Why Loiter: loitering as a politics of citizenship for women

A photograph of a lock on a gate with the title "Not Surveillance. Not Protectionism".

#WhyLoiter’s agenda is to create an awareness that women do and indeed should access the city for fun, without purpose.

It intends to make the point that women loiter and should feel comfortable doing so. It is responding to the continued images that suggest ‘women are in danger in public’ in the media to argue that women are in no more danger in public than at home. In fact statistics suggest that women are in more danger at home.

It includes not just cis-women but trans-women and anyone who identifies as woman. In doing so, it hopes to create a conversation and target victim blaming in order to assert women’s right to the city, the right to take risks.

Point of View collaborated with Why Loiter and produced two videos on women with disabilities and our right to loiter.

Disability and gender rights activist, Nidhi Goyal, talks about being visually impaired in this illuminating short video during the #WhyLoiter campaign that focuses on loitering as a politics of citizenship for women.

In this video, Virali Modi engages both gender and disability in claiming public space. She argues that as a woman and a disabled person she as much right to public space for leisure as men.

To know more about the campaign, check out its Facebook event page.

Featured Image Credit: Why Loiter