Emerging Leaders: Yashorma Sandal
Safecity is celebrating the journey of people who have emerged as leaders as our campaigns progressed in their communities through our blog series “Safecity Emerging Leaders”. Read the inspiring stories of these individuals who are passionate about making their neighbourhoods safer with Safecity and have taken action in their own special ways.
Yashorma Sandal is a 2nd year literature student in Hansraj College, Delhi University and the Vice President of her college’s creative writing society who constantly challenges herself through writing. She firmly believes that ketchup is underrated and her interest lies in W.B Yeats’s poetry, pizza and cinema.
Emerging Leaders- Yashorma Sandal
“I am Yashorma Sandal, a 20 year old English Literature student in Hansraj College, University of Delhi. I hail from Jammu & Kashmir and coming to Delhi to pursue higher studies was both an exciting and scary decision. Delhi’s reputation as the ‘crime city’ with unspeakable crimes against women is the very reason people, especially women, live in constant fear and anxiety. Like all the women in different parts of India, I have always wanted a safe place and environment for every individual; a liberal space where there is no harassment and no inappropriate stares. Transforming society and cities into a secure and a risk free space is the need of the hour.
I came across Safecity at the Internship Fair in my college. One of my seniors had previously worked with Safecity and when she told me about their work and objectives, I was way beyond inspired. Safecity was the ideal organisation for me. With the objective of spreading awareness about feminism, efforts to make the city a safe place for women by their app, encouraging women to share their experiences and most important of all – creating an inclusive safe environment, Safecity encourages and empowers women.
When I was offered to intern for Safecity, I was overjoyed to work with them. I decided to intern with Safecity as I believe that even small efforts are necessary for big changes and my little contributions will surely make some difference. I have had the opportunity to read and research about many issues like Environment, Urban Planning etc. while curating Safecity’s Twitter handle. My experience of hosting a Tweetchat helped me gain confidence and taught me how to handle and engage a large audience. Promoting Safecity’s campaigns on social media platforms made me believe that raising one’s voice against the violence and helping those in need is the least anyone can do. I learned many skills under the guidance of my wonderful mentor, Miss Renita Siqueira. I appreciate the opportunity of being a part of such an amazing organisation.
Safecity, in my opinion, did not just remain an organisation which offered me an internship. It became an experience for me; an amazing journey in which I learnt something new everyday. Safecity helped me grow not only as an individual but as a responsible feminist. Safecity made me feel empowered and liberated. Thank you, Safecity! Each small step counts and together we can bring the change.