Kalpana Viswanath

Anahita Speaker Series


Creating Safer Cities

India has repeatedly come under scrutiny for its unsafe public spaces, especially for women. This has a wide ranging impact on how women are perceived in society, how they navigate public spaces, and the employment options available to women across the country. An inaccessible and unsafe public environment, along with multiple other factors, have contributed to India's dismally low labour force participation rate. An organization working toward alleviating this problem, by providing a number of technology solutions to make cities safer for women and others, is Safetipin.

In the fifth edition of the Anahita Speaker Series, Kalpana Viswanath, co-founder and chief executive officer of Safetipin, drew on her experience to give us an insight into how technology can play a role in making cities safer for everyone, especially women.

Speaker: Kalpana Viswanath is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Safetipin. She has worked on issues of gender and urbanization for over twenty years, with several organizations, such as UN Women and UN Habitat. She is also the chairperson of Jagori, and a board member of the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime. The talk was moderated by Kirithiga Selladurai, a Vedica Scholar.

This event summary was prepared by Medha Prasanna, a research intern at Carnegie India.