Safecity Monthly Updates – May 2021

Safecity Monthly Updates – May 2021

Safecity is committed to creating safer communities for everyone. Our goal is to empower citizens by helping them understand the potential risks they could face in different neighborhoods. We can do this by sharing data about the experiences of others and making these stories available to everyone.The platform serves law enforcement agencies with information on violent crimes occurring in public and private spaces. The platform’s data helps keep public spaces safe by enabling authorities to keep track of incidents and prevent violent crimes in the future.

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One Stop Crisis Centre

Last year recognising that there was insufficient response to the needs of domestic violence survivors, Red Dot Foundation filed a PIL in the Supreme Court to list DV resources essential. We were subsequently directed to work with the Government. After several representations highlighting the inadequate resources and poor facilities, we are happy to note that the earlier One Stop Crisis Centre for Mumbai Suburban has been discontinued at the Female Beggars Home in Chembur and relocated to Jogeshwari East at the Hindu Hruday Samrat Balasaheb Thackerey Trauma Care Municipal Hospital.

Since February 2021, the One Stop Crisis Centre managed by NGO Urja has been operational for Suburban Mumbai at the location below.

Address:

10th Floor, Hindu Hruday Samrat Balasaheb Thackerey Trauma Care Municipal Hospital, Jogeshwari East, Mumbai 400060.

Phone numbers: 07045394766, 07045394768.

Covid Relief Campaigns

 

India COVID-19 Relief: Help Dhanbad With O2 Concentrators

A strong community of people worldwide is urging you to help provide disaster relief to the people of Dhanbad, the second-largest city in India’s Jharkhand region. Jharkhand is one of the worst-hit states in this pandemic, with a low doctor-patient ratio and a high mortality rate.

In the face of such a massive and critical problem, the collective alumni of Dhanbad along with Red Dot Foundation are working across private, government and non-profit sectors to make sure no city like Dhanbad is left behind in the global fight against a pandemic like COVID-19. We urgently need to raise funds to purchase 100 oxygen concentrators and supplement existing relief programs already working in remote and hard-to-reach areas of Dhanbad.

Donate here.

To learn more.

 

Support Food Rations And Other Relief For COVID19 Survivors

Red Dot Foundation and Krantii are raising funds for food relief and more for people in Goa and Delhi NCR. Many people have been affected by COVID19 and the cyclone in Western India. Food rations are an immediate priority. We have supported 150 families and are looking to support 150 more for 3-6 months.

We thank you for your support during this time of crisis. All of us are in this together. We will band together and pull through this together. Donate here.

 

Safecity Safe Campus Program 2021-22  – May 2021

Safe Campus is an advocacy campaign to ensure that all educational institutions create safe campuses by implementing the POCSO (The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act in Phaltan Taluka in the Satara District of Maharashtra.

Working with the District Education Department we conducted a baseline survey and researched the demography of the community, their understanding of the POCSO Act and availability of resources.

Currently 40 girls from various schools and colleges have been selected and trained as Young Women Leaders to act as agents of change in their schools/colleges/communities.  The three sessions of training with the Young Women Leaders with the teachers included orientation of the Safecity reporting platform, introduction of the program and usage of the technology tools.

 

Global Peace Conference, Weaving a Shared Future Together

Red Dot Foundation is pleased to be a partner of the second edition of the Global Peace Conference.

The Global Peace Conference, Weaving a Shared Future together is an international gathering of Rotary Peace Fellows from around the world.  Participants will enjoy cultural events, sports activities, and engaging panel discussions.  The conference will feature some of the most inspiring individuals who are making a difference in their regions.  Some of the world’s leading peacebuilders will share their ideas and techniques for solving societal conflicts and deep-rooted issues. This is a chance to join a global conversation about peacebuilding in troubled regions.  Here is an opportunity to share your work and add your voice to this important discussion to be held on June 19, 2021.

The 2020 inaugural conference was a huge success. Over 1500 delegates attended and enjoyed 75+ hours of engaging content.  We also partnered with organizations in countries like Papua New Guinea to provide educational content to those who may not be able to access the internet otherwise. Do not miss this 2021 opportunity.

Follow these steps to participate:

  1. Register for free and learn more about the program by visiting the conference page at

    https://sites.google.com/rpfaa.org/gpc-2021.

  1. Share the conference with your networks to ensure all those interested in peace are included.
  2. Volunteer – Breakout room facilitation, technical and chat support, and interpretation is still needed by regional teams. Follow the links to support teams in Asia/OceaniaAfrica/Middle EastEurope, or Turtle Island/Americas/Caribbean

This conference is a celebration of international peacebuilding efforts that fosters cooperation among diverse groups working for a better future. We encourage you and members of your company to join us in this celebration of humanity coming together to promote peace.

