This is one of our largest programmes under our gender justice initiative. It aims at positively engaging with public transport drivers and encourages them to adopt professional behaviours and practices which would make women and girls feel safe while commuting in public transport. The programme is popularly known as BarabarikiDagar,Surakshit Safar (aspiring for gender equality through creating safe travel). Today the programme has engaged with more than 5 lac public drivers from across Delhi and NCR, entire state of Haryana and major metropolitan cities. The programme is supported by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) under its CSR initiative, Uber India and Ford Foundation.

In partnership with  IGL

the programme is being implemented in Delhi & NCR for the past 5 years. All public transport drivers (bus, cab, auto, e-rickshaw etc.) undergo a 2-3 hours interactive training on gender, gender based violence, and laws to protect women from gender based violence. The signup for this programme is linked with their license renewal or vehicle fitness process which has commendably ensured seamless integration of the programme within the already existing transport department’s system. Being undertaken for almost half a decade, the programme has organically grown into engaging with the drivers beyond class room trainings and has also evolved innovative ways to drive positive mindsets and attitudes in their personal life as well. Some of these initiatives entail:

Safe gaadi

It is a mobile app which has been explicitly developed for drivers which they download post training on their smart phones. The app comprises of learning material on gender, violence against women, laws pertaining to violence against, latest updates on programme activities like scholarship for their daughters, important days and celebrations on various social issues, drivers’ stories of positive change and actions etc. To ensure sustained use and interest of drivers for the app, learning material is in the form of incentive based games and quiz with extensive use of audio-video tools. The app is available on App store for androids and iPhone and can be downloaded here.

Home visits

This entails programme team undertaking home visits to meet family members of drivers on a voluntary basis. During these interactions family members share positive stories of change especially, which they have been experiencing as a result of their driver family member’s participation in the programme.

Daughters of Delhi

This is another programme strategy to enable gender equality travel to personal life of drivers. Two kinds of scholarships under this initiative are offered to daughters of drivers. While the first one provides financial support aide high school education the second one is for skill building diploma/certified courses to those daughters who had to drop out from school.

Collective events for change

This is a strategic activity to reengage drivers on various social issues to be active citizens, on important days in the history of women’s rights and human such as International Women’s Day, Human Rights Day. AIDS Day etc. drivers along with the programme team undertake events to engage with the larger community on some of these issues.

Change-makers

Change makers are gender sensitized drivers who engage with the tool kit of a Snakes and Ladders- entailing educative messaging on gender sensitive behaviors to adopt- with members of their family and community.  In this game, gender norms are metaphorically represented as ‘snakes’ and gender-inclusive narratives are shown to be ‘ladders’. When this game is played personal spaces of homes and communities, it creates a safe space for a dialogue to begin on important issues of gender. It makes drivers a catalyst of creating gender sensitive behavioral changes in micro levels or personal spaces, which allows for larger changes to occur in macro, being public spaces.

Cohorts

This is a strategic activity to reengage drivers on various social issues to be active citizens, on important days in the history of women’s rights and human such as International Women’s Day, Human Rights Day. AIDS Day etc. drivers along with the programme team undertake events to engage with the larger community on some of these issues.

In Partnership with Uber India,

three years ago created another milestone for the programme to engage with public private transport in key metropolitan cities of the country- Gurugram, Pune, Mumbai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore. Gender sensitization sessions are being conducted with the Uber driver partners in these cities. This initiative was launched in  2018 and today has engaged with more than a lac of Uber driver partner. The model is a combination of incentive and self-motivation and has constantly proven itself to be adding value to the business and brand of the Uber India.

In Partnership with UNICEF and India Oil Corporation (IOC)

paved way for the programme to be implemented in all 21 districts of the state of Haryana. 13000 drivers and conductors of Haryana Roadways undergo training on gender sensitive professional behaviours and stress management. This was the beginning in the state which was followed by the organisation entering into a memorandum of understanding with the Haryana State Government to implement the programme with all public transport drivers in the state. In its first phase the programme has been launched in four districts- Kaithal, Gurugram, Rewari and Karnal. This component is being supported by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) under its CSR initiative.

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