By Aisha Lovely George (Hidden Pockets Collective) & Nafisa Ferdous (CREA)
This piece was first published on CREA on 22nd May,2017.
Abortion stigma can often lead to negative consequences for young, single women in need of accessing safe abortion services. There are several challenges that women face starting with lack of information on abortion itself, not knowing where to access services, encountering judgmental provider attitudes and bias, prohibitive cost, and fear due to social norms. These and other factors can push women into vulnerable situations where they opt for unsafe services that put their lives and health at risk.
Often, the first major difficulty that women face is locating facilities for obtaining safe service. This was the origin for Hidden Pockets and CREA’s mapping exercise. Hidden Pockets with support from CREA conducted a mapping exercise in Delhi and Chandigarh to locate approved Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) centres and then geolocate them on digital maps. We believe in making data publicly available to so that people can conveniently locate public health service centres that are both affordable and offer quality MTP services. These maps give out details of approved health facilities and can easily be accessed through any of your digital devices.
To know more about the #AborTheStigma campaign by CREA, please check out the website: http://www.creaworld.org/.
Single woman exploring Mumbai for the first time!
Mumbai is known for its stardom, for its local trains, Marine drive, Mumbai wala attitude and many more things. It is a city which never sleeps. It’s a city made of beautiful public spaces, yum food especially vada pav, expressive people, highly active dabbawalas, the list never ends 😊. So, I got this chance of staying in Mumbai for a week and that too during January so the weather was good. This is the first time I travelled alone in Mumbai and saw the city alone. So, four things for single women travellers who want to explore Mumbai 😉
- The Local Trains: The local trains are so well connected around the city. If one wants to enjoy a real ride, they should try local trains. You would learn about the city map soon. The women coach makes the local trains more approachable. One can see that the women who have a fix time table about their travelling time, have already made their own friends in the coach. Most of them know each other, most of them work in the same office. The Female students also take woman coach. By the time you end your journey you would probably speak to at least one co woman passenger. Most of them have travelled through local trains for decades, so all will give their valuable inputs if one would ask for help. And these inputs would really help you in your travel. The train from Bandra to Churchgate normally remains lesser crowded than the other trains. If one is planning to travel from Bandra to south Mumbai, then this train would be helpful. Maximum it costs INR 10. The feel of the women coach is really different. It somewhere gives the feeling of being united. It gives the feeling that we all are together and nobody can touch us. Each and every women passenger in the coach sits as if she owns that space and most of them are very comfortable with each other. I felt as if they were my protectors. I felt safe. So, women try out the woman coach in local trains and explore the city and your own self.
- The Kali Pilli Cabs – I landed at the Mumbai airport at 9:30 pm. I came out and started checking city maps. I had byhearted the direction but still was feeling bit hesitated to take cabs. Then suddenly a woman approached me asking where I wanted to go. I told her the place and told her that I was looking for a cab. To my surprise, she told me she is a taxi driver, I was shocked. I had never seen a woman taxi driver. Suddenly I got my lost confidence and I took her cab. I felt very relaxed cause she was with me. She told me that she was from Priyadarshini – Taxi Services (Only women taxi drivers), they provide 24 hours’ services. I forgot to check my map and the only thing now I remember is the beautiful drive we had, talking about our lives and laughing. I felt relaxed and safe. We reached my destination by 10:30pm. She said a sweet good bye and left. Women taxi drivers!! I am still amazed. So, ladies if you are alone and you need a taxi at night and you are not sure what to do, you can always call up – Priyadarshini – Taxi Service.
- Free Public Spaces – When it comes to public spaces, Mumbai is one of the first cities which comes to anyone’s mind. Mumbai never sleeps!!! Yes, it is true! Starting from Marine Drive, Chowpatty , Juhu Beach, Nariman Point, Colaba market, all these public spaces are free. One can sit and enjoy the place and wander in dreams. The beauty rises at night, when the yellow lights from the street lights lit up the place. Here one can sit for long hours staring at the sea, looking at people and the food stalls. Here there is no time boundaries. Men, women, families, can sit and enjoy the breeze as long they want to without any time constraints. So, ladies if you are alone try visiting these places. More than fun these places are meant for relaxing and breathing.
- South Mumbai infrastructure – The architecture of the buildings in south Mumbai is amazing. “It blends Gothic, Victorian, Art Deco, Indo-Saracenic and contemporary architectural styles.” Says The Hindu (Newspaper). In simple words, the architecture is beautiful. One can walk around the place and have one’s pleasure walk around these architectures. The CST Terminal, Bombay High court, St. Xavier’s college. One should walk these lanes and see. Evening walks are the best.
So if you are looking for a place to unwind and a place where no one is going to stare at you cos you are woman, Mumbai might just be your place! 🙂
Dhaval from Ahmedabad on behalf of Hidden Pockets, asked residents of Ahmedabad, where did they feel safe and why. Most of the respondents were women and it was interesting to realize though they loved some of the spots on this map, there were places they would have loved to visit, if only the narratives around those spots were different.
For most of the residents of Ahmedabad, food was a great source of pleasure, and it also justified the presence of so many women in public places; for their love of food, brought them out.
Some of the places in India, where events are happening for #IWillGoOut.
31 cities to be part of this!
Go walk and be the stars of this night.
Listen to what some people who joined the walk had to say:
When the whole world is busy telling you, the public places are unsafe what does one do?
We thought the same and there were thousands of us, who wanted to go out but wanted a group of people they could trust. In our campaign #makeyourcityinclusive campaign, we asked people which were the places they felt safe and what were the reasons associated with it.
We had different people answering from various cities helping us locate places which they thought to be safe and inclusive in their own cities.
In this map, we had Bangalore people helping us some identify some of these places.
Do check it and if there are more places that you liked, do tell us!
Hidden-Pockets team went looking for Abortion Clinics in some of the government hospitals in Bangalore. Here are 5 of them that we found and were actually good services.
Please do find the nearest metro lines for easy accessibility.
Listing of Hospitals:
a) Haji Sir Ismail Sait Gosha Hospital
b) Room no. 27, Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital
c) Room no. 29 – Victoria Hospital
In a search for pleasure pockets for single women in the Delhi to hangout, we found these spots which women associated with safe, accessible and fun places to be!
Go ahead and click the spots and identify the spaces.
Blue Circle – Free place
Green Circle – Paid place
If you have more of these spaces, please do write to us!
Some of the Mental Health Professionals based out of city of Delhi. They are practicing Psychotherapists. Their fees range from case to case.
The metro lines help you identify the ones closest to your places.
TARSHI helped in curating this list.
a) Mandakini Enclave,Alakanand
b) Masjid Moth
d) Greater Kailash-1
e) Haus Khas
f) Okhla Industrial Area
g) Vaishali Gaziabad
h) Kamla Nagar
k) Ambedkar University Delhi
Anti Retro-viral Treatment Centers for HIV in Delhi
Curated by Delhi Positive Women’s Network. HIV and AIDS Anti retroviral therapy treatment can be accessed in these public institutions. They provide for free testing.
Please click the orange markers on the map for more details.
Baba Sahib Ambedkar Hospital, Rohini Sector 6.
Deep Chand Bhandhu Government Hospital, Ashok Vihar.
GTB Hospital, Dilshad Garden.
Deen Dayal Hospital, Hari Nagar.
LNJP Hospital, Daryaganj.
RML Hospital, Shankar Road.
Kalavati Children’s Hospital.
Safdarjung Hospital, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Lala Ram Sarup TB Hospital.