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/.
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.