Safecity is growing exponentially and we’re constantly working hard to translate our vision to reality. Because we don’t want you to miss out on our work, we’ve decided to put together a monthly column to tell you about what we’ve been up to. You can sign up for our newsletter here.
Nominated for the World Summit on the Information Society Prizes 2019
Exciting News! Safecity has been nominated for the WSIS Process Prizes 2019 – in the Category 17 (Action Line) C10.
It is a bit of a tedious process and should take 7-10 mins but we value your support.
Deadline for votes is 10th February. It is open to the public so everyone can vote.
How to vote?
1. Go to the link: https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/stocktaking/Prizes/2019/Vote
2. Register as a new user, Log in to your account, Go to the “Voting Form”
3. Vote in each of 18 category (only then your vote is valid!)
Our work was featured by Deutsche Welle TV in their Founders Valley programme by film maker Carmen Meyer. The theme of the episode is Breaking the Silence around Sexual violence. She interviewed ElsaMarie D’Silva and our team of Campus Ambassadors, volunteers and Vanshika Siya Deswal, our Youth Outreach Officer who spoke about our work as well as their personal stories. While the stories made us teary-eyed, they gave us immense strength and hope to fight for elimination of violence against women.
You can watch the video here.
#MainBhi with JioSaavn Media
Here’s our newest collaboration with JioSaavn Media, hosted by RJ Malishka. Our Director Supreet K Singh shares her story and has compiled more stories of courage from our website – maps.safecity.in
Please do listen to them here. We would love your feedback.
National Girl Child Day 2019
On the occasion of National Girl Child Day on 24th January 2019, Safecity Campus Ambassadors visited Bachyion Ka Ghar Orphanage near Jama Masjid, Old Delhi. The intent was to meet with the young girls, and talk to them about their dreams and ask them why they were happy to be girls. The purpose was to generate a spark of happiness and a sense of pride attached to their own sex, which is directly or indirectly subjected to prejudices since an early age.
On #NationalGirlChildDay, the girls in Delhi’s shelter home told us why they were proud to be girls and what they aspired to be.
Safecity Poll at City Level Youth Symposium by SNEHA
On the 10th and 11th of January, Society for Nutrition, Education & Health Action (SNEHA) organised a city level symposium for the youth of Mumbai. In collaboration, Safecity conducted a Safety Poll. Vihang Jumle, our Monitoring & Evaluation Officer and Lead Data Analyst explained what Safecity does to the audience before the polls began. The live poll was meant for the participants present at the venue, which consisted of a mixed crowded, and targeted Safecity’s main agenda to track sexual harassment. The poll was designed by the Monitoring & Evaluation Team of Safecity in collaboration with Sneha. The poll was in form of an elaborate questionnaire which asked the participants about the details of their encounters with sexual harassment, such as time, location, age, type, etc., and these results were aggregated and presented to the participants at the end of the program. The poll touched upon various other aspects of harassment such as solutions to the problem, if the participants reported the incident to the police and bystander intervention. A few insights from the poll have been presented below. A detailed analysis of the poll would be soon available on the safecity website.
Speaking at the Avanti Young Women Leadership Program award ceremony
On 30th Jan, Elsa Dsilva, our Founder, shared her story and experience with over 200 girls from Grade 8 at the Award ceremony of the Avanti Young Women Leadership Program by The Gender Lab and Avanti Foundation.
While her words inspired the girls, the work being done by #TGL and Avanti Foundation is equally inspiring.
Republic Day 2019
On 25th January 2019, ahead of Repulic Day, Raakhee Suryaprakash conducted a tweetchat on ‘Limited Participation of #WomenInPolitics and how to encourage more #IndianWomenInPolitics”. It covered issues like representation and reservation for women at all levels in politics and how they can be agents of change.
Read the entire chat here.
Updates from Delhi
Safecity conducted a workshop creating awareness about Sexual Harassment on 16th January’19, at Kamla Nehru, University of Delhi. The purpose of this interactive session was to broaden the student’s awareness on vital topics, like – Rights, consent, Zero FIR, etc, which surround sexual misconduct. It was great to see the youth voice their opinions on crimes of sexual harassment. Workshop successful ✅
You can read more about it here.
Updates from Patna
Naina Jha conducted a workshop creating awareness about sexual harassment for 30 girls of Be For Nation post their school lectures. She conducted the workshop on 24-25th January in Patna, Bihar. Naina explained the various types of sexual harassment to them as well as the laws that they could use to report such errant behaviour in public spaces. She reached out to 125 girls in January.
You can read more about it here.
Safecity Emerging Leaders
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.
Read this month’s Emerging Leader Himanshi Srivastava’s story on our blog here.
When we asked Himanshi about her experience doing an internship with Safecity, this is what she had to say –
“As I worked I got to know more about how Safecity is helping to make the world a better place for women. It provides a platform for women to speak up against any misconduct or harassment. It organizes several campaigns to spread awareness about gender based crimes.”
We have several opportunities for you to volunteer and take action. Do check our website.
This month we have been conducting workshops for Corporates like Saavn Media, Ogilvy and Mather and others. In case you would like us to conduct POSH & Gender Sensitivity workshops at your corporate, please do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Through our tweetchats, we are trying to facilitate important conversations around various issues related to gender in general and women’s issues in particular.
Check out January’s compiled tweetchats here – Is Housework still a Woman’s Responsibility?, Need for Economic Empowerment of Women, Health and Sanitation in India and Limited Participation of #WomenInPolitics and how to encourage more #IndianWomenInPolitics.
Survey on Workplace Safety
Safecity is doing a survey on workplace safety and it would be great to have your inputs.
We would appreciate if you take a minute out to fill this survey- https://goo.gl/wPcdTN
Nirbhaya Mai, Asifa Mai
Conceptualised and Directed by Supreet K Singh, this short film reminds us of the many gruesome cases of sexual harassment in our country in an attempt to be more sensitive and empathetic regarding sexual harassment, so that we, as a society, can take collective steps towards reducing it. By reminding us that Nirbhaya could’ve been our mother, our sister, our daughter, our friend or even us, this short film calls out to each one of us to take a stand against gender-based violence and to make our cities safer.
That’s all for this month. Keep watching this space and we’ll keep you updated on all our work and exciting activities every month!
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