Indonesia - Safe Cities - safer and more inclusive public transportation
Scenes from the morning commute in Jakarta, Indonesia.
UN Women has established partnership with TransJakarta, a government owned transportation provider in Jakarta. Through this partnership a number of activities will be conducted including training on gender based violence (GBV) prevention and handling for bus operators, and raising awareness on GBV prevention in public transportation through campaign activities.
The “Piloting Safe and Inclusive Cities for Women and Girls in Jakarta” (Safe Jakarta) project, is developed with the understanding that in Indonesia, like in many other countries, violence and the fear of violence often play a role in hindering women's rights to the city. There is very little data available about the city from a gender perspective and women's experiences in Indonesia as strong evidence to design comprehensive approach in addressing violence against women from city governance perspective. The Safe Jakarta Project is attempting to respond to this concern, drawing lessons and good practices shared by UN Women Safe Cities Global Programme. The Global Programme was geared towards assessing the impact of safe city initiatives. It is also envisioned that the programme will generate support for the notion that comprehensive safe cities strategies help advance women’s rights and gender equality across a wider spectrum of socio-economic domains.
The project started in 2015 by consultation with the government of Jakarta and Ministry of Women’s Empowerment who are very supportive. The overall aim that we would like to achieve is making Jakarta a modern city that is safer and more inclusive for women and girls, where public space and infrastructures are free from threats of violence so that women could have better access to education and economic sources. At the end, it will contribute to making better lives for women and girls and the entire population of Jakarta.
Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown