Bonds for Gender Sensitization is a one-of-its-kind intervention with
drivers of public transport vehicles aimed at enhancing safety in Delhi by
engaging men in gender justice. The Building Bond trainings sensitize all
commercial vehicle drivers including auto-rickshaw, taxi and bus drivers in
gender justice and equity through interactive workshops. This act as a tipping
point and will bring about a cultural change. The programme has successfully
trained over 100,000 auto drivers and over 45000 taxi drivers. This has been possible with the support of Delhi State Transport Department, the Ford
Foundation, Indraprastha Gas Limited, Maruti, and the Driving Training
Institute, Ashok Leyland.
In a city where 80% women commuters
opt for autos and taxis as their mode of public transport, taxi and auto
drivers are critical to creating a safe transport experience. By engaging men
involved in delivering everyday public transport, Building Bonds program
fosters empathy and support; and bridges the gap between the drivers and the
women in Delhi. This ensures that the drivers are actively involved in ensuring
safety and respect for women.
Manas has been a key participant in
working with the Delhi State Transport Department in bringing a policy level
impact. We have got in place a mandatory issuance for drivers to undergo
gender-sensitization workshops prior to renewal/issuance of their fitness
Innovative, Behavior Change Module
Our innovative one hour,
face-to-face training module is based on scientific psychological principals
and employs pictures, storytelling, group discussions and experience-sharing
methods. The training exhorts the participants to bring about a behavioral
change in response to the cognitive dissonance that is intentionally created
during the training. The training combines mental health with gender justice.
The Building Bond module provides
training that generates Social
Responsibility, Professional Behavior, Empathy and Care [SPEC-Approach] among the drivers. Through these
internal changes and reinforcement of their importance with respect to creating
an accessible and safe transport system for women, we aim to develop a sense of
ownership among the drivers.
After Training Support
A unique feature of Building Bonds
is the Auto-Sahara and Taxi-Sahara helpline, a medium by which auto and taxi
drivers can ask questions and receive responses on gender sensitive behavior.
This increases the possibility of a two-way dialogue on gender, and creates an
ongoing engagement with the drivers. Drivers can call and share their concerns,
peculiar situations and challenges that they may face that are gender-specific
and are facilitated aptly.