If women in Delhi can roam around freely without any fear during daytime, then why not in the night? To deal with this a night walk has been organized in the city called ‘Claim Your City by Night’. NGOs have come together calling for fun loving and equality minded youngsters to participate in this nigh walk today.
“Night is a beautiful time when people can be together and enjoy the beautiful city as during day time most of us are confined to our spaces but tragically night can be very unsafe,” says Shivani Bharadwaj, Programme Director Sathi All For Partnerships (SAFP) and one of the organizers of the walk. “An intern working with us called Emmanuelle Paris- Cohen from Canada came up with this idea of a night walk because she was not able to roam freely in the city during night time,” she says.
Holding night walks is a popular strategy that has been adopted by feminists across the world as protests against violence against women. One such walk took place in 2009 that was organized by feminist groups in Birmingham (United Kingdom) against rape and all forms of violence against women and it was called Reclaim the Night.
“This walk is being held to show that why should there be any fear in our minds when we are out in the night time. We had planned this walk before and these recent rape cases only show the fact that how unsafe the city becomes during night time. There should be a safe city and a productive city. The walk will start at 6.30 pm and go on till 9 pm. This initiative has resulted in vast mobilization of people, especially youth, in Delhi, who feel strongly about gender equality, freedom from gender based violence, and access to public space.,” says Shivani.
- 10th December, 6.30 Pm to 9 pm,
- The walk will start from Barakhambha road and go towards Connaught Place.