Does she travel safe? | Sunday Observer

Does she travel safe?

The Town Hall building in Colombo came alive with a stunning digital installation to raise awareness about safety for women travelling in public transport on Friday, March 1.

Titled ‘Does she travel safe?’, the installation will light up the iconic building in the capital until International Women’s Day which falls on March 8.

Last year, a study conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) found that 90 per cent of Sri Lankan women and girls have faced sexual harassment in public buses and trains at least once in their lifetime and that only 4 per cent of women sought assistance from the police in those cases.

“No woman or girl should have to silently endure such harassment,” tweeted Joanne Doornewaard, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka who was present at the launch of the campaign last week.

The installation and exhibition is a collaboration between the UNFPA, the Colombo Municipal Council, the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, and features real stories of women and girls who have faced harassment in public transport in Sri Lanka. Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake said sexual harassment in public transport was a “priority national issue.”

“It is important that women are part of the planning and implementation of development projects to ensure a holistic approach towards making Colombo a safer space for all women and girls,” she said.