Safe City Pledge was initiated in December 2012, in the midst of public anger, protests and outrage after the Delhi Gang Rape. On January 1st , 2013 citizens, organisations, and allies, across 12 cities and towns in India and internationally , self organised, mobilising, fellow citizens to take the Safe City Pledge.
Each of us carries the capacity to influence a safe space. Each of us, can take a small step, towards big change.
What is your Safe City Pledge?
Safe City Pledge calls for a 360 degree approach to building safe cities. It invites citizens, people, communities to step in, to identify, recognise, articulate the one small thing each person can do to make a safe space. Safe City Pledge is based on the premise that each citizen has both the power and ability to influence change . It mobilised citizens across roles and professions to identify their role towards tackling violence against women and building safe cities.
Hence what would a school teacher pledge, film maker pledge to construct masculinity and femininity, what would the police pledge? Can the police pledge to work on restoring building public trust ? Safe City Pledge is the start of a conversation around building ownership and responsibility, accountability to end sexual and gender based violence.
Since then #SafeCityPledge has built tweetathons, facilitated workshops in schools, colleges.
Safe City Pledge Tweetathon : 24 hours , 24 curators, and thousands of personal pledges on twitter, channelled collective rage to tangible , personalised action. Safe City Pledge Tweetathon was featured in the Atlantic .
Action Heroes Yamini Deen, Bhamati Sivapalan and Viveka Chauhan led Safe City Pledge programme in high schools in New Delhi. Action Hero Annie Zaidi led a Safe City Pledge talk in Mumbai. Action Heroes Shivangini Tandon and Maria Del Rio worked collaboratively with organisations in New Delhi , with the Safe City Pledge initiative.