The Fear that Stalks: Gender-based Violence in Public Spaces

18 Apr 2012

About the Book

This book is an attempt to understand the causes, nature and consequences of gender-based violence in public spaces. It provides a framework that locates gender-based violence within the politics and dynamics of public space, and helps us to understand the commonality between these diverse forms of violence, ranging from sexual harassment, sexual assault, moral policing, ‘honour’ killing, acid throwing and witch hunting among others. The writers examine the idea of a ‘public’ space. Although by and large a notional space, they begin by identifying it as a geographical space between home and workplace, and then, go beyond this, to look at the violation faced by transgenders, homeless women and girls who live on the streets, as well as those who work in public spaces in the unorganized sector.

About Author : Sara Pilot and Lora Prabhu

  • Sara Pilot is the chairperson and co-founder of the Centre for Equity and Inclusion (CEQUIN). She was previously associated with UNIFEM and has worked on gender issues for eight years. She has a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Kent, U.K.
  • Lora Prabhu is the director and co-founder of CEQUIN. She has worked in the development sector and the media, with a special focus on gender, for the last sixteen years. She has a Master's degree in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.