Handa Research Fellow Shreyasi Jha published an article in the Journal of Gender Studies titled "(Re)centering street harassment – an appraisal of safe cities global initiative in Delhi, India". The article examined the Delhi Safe Cities programme as a case study to trace an understudied form of violence against women. Although the United Nations has worked to bring attention to gender-based violence as a human rights issue, Jha notes that it has only recently turned attention to street harassment. Her article thus traces "how a routine but understudied form of violence becomes central to United Nations’ agenda to eliminate violence against women . . . and examin[es] the adequacy of the contemporary Safe Cities framework as a model for addressing sexual violence in public space."
Dr. Shreyasi Jha is an expert in women’s rights, gender equality and sustainable development. She has extensive experience in conducting evaluation, policy research and managing programs at the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and UN Women. Her recent work focuses on integrating a gender and human rights perspective in monitoring and evaluation. Most recently, Shreyasi was the Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Specialist at the UN Women Multi Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka. Prior to working with UN Women, Shreyasi worked with the UNDP’s Human Development Report Office on measuring gender empowerment and environmental sustainability for the Human Development Reports. She has a PhD in Public Policy Analysis from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Arts from the University of Oxford and Bachelor in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.
A link to the article can be found here.