The research project, ‘(Dis)connected Infrastructures and Violence Against Women’, is a collaboration between academic partners King’s College London, Fore School of Management and London School of Economics, and societal partners Safetipin and Sakhi. Dr. Anja Kovacs is speaking at the launch of the digital installation that is an outcome of the project.

While Violence Against Women (VAW) has drawn a surge of attention in recent years, the link between urban infrastructure and VAW remains little understood. The DIVAW installation presents VAW as a form of infrastructural violence’, which emerges from a disconnection between physical infrastructures (such as public transport, lighting and toilets), digital infrastructures (such as network connectivity, mobile phones and data) and social infrastructures (such as family/​friends, law enforcement, institutional capacity) of a city. The DIVAW installation shows how absent or broken connections between the three types of infrastructures exposes women to all sorts of infrastructural violence (physical, emotional and sexual) from the home to the city.

The installation includes a series of storymaps that combine images, infographics, interviews with women in low-income neighbourhoods, participatory mapping with women, and public infrastructure mapping using Safetipin application to tell the story of intimate and gendered connections with urban infrastructure. This also includes toolkits and an animation video on designing more gender inclusive cities that can target the Sustainable Development Goals #5: Gender Equality and #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

The installation will be launched with a public event on 16 December. It can be visited every day until 29 December, at Khoj Studios, S‑17, Khirki Extension, New Delhi.