Rethinking urban transportation systems

Safecity SDG 11 7

I invite you to a week long discussion on safety in urban transportation systems on Twitter as a part of a month long discussion on Sustainable Development Goal no. 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities. Follow @pinthecreep on Twitter for the discussion. I’ll be curating this week again. I welcome you all.

This is a part of Safecity‘s discussion on safe and sustainable cities. For the entire month of April, Safecity is making a case for women’s safety in our cities and communities – one of the targets of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. As a part of this worldwide effort, we are focusing on Goal 11 – ‘Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’. I curate Safecity’s Twitter account this week again with a focus on urban transportation systems. I’ll also be conducting a Twitter chat on safe cycling in Indian cities on 21st April 2016, Thursday, 9PM IST/ 11:30 AM EST. Save the date!

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Join me with Safecity for a discussion on Safe and Sustainable Cities

For the entire month of April, Safecity is making a case for safety, especially women’s safety in our cities and communities – one of the targets of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. As a part of this worldwide effort, we are focusing on Goal 11 – ‘Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’.

Safecity (registered under Red Dot Foundation) is a platform, founded in 2012, that crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces. This data which maybe anonymous, gets aggregated as hot spots on a map indicating trends at a local level. The idea is to make this data useful for individuals, local communities and local administration to identify factors that causes behavior that leads to violence and work on strategies for solutions.

Come join me with Safecity for a discussion on safe and sustainable cities!

I curate Safecity’s Twitter account this week again for the third time, for an exchange of thoughts, a debate, new perspectives, and most importantly to know more about what it takes to make our cities safer for all. I discuss this with a focus on ‘Omission of women in urban planning’. I’ll also be conducting a Twitter chat concerning safety in India’s 100 smart cities on 8th April 2016 9 PM IST/11:30 PM EST. Save the date!

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I’ve never discussed this on my blog before, therefore a background is called for. Somewhere in August 2014 and also in October 2015 I’ve had a chance to be a , where I was able to engage the audience in different perspectives on how different things connected to women’s safety. There was a theme for every week – ranging from – how involvement of women in the environmental movement will help us find and implement solutions to our environmental crisis, women in STEM, awareness through art, role of government and laws for women’s safety, how the changing environmental conditions affect women in particular, with respect to energy, water and climate change, gender gap and sustainability, the role of media and advertising in women empowerment or the lack of it, role of comedy and feminism in women’s safety, an unbiased look at violence against both men and women, women in waste management and the safety issues related to it, how technology, science and education can help bridge the gender gap and how it is possible, and gender issues in sustainable development and how the world is resolving them. I even conducted a Twitter chat on #SaferCities for female tourists/commuters.

Following are the themes discussed with Safecity’s followers in detail:

Greener world with women

Science & Technology

Art and women

Ideas for womens’ safety (IDEO)

Food for thought


Government and laws

Gender gap and sustainability

  • Do you know any organizations that provide women what they need to be a part of the process towards sustainable development?
  • One such organization is the UN. One of UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) is #genderequality. What do we need to reach this goal? 1/2
  • Let’s start with these three things: 1. access to education and training 2. information and technologies 3. decision-making. What else? 2/2
  • Let’s discuss how the changing environmental conditions affect women in particular, with respect to energy, water and climate change.
  • Indoor smoke from solid fuel causes chronic diseases and cancer in women. Does LPG Subsidy Surrender Campaign help? Your thoughts. #giveitup
  • Indoor smoke from solid fuels affects women and children to a higher degree than men. Do you know any innovations sprouting out of this need?
  • Women in India spend 150 million work days every year fetching and carrying water via @UN_Water #WaterforWomen
  • Women in Hubli-Dharwad in India have to wait up to 10 days for water via @UN_Water #WaterforWomen @nextdrop has a solution.
  • Why #climatechange is a women’s rights issue? 1/3
  • Women constitute majority of world’s poor. More dependent for their livelihood on natural resources threatened by #climatechange. 2/3
  • How can women help in climate change mitigation and adaption? Can we use their unique knowledge on local ecosystems? 3/3

