All women are asked to leave college or their workplace before it turns dark. If a woman is out late, be it for work or just catching up with friends, there are a zillion things that are running in her mind to ensure she reaches home safe and sound. From keeping family and friends’ numbers on speed dial, to dressing appropriately and waiting for the cab at a well-lit place, to not stepping out alone at night. Freedom comes at a cost for women. But how can this change? How can public spaces like parks, bus stops, sidewalks, beaches, and libraries be a place where women can head out without having the constant fear that things can go wrong?!
All women are asked to leave college or their workplace before it turns dark. If a woman is out late, be it for work or just catching up with friends, there are a zillion things that are running in her mind to ensure she reaches home safe and sound. From keeping family and friends’ numbers on speed dial, to dressing appropriately and waiting for the cab at a well-lit place, to not stepping out alone at night. Freedom comes at a cost for women. But how can this change? How can public spaces like parks, bus stops, sidewalks, beaches and libraries be a place where women can head out without having the constant fear that things can go wrong?!
While cities are rapidly becoming more urbanised, city planners should rethink the design and infrastructure that play a vital role in making it safe. Every public space should be made woman-friendly, where women feel safe. There are simple steps that need to be taken, to make the world a safer place for women.
When women all around the world are asked about what are the factors that make them feel safe in any public space, women have mentioned lighting as the most important factor. Most women will agree to the fact that walking through low lit or dark lanes are utterly scary. Whereas, a brightly lit space eliminates any hiding places for potential criminals, making women feel safe irrespective of what time it is during the night. While bright lights are just one aspect of safety, it is a small step in the right direction.
Again, lights are ‘one’ aspect of safety. Not a solution to ending crimes against women.
Since increasing visibility is crucial to reduce crimes against women, here are a few simple steps that can make the world better for women.
Brightly lit roads: Poorly lit roads have been the cause of various crimes against women. There have been many incidents of thefts that are reported on the news on the daily. By installing LED street light lamps at equal distances on roads, pavements and narrow lanes roads can become safer for pedestrians.
Using floodlights: A dark space like a basement is usually damp, dimly lit, while women are very comfortable driving, they are constantly preparing for attackers every time they enter a basement. Think about it. Most women describe walking into a basement parking area that is dimly lit as spine-chilling because of the number of possible violations that can take place. To mitigate this problem, LED parking lot floodlights are the solution. They illuminate every corner and offer women the confidence to walk into the basement parking area even during the night.
Creating bright offices: Workplaces are not immune to safety. Even with high powered careers and shattering those glass ceilings, women still feel the need to ‘watch their back’, every time they enter a dark storage room or even a poorly lit pantry. Whether it is a start-up or an MNC, they should work towards making the workplace safer for women. While there are tons of ways that can be put into force to make the workplace secure, the first step is to light up every nook and corner. LED office light panels are the way to brightly light up every space in your workspace.
Creating better public spaces: Nobody wants to use a public toilet but the fact is that women are bound to use these especially when they are travelling. Not just toilets, other spaces like bus stops and auto stands should be brightly lit up as well. These are not luxuries but necessities to ensure women feel comfortable in the space they occupy in society.
Creating better parks: Fitness is not just for those who can afford private parks. Women of all ages go brisk walks, work out, catch-up or even bring their kids out to play. Creating spaces that women can “hangout” with their friends is an absolute basic. Not everyone can afford to go to an upscale cafe to meet their friends. Public parks are one of the only spaces that are green, open and free. LED street light lamps should also be installed in parks.
However, lighting is just one aspect of creating a safer place for women. There are various other aspects that need to be considered when thinking about a safer and better world for women. Factors like better public transport facilities, clear sightlines to public spaces, regular checking and maintenance of spaces, proper network connections, clear signages, and presence of women police officers at stations. Apart from this, there should be a change in attitude towards women as well. It is time, we build a world where women can step out without carrying pepper spray in their handbags. Feeling safe in the space women take up in society is an absolute must to ensure equality.
Nordusk LED is a proud partner in manufacturing high quality LED light bulbs, that help mitigate dimly lit public spaces and provide women with the confidence to wait at a bus stop or use the public toilet at night. They come with a 2-years warranty, longer lifespan, environmentally friendly and high luminous efficiency. Nordusk has a wide range of light solutions for every space. Nordusk LED office light panels, parking lot floodlights, and street light lamps are the best choices. When you choose Nordusk LED, you don’t have to worry about frequently changing the LED lights.