Between 25 November and 10 December 2010, Prajnya organised the 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence in Chennai, for the third successive year.
What we tried to do, how we think we fared
• This year we wanted to spotlight safety in public spaces. We piloted a Women’ Safety Audit in one South Chennai neighbourhood and shared the report at a public forum around the question, “Is Chennai Safe for Women?”
• Public spaces were also the subject of the consultation we organised between student union representatives and Chennai Police. While getting colleges to respond and participate remains a big challenge, those who did respond did so with an encouraging enthusiasm.
• Prajnya has wanted to work with the administration and police, facilitating an interface between them and civil society. This year, we made a beginning with a fruitful partnership with Chennai Police, whose representatives were present at the public forum and the seminar on ICT and gender violence, in addition to the special consultation, Intersect.