Role of media in women empowerment

  • The False Mirror: Representation of Women in Indian Advertising
  • Are Men The Latest Victims Of Media Misrepresentation?
  • Share with us the advertisement that you have seen has been designed to deceive people and how.
  • Pro-women Twitter activism, another media influencing the gender equation #leanin #changetheratio #girlsrising #womenshould #bringourgirlsback #wearesilent Add some more?
  • Pro-men Twitter activism  #YesAllMen #NotAllMen #stopmensabuse Add some more?
  • Here’s one more: #ILookLikeAnEngineer ‘I Look Like an Engineer’ Campaign Is Hitting the Highway in Silicon Valley
  • Women professionals r under-represented in news or stereotypically portrayed whn they r included. Do u agree?
  • “In the fight 4 TV Rating Points we r losing out on constructive debates and awareness programmes tht TV can offer.” ½
  • What kind of constructive debates and awareness programmes do you think the TV can offer? 2/2
  • How do you define feminism? What does it mean to be a feminist? What does this label stand for? How does #TheFWord appear in media
  • The “F” Word: How the Media Frame Feminism #TheFWord ⅔
  • #HatchKids Learn About the F-Word from Lady Gaga, Amy Schumer, and President Obama #TheFWord 3/3
  • Recent series of videos – Living in a Man’s World. Putting women in men’s shoes and vice versa.
  • 10 Popular Bollywood Songs That Are Highly Gender-Discriminating

Comedy, feminism, women’s safety – Tuesday

  • Importance of Stand Up Comedy ½
  • ‘Stand up comedy is 1 of d most powerful tools 2 educate, heal, incite, n make people ponder about ideas n things beyond themselves’ 2/2
  • EIC: Sex Education in India
  • What do you think about sex education in India? 2/2
  • Bill Maher vs Feminism Do you share the same view as Bill Maher?
  • Bill Burr on Feminism & Sexist Irony Do you share the same view as Bill Burr?
  • Richard Dawkins is not a stand up comedian but hear him share a feminist literature. What do you think leads to such literature?
  • Dave Chapelle – Men and Women Psychology Do you share the same view as Dave Chapelle?
  • Women: Know Your Limits! Harry Enfield – BBC comedy Share your favorite sarcasm piece.
  • Aziz Ansari embraces feminism on the Late Show with David Letterman.
  • Vasundhara – Is Shaadi A License To Rape In India?? How can we avoid marital rape?
  • Louis CK ‘There is no greater threat to women than men’ Do you share the same view as Louis?
  • Using a cartoon and humor to fight violence against women Share your favorite cartoon that conveys this message.

Violence against men and women

Women in waste management

  • Handling waste poses many health risks. Informal waste pickers are exposed to contaminants and hazardous materials.
  • Gender-sensitive approach, gender equity, empowerment of women are critical in the support of new initiatives.
  • Both men n women waste workers face disrespect of fellow-citizens, as handling untreated waste is considered demeaning. Let’s change that.
  • Women are widely active in waste picking, micro-enterprise seem to be more often initiated, operated, managed by men 1/4
  • All-women’s enterprises or cooperatives such as the Stree Mukti Sanghatana are changing this. 2/4
  • Stree Mukti Sanghatana with the help of @bmcmumbai address the problems of waste and of self-employed women involved 3/4
  • #ShaadiCares partners with Stree Mukti Sanghatana to setup a Women’s Rehab Centre (Mumbai). 4/4
  • SWaCH, Pune is India’s first wholly-owned cooperative of self-employed waste pickers and other urban poor.
  • 85-year-old woman inspires neighbours to work on waste management Do you have such people around you? Pls share.
  • 14-year-old girls code app that cleans up India’s streets
  • Women Entrepreneurs Help Pilot India’s First Citywide Recycling Program
  • Equal opportunities for women in waste management industry

Twitter chat on #SaferCities for female tourists/commuters

QA: To start the #Tweetchat, what’s ur self defense tool against physical abuse while travelling? chilli powder, nail filers? Has it worked? #SaferCities #VAW #PublicSafety

QB: As opposed to defense, what preventive measures have you taken to keep yourself safe? #SaferCities

QC: Do you use any app to keep yourself safe? Which one is it? #SaferCities

QD: What would be your suggestion to the Indian govt to make the India’s 100 Smart Cities safe? #SaferCities

QE: What are your ‘do’s and don’ts’ for foreign women travelling to India? #SaferCities

QF: If any foreign women tourist is reading us, please tell us why would you hesitate to travel to India. #SaferCities

QG: To wrap up, what’s your one tip/head’s up that you’d give to someone who wants to learn to keep herself safe? #SaferCities

To see the entire Tweet chat click here.

