Making Education Safer #16Days


A compilation of Safecity Facebook live chats -:

Safecity conducted a number of Facebook chats to commemorate the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence. The theme for all chats was Making Educational Safer.  Various well respected NGOs graciously agreed to sit down with members of our organization and share their stories and opinions with respect to the link between unsafe educational spaces and Gender Based Violence.

Monk Prayogshala -:

Monk Prayogshala is a not-for-profit academic research institution, registered under the Companies Act, 1956, in Mumbai, India.

A conversation between Sumati Thusoo, our Programs and Outreach Officer, and the Anirudh Tagat & Hansika Kapoor from Monk Prayogshala centring around their research with respect to Gender Based Violence. The talk covered the discussion of making primary educational spaces safer for those under threat from gender based violence; loopholes in the current GBV related research being conducted and ways to combat the above.

Link to chat -: Monk Prayogshala

Men against Violence and Abuse-:

MAVA, established in 1993, is India’s first organization working with boys and men standing up for the rights of women.

A conversation between Sumati Thusoo and Harish Sadani, Chief Functionary of MAVA, which covered the fascinating perspective of men working towards uplifting  disadvantaged women, the initial scepticism they faced from fellow NGOS which slowly changed to acceptance, and just how important it is to reach out to boys at a younger age to curb gender based violence.

Link to chat -: MAVA  


Leher is a child rights organization working to make child protection a shared responsibility.

Salini Sharma, Programs Manager at Safecity, and Nicole Rangel, the co-founder of Leher spoke about the beginnings of Leher and understanding the nuances of child protection & harnessing it to increase community participation in their children’s safety.

Link to chat -: Leher

Center for Study of Social Change -:

The Centre for the Study of Social Change (1972) is radical humanism in action. It is a voluntary organisation dedicated to helping marginalized Indians.

Ashwini Syed, our HR and Training Manager, spoke to Dr. Sneha Palnitkar and Madhura Palnitak of CSSC about their work in various areas ranging from grassroots to policy and their views on how to best educate marginalized members of society. A special highlight of the talk covered educating young children about the benefits of saving money via banks and eventually becoming self-sustainable.

Link to chat -: CSSC

Pratham -:

Pratham, India’s largest educational NGO, was started by UNICEF in 1994 with a mission to erase illiteracy amongst India’s 100 million under-privileged children.

Ashwini Syed, from Safecity, spoke to Ms.Farida Lambay, Co- Founder of Pratham about their organization’s twenty one year journey ensuring education for every child. Ms. Lambay also talked about working with girl children in troubled areas and the reasons why many drop out so soon.

Link to chat -: Pratham

Teach for India -:

Teach for India is a nationwide movement that aims to eliminate inequity in education in India.

Jyotsna, Safecity’s Outreach Manager, spoke with Shefali, the head of Development and Fundraising in TFI, about the brilliant work TFI fellows from diverse fields have and are still doing to provide children with the education they are entitled to. They also spoke of further grooming children to be better human beings and equipping them with life skills beyond simply teaching them.

 Link to chat -: Teach For India

Apni Shala -:

An organization that engages children from low-income families in life skills programmes to help them become confident, build healthy relationships and solve problems.

Ashwini Syed spoke to Amrita Nair, the CEO of Apni Shala about their work building life skills in children from low income families. They also spoke about accessibility to basic needs in marginalized communities and how it poses a challenge with respect to educating children who belong to them

Link to chat -: Apni Shala


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