Public Safety: February – October 2013

Three neighbourhoods. 17 Haiyya Organizing Fellows . 50 Bravehearts. 2000 citizens for a safer Mumbai.




Haiyya launched the first wave of our campaign on Public Safety in response to the horrific Nirbhaya rape case in Delhi in December. We saw an amazing energy from the protests, but a lack of long-term change in our own communities.

Through neighborhood organizing, however, neighbours found a way to work together to make a difference and make Mumbai safer. 12 founding organizers built teams, organized self-defense workshops, and learned how to work with police and authorities.

After conducting information fairs and individual meetings with over 1000 citizens, they created a team of 50 volunteers called Bravehearts (read more here). These volunteers ensured that cases of their neighbors were filed and addressed by collectively approaching the police, and won the support of the local MLA for better policing and CCTV cameras in DeMonte Park.

In the second wave of our Public Safety campaign, five more organizers expanded their work to Panvel, where they staged rallies for safety, conducted workshops to teach citizens about the Right to Information, and built teams who worked with student groups to make colleges in Panvel and Chembur safer for all students.

Location : Mumbai, India
Address : C/o Enam Securities, 2A & 2B, Hari Chambers, 58, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, Across Lions Gate, Fort, Mumbai- 400013, India