Technology, science and education

  • India could add 60% to 2025 GDP by bridging gender gap at work: McKinsey
  • India has the highest difference between women and men on the average minutes spent per day on unpaid work—a difference of 300 minutes. Why?
  • India has one of the lowest percentages of firms with female participation in ownership. Why?
  • What can India do about this? Is teaching girls to code enough? #stemwomen
  • What do you think are the reasons behind the gender gap in tech, engineering, and math?
  • What advice would you give your younger self? #DearMe #womenintech
  • Hear from women and girls about how their passion for science and technology first developed and those who were overlooked. #BeTheSpark ½
  • Tell us what got you into science and technology and how has it helped you live a better life #BeTheSpark 2/3
  • Meet cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari. 1/2
  • I never knew there’s something like that that I could do. What is it that you wished you knew about careers in science and tech? 2/2
  • Drugs and pollution can be biased to gender. Check out the tweets that follow to find out how. 1/3
  • Alyson McGregor: Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women ⅔
  • The Disappearing Male is about the toxic threat to the male reproductive system. 3/3

Waste Management’s Twitter Chat – How to Make the Circular Economy Work


Hey guys, yesterday we had a great chat on waste management, with participants working in various areas like CSR, social media consultants, graphic designing, climate solutions entrepreneurs, and university. Details of each of the participants are given at the end of this post. Here’s the story:

Twitter chat on January 27 at 2 P.M. EST. The hashtag is #SustainForum #wastemanagement

And I forgot to use the hashtag for Q6. Don’t ever do that in Twitter chats. :/

The details of the participants are as follows:


Participant Twitter handle About
Waste Management @WasteManagement Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive environmental solutions in North America.
Julie Urlaub @TaigaCompany Communications & Social Marketing Expert for Conscious Brands – Founder of Taiga Company
Marissa Rosen @MarissaR1 Director of Social Media @TriplePundit; Associate @SustranaTalks; M.Environmental Studies Alum @Penn;#sustainability & #socialmedia consultant; fan of #BCorps
LSI Greenvision @lsigreenvision Green Vision are advocates and leaders in Sustainability in the Built Environment. We also run LSI SEEDS conference & RISE awards
Kaliq Ray @KaliqRay graphic designer
Chelsea Wulff @ecowulff 20something corporate #Sustainability/#CSR Communications Professional
Martin Brown @fairsnape Innovative sustainability, social media & biz improvement consultant | living building ambassador | forthcoming book:@FutuREstorative
Caroline @CarolineLHowe Climate solutions entrepreneur, compost creator, frequent potluck-er, youth organizer, waste upcycler
UDeI Sustainability @UDelSustainable Sustainability at the University of Delaware
Rideshare Company @Rideshare_Co Services and programs that would make it easier for people to get to and from work


SolarChat on Twitter: American Corporate Solar Champions

Last week, I participated in a #SolarChat on Twitter, “American Corporate Solar Champions,” which showcases corporate solar champions featured in SEIA’s “Solar Means Business” report. Questions from Raina Brett Russo ‏@EcoOutfitters.

Here are some of the questions that interested me and to which I answered:


My answer: (Or rather a question back) I wondered if any of the business models included rental or secondary market (second-hand) for solar panels? Also, promising and long-lasting solar panels (Solar cell degradation)

Companies involved in the renting/leasing business:

Source: Howstuffworks, theenergycollective


My answer: Geography and demographics. #solarchat #India is a great place for the solar industry to flourish.

Best places for solar power:

India‘s high population and high solar insolation, makes it a perfect place for solar power installations. While it is gaining speed in this sector, there are other countries who have harnessed solar energy and these are:

  1. The Netherlands
  2. France
  3. Australia
  4. Italy
  5. South Korea
  6. China
  7. United States
  8. Japan
  9. Spain
  10. Germany

Source: Discovery News

Further reading: Washington Post for solar resource map of US and Wiki for solar resource map of India.


My answer: Money and transparency.

One other thing I’d like to add to this is ‘effective communication’. People need to know how they can benefit from solar technologies.


My answer: Finance research in solar energy. Governments can ask schools to include solar and renewable energy options in their curriculum and not just in a passing way.


My answer: For me @TeslaMotors has done a great job at making me love solar impacting EVs.

For the whole list of questions and to see what others had to say, click here.

Any thoughts you’d care to share? Please do.