Kalpana Viswanath

Women in Cities International
TG1/7 Orchid Gardens, Suncity, Gurgaon Sector 54
122003 Haryana

Dr. Kalpana Viswanath, has been working on issues of women’s rights since early 1990’s. She is currently Project Director of the Gender Inclusive Cities Programme managed by Women in Cities International and funded by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. She has been working with the Government of Delhi in its efforts to address women’s safety in the city through projects on urban design and planning, community based interventions, improved policing, improved public transport among other interventions. She is a member of the Steering Committee of Awaz Uthao (a pilot project to create women’s safety collectives in communities in Delhi). She is also a member of Jagori, a women’s resource centre in Delhi which has led the Safe Delhi campaign. She has done research on urban safety in South Asia for UN Habitat/ESCAP, presented on issues of women’s safety and inclusion in cities in forums around the world and has delivered training on women’s safety audits. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Studies department in Emory University, Atlanta in 2004-2005. She is a member of the International Advisory Committee of Women in Cities International. She has published in several journals, magazines and newspapers.