1. Efforts are being made to create safer spaces for women and girls in India’s urban areas, but rural women are being left behind.
2. The kNOw Fear pilot project is the first model to examine the safety of public spaces in India’s rural communities.
3. The kNOw Fear team talked to men, women, and girls from 16 villages about how they use public spaces, their perceptions of safety, and instances of sexual violence.
4. They found that young men’s access to public spaces is unrestricted by social custom, family, or community.
5. “If I get a chance, I would like to be a boy because I can leave the house whenever I like.”
6. Most girls and women reported that they go to shops and markets alone, but they avoid recreational areas like parks, restaurants, and cinemas
7. because their families prevent them, people may judge them, and for fear of sexual violence.
8. More than two-thirds of young men, women, and adolescent girls feel that village public spaces are unsafe for women after dark.
9. Nearly half of female respondents experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. The majority didn’t inform authorities or take any action.
10. Approximately 70% of young men reported witnessing an act of sexual violence against women, but the majority considered the issues minor and didn’t intervene.
11. Young men are part of the kNOw Fear strategy to redefine male roles by rethinking the notion of masculinity.
12. They’re raising awareness in their communities, advocating for political change, and monitoring public spaces for safety concerns.
13. The kNOw Fear pilot will help define the scope of the problem of women’s safety in public spaces and shape relevant interventions.