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.
Youth Innovation Challenge
We cordially invite you to the Finals of the Youth Innovation Challenge. The 10 finalist teams will present their prototypes of the ideas on “Creating a Resilient and Inclusive City”. Please RSVP at email@example.com by 10th December.
The Youth Innovation Challenge, part of the Urban Thinkers Campus, is a social incubator designed to engage the youth of Mumbai to work on hyper-local, community based solutions to address Gender inclusive City Planning and its intersection with Mobility, Environment and Governance through a 4-month programme.
Three teams who are finalists at our Youth Innovation Challenge share their ideas on women’s safety, housing for single women in big cities, advocating gender equality through education in an article published on the World Urban Campaign website. You can read more about it here- Youth Working on Solving Women’s Issues.
We are finalists of the Public Peace Prize / Prix du public pour la paix 2018 edition! The Public Peace Prize (PPP) has the specific mission of making known to the general public the lesers known local, national and international peacemakers and peace initiatives.
Check out our full profile here: https://prixpublicpaix.org/safecity/ and support us
Safecity at the Trust Conference
Supreet K Singh, our COO and Director, represented Safecity at the Trust Conference 2018 in London from 15-17th November. Trust Conference is an annual human rights forum committed to finding real solutions to fight slavery, empower women, and advance human rights worldwide. The annual event convenes 600 delegates from the worlds of activism, civil society, law, government and business in the heart of London for two full days of inspiration, networking, and action.
@supreetksingh our COO and Director speaking to Antonio from Thomson Reuters Foundation @TRF at the #trustconf18 @trustconf She spoke about our work at Safecity crowdsourcing stories on sexual harassment in public spaces. pic.twitter.com/cB2le8rkTJ
— Safecity/Radhika (@pinthecreep) November 16, 2018
Safecity at the 8th UNAOC Global Forum at UNHQ, New York
Renita Siqueira, our Communications Officer, represented Safecity as one of the 100 youth participants chosen for the Youth Event at the 8th UNAOC Global Forum. The youth had a chance to engage and network with young changemakers from 60 countries around the world. They also presented their suggestions for more efficient implementation of the Youth Strategy 2030 to the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth- Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake. You can read more about the youth event here.
GuideStar India Transparency Key
GuideStar India is India’s largest and most reliable online information repository with more than 8700 NGOs. We have been awarded the prestigious GuideStarIndia Tra
To view our profile at GuideStar India, please visit: https://guidestarindia.org/
Climate Jamboree in Delhi
The Climate Jamboree is a platform for climate actors to engage with students on the challenges of climate change and sustainable development and unveil the power that students wield to make a difference! In an attempt to promote the same, Supreet discussed the creation of sustainable societies from a gendered perspective with the MTech students.
Filming with Deutsche Welle TV
On 16th November, Carmen Meyer, a journalist with Deutsche Welle TV came to Delhi to film stories of survivors of sexual harassment for her upcoming venture. Our team of Campus Ambassadors, volunteers and Vanshika Siya Deswal, our Youth Outreach Officer, supported them in finding these stories and to giving these stories a voice. Each story inspired the DW team and our volunteers to give more towards the cause. While the stories made us teary-eyed, they gave us immense strength and hope to fight for elimination of violence against women.
On 14th November, celebrated as Children’s Day in India, Safecity hosted a tweetchat with Protsahan talking about children’s rights in India and the way forward. We discussed the national report and audit on the status of implementing child rights, child labour, education and safety. You can read the entire chat here.
The SPEAK! campaign was developed by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, as part of the Civic Space Initiative seeking to raise awareness, break down barriers, and build global solidarity.
In Mumbai, youth shared their thoughts on Feminism, Gender Stereotypes and Sexual Harassment at a sit down discussion at Malabar hill. You can read more about it here and watch the video about it here.
In Delhi, our team organised “Kahaniya- Stories of our Gender” a safe space for youth to listen to and share stories of struggles, healing, hope and courage fighting gender-based violence and biases. You can read more about it here.
Updates from Mumbai
Priya Tiwari along with the Rotract club of SIES college, Malad and Gift NGO, met conducted a session for 20 children and 15 women from the slums in Malad and worked on busting some menstrual myths. You can read more about it here.
Updates from Patna
Naina Jha conducted a workshop for 25 women of Jagran Sangini Club on “Safety of Women at Workplace” on 28th November, during 16 days of Activism. You can read more about it here.
Updates from Delhi
Vanshika Siya Deswal, conducted a Gender Sensitization workshop at Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi for its students and teachers on 12th of November. The audience shared their personal experiences with stereotypes and gender bias, and also stories of sexual harassment.
You can read more about it here.
Safecity at Yale
Elsa D’Silva and her student liaisons at Yale hosted Inspiring Action- an audio story exhibition of survivors of sexual harassment due to bystander intervention and workshop. This was organised with the aim to encourage conversations on empowerment, self-care and interventions when dealing with sexual misconduct. The team showcased 12 audio stories of survivors with bystander interventions of some kind. It was well appreciated because many students felt resonance and comfort in the fact that people do take action. They also said that prior to listening to the stories they did not think of these common incidents as sexual misconduct and were now able to add to their toolkit of resources. You can read more about it here.
Global Innovation Series
Elsa D’Silva, our Founder and CEO, spoke about Safecity at the Global Innovation Series event with @TsaiCITY at Yale organised by the South Asia Club @UditRastogi. She also spoke about Women’s Rights in India.
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
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 out 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.
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 November’s storified tweetchats here – #MeToo and the Way Forward, My Safe Space, Children and their Rights, Men as Allies, and Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health, Building Safer Communities for Survivors of Abuse.
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
Our campaign #BeYourOwnSuperhero celebrates people’s stories of valiance, courage and determination to break the silence and voice their rage against any form of harassment. You can have a look at some of their stories here. This campaign was designed by Tata Pro-Engage volunteer Radhika Shankar.
You can share your story and picture here: https://goo.gl/forms/LnwFByYspFeoUWgf2
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!
What’s in store for Safecity?
- 13th December– Final pitch of the Youth Innovation Challenge at Dosti House, Mumbai. RSVP at email@example.com by 10th December.
- Every Friday at 9 pm IST/ 1130 am EST join us on Twitter @pinthecreep
Download now to report sexual violence anytime anywhere with access to news, blogs, updates in the law and safety tips at your finger tips.