With Public Spaces
Who is a DARE?
Anyone can be a DARE. However, for the purpose of scope to define this within the proposal, any vendor who has a shop on the street or any person who spends a lot of time on the street is a #DARE for us. This individual will now intervene whenever a woman is in distress.
If there is a stalker - the local shopkeeper who watches overcomes to her rescue if there is a troublesome man at a bus stop - a flower vendor lady comes to help or even if there is a problematic boy in college - a chaiwala reaches out to her!
These people are everyday citizens who occupy public spaces with us. They are regularly in the same place and know the space well - sometimes even better than us. They are best placed to be #RealHeroes - but they are ignorant of the fact. We will be getting them on board by equipping them.
Why create a DARE on streets?
For women, walking on the streets alone during dark hours or walking on an empty street is quite a nightmare. But what if there could be one person having our back on every street we go to?
Say, if there is a stalker, what if a local shopkeeper watches this and comes to our rescue?
If there is a troublesome man at a bus stop - a flower vendor lady comes to help!
If there is a problematic boy just outside the college, then the watchman reaches out to you!
The local shopkeeper, the flower seller, the chaiwala, are everyday citizens who occupy public spaces with us. They regularly occupy the same place and are familiar with space well, sometimes even better than us. They are best placed to be #DARE, aren’t they?
Durga involves them in the conversation and solution to threats to women’s safety. How do we do this? By converting local individuals into DAREs - Durgas Are Real heroes Everywhere.
At Durga, our focus is on building empathy in people to want to acknowledge any situation of harassment around them and try to do something about it. We strongly believe that if people begin to empathise with another person’s situation, they will automatically be geared to helping them as well. This is true for any situation and not just for sexual abuse or sexual harassment.
How to create a DARE?
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