Direct inquiries are welcome at gpc-2021-partnerships@rpfaa.org

 

Campus Ambassador Program

The Campus Ambassador Program is a safe campus initiative by Safecity. It seeks to engage college-age students and empower them to become leaders, advocates, and agents for change. Participants learn about leadership and communication skills while also providing valuable service in their communities.

We have 45 youth from around the country working with us to promote public safety amongst their friends, family, and peers. As a result, more than 300 people attended our recent events. We continue to support and guide them through the program.

If you would like to be a Campus Ambassador, please apply here.

 

SafeCircle 

SafeCircle is a safe listening circle for survivors of violence and abuse to find support. During COVID19 we have witnessed increasing numbers of cases of intimate partner /domestic violence and online harassment. Through these listening circles, survivors will find a community of support, share strategies to address and prevent the violence and offer solidarity to peers. Since May 2020 we have been providing psychosocial support to over 25 survivors. 

If you would like to attend a SafeCircle please visit here.

Recently from 19th April to 10th May 2021 we hosted the SafeCircle Facilitator’s Training Program in partnership with the German Federal Foreign Office’s Global Diplomacy Lab. We had 15 participants attend the training program and we are thrilled to certify 13 facilitators who will conduct SafeCircles in their communities in English and Hindi.

 

Season 2 of beliEVE  – a podcast on Aawaz.com

In this brand new season of beliEVE we celebrate the power of women who have broken boundaries and rewritten the script for what it means to be successful, by choosing alternative professions and championing causes to inspire the mainstream. In this season, join our host ElsaMarie D’Silva as she profiles nuclear scientists, sustainable fashion designers, gender inclusivity activists, cave divers, environmentalists, social workers and more. Tune in for candid conversations on what inspired these women to choose the path less taken, and hear from them — on their vision for an equitable future for all.

beliEVE season 2 also turns the spotlight on the stellar work by our guests which helps further UN Sustainable Goals for 2030. Our host, Elsa enjoys amplifying the voices of exceptional women and is an inspirational figure herself, having built the Safe City app, she is also the Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation, working to reduce gender-based violence in vulnerable communities across the globe.

Check out Fashion Environmentalist, Runa Ray and Transgender Activist and Diversity expert Zainab Patel’s stories here.

 

Intern Talks – Ashutosh

I recently completed my engineering from VJTI, Mumbai in 2020 and will be looking at pursuing an MBA degree in the near future in Digital Marketing. I want to spread the message to this world that before any gender, religion, colour or any other discrimination, we are all humans and should treat each other equally as one. I often read the stories of our youth leaders through newspapers and magazines. It inspired me to follow in their footsteps and do something for our society. Safecity provided me with the platform where I can help our society as well as spread my message. 

I have been working as a social media marketing intern with Safecity for over two months. In these two months, I have met a lot of wonderful people who share similar ideas and beliefs with me. I am delighted to be part of such a youth group. I am looking forward to working for more such programs by Safecity.

 

Emerging Leader – Vanshika

I am a BBA graduate, working at Safecity as a Communications Intern. I am a compassionate and optimistic person, and I really enjoy meeting and working with people. I like solving problems and coming up with solutions promptly. I am also keen to take up challenges with a positive attitude towards learning new things and acquiring knowledge. I got an opportunity at Safecity to learn and enhance my communication and writing skills. I was delighted to write content for campaigns like Anti Street Harassment, Benevolent Sexism, Bumble, and a lot more.

Also, representing Safecity on Tweetchats was a memorable experience for me, as people shared their stories, and knowing about their views was really an eye-opening experience for me.

 

Safecity Reporting Platform

Safecity is a platform as a service product that powers communities, police and city government to prevent violence in public and private spaces. Our technology stack collects and analyses crowdsourced, anonymous reports of violent crime, identifying patterns and key insights. This data enables citizens, researchers and policymakers to create safer spaces by:

Increasing awareness, transparency and public accountability

Improving policy and tactical precision with data-led insights

Optimising budgets to more effectively allocate resources

Report an incident on Safecity Platform

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Upcoming Events in June

  • 5-9 June – GDL reConnect. Register here. Join us on 6 June at 0630 pm IST for GDL Labs in Progress: including Results of the Mumbai Lab and on 7 June at 0930 pm IST for Feminist Futures.
  • 19 June – 0900 – 1030 am IST – Panel Discussion on Peace in Cyber Space moderated by ElsaMarie DSilva. Speakers are Aafreen Siddiqui, Ashwin Mahesh and Omair Ahmad. Register here.
  • 29 June – 0945 am IST – We will be presenting at DIY & More-than-Human Media Architecture Workshop. Register here.
  • Every Friday at 9 pm IST join us for a tweetchat on current topics.

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