Safer Cities

The Safer Cities initiative aims to build safe, accountable and exclusive cities, especially for adolescent girls and women.

The initiative strives to increase safety and access to public spaces for women and girls; their independent and unrestricted use of public transport and meaningful participation in urban governance, planning and management. The initiative will aim to benefit more than 1 million individuals. A global initiative led by Plan International, Safer Cities is currently being implemented in five cities across the globe: Delhi, Cairo, Hanoi, Kampala and Lima.

Key Achievements in Delhi

  • 200,000 community members and general public have committed to the safer cities programme
  • 14,600 adolescent girls, 5,000 adolescent boys, 1,500 youth girls, 500 youth boys and 1,000 parents have been instrumental in propelling the programme forward through sustained engagements to create a culture of understanding and appreciation amongst the different generations on issues of safety
  • The first batch of 317 adolescent girls trained on self-defense and got certified by Parivartan Cell of Delhi Police
  • Over 1,200 youth and adolescents have been part of the ‘Champions of Change’ training module, including 250 girls who have been trained through digital medium
  • More than 350 government officials (decision makers, policy implementers) and 180 transport staff (formal and informal) have committed to making cities safer for girls
  • 21 safety audits conducted by young girls and boys to identify key issues in their communities
  • 1,149 participants including 526 women, 353 girls, 192 boys and 78 youth volunteers were part of the community score card process to evaluate community services
  • Ten Delhi University colleges and more than 10,000 students participated in awareness campaigns
  • Over 200 Safe Houses have been identified on transit routes used by girls in Mangolpuri and Madanpur Khadar