My Digital Rights
Red Dot Foundation in partnership with the US Embassy, India and the US Consulate General, Hyderabad organised in-person cyber safety workshops in 4 States – Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi and Odisha for women and girls between the age group of 18 to 21 years. The project which kickstarted in October 2021 ended in April 2022 focussing on understanding gender, sex and sexuality, online gender-based violence, legal remedies and best practices to use social media. In order to facilitate a wider audience for engaging conversations around cyber safety, panel discussions and tweetchats on different topics were organised, addressing cyber safety of women and girls. Read the entire report here.
The 12th International Anti-Street Harassment Week
Worldwide, statistics show that 80% of women endure frequent street harassment, 45% feel that they cannot go alone to public spaces, 50% have to cross the street to find alternate routes to their destinations, 80% feel the need to be constantly alert when traversing local streets and 9% have had to switch careers to escape the area in which harassment occurred. This problem is not only transnational, but also transcultural and affects people of all identities, races, and ages—every day!
The 12th International Anti-Street Harassment Week took place from 3rd April to 9th April 2022, which was co-hosted by Red Dot Foundation – Safecity. Read the entire report here.
Data Visualisation challenge for women’s safety
Red Dot Foundation in partnership with the Consulate General of Ireland in Mumbai hosted a Data Visualization Challenge on Women’s Safety with University Students from India and Ireland. The program started in November 2021 and ended in March 2022. Read the entire report here.
Young Collective Voices for Safe Spaces
Red Dot Foundation facilitated a series of creative workshops for Youth from Mumbai, Pune and Goa, in partnership with the Australian Consulate General, Mumbai and the faculty of Queensland University of Technology’s Design Lab and Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice.
The workshop series aimed to build critical thinking skills amongst youth in the age group of 15-18 years in Western India through hands-on creative sessions. These bespoke sessions were held virtually and were co-designed by Red Dot Foundation and the QUT faculty. The thematic focus was on challenging harmful gender norms and creating safe public spaces. Read the entire report here.
RDFG with the NGO Committee on Social Development
Red Dot Foundation Global (RDFG) joined the NGO Committee on Social Development in March 2020 at the very beginning of COVID-19 lockdowns and contributed for two years as part of this executive committee, where we actively participated in engagement / civil society forum and UN DESA / member state engagement remotely. We were the only NGO amongst global membership to have a featured speaker for two years running. Our term as vice-chair ended on 15 April 2022, where we are proud to have managed digital advocacy, spearheaded ILO C190 engagement for the committee as well as member state engagement, while also working as a part-time treasurer for the committee. Read the entire report here.
Community Intervention Challenge, 2021-22
The Community Intervention Challenge organised by Red Dot Foundation in collaboration with Agami was an opportunity for Law and Criminology students to identify the issues of safety and gender based violence in their locality. This was a 4-week challenge engaging 46 students using the Safecity application and crowdsourced data. Read the entire report here.
R U Safe? Design Challenge for Safer Cities
The R U Safe? Design Challenge for Safer Cities was organised by Red Dot Foundation along with the Australian Consulate General in Mumbai, the Urban Informatics Research Group at the Queensland University of Technology Design Lab and The Data Duck, Mumbai & Melbourne for creating safer cities during the 16 days of activism to end gender based violence (GBV).
Through this design challenge, over 40 youth from all over India participated in teams to develop digital artefacts to encourage bystander intervention and prevent sexual and gender based violence. We hosted several masterclasses through which they were able to understand the issue of sexual and gender-based violence, its impact on the lives of survivors, learn about technology solutions like the Safecity reporting platform, the Chatty Bench Project and use of technology like AR and UI/UX design for impactful visualisations to generate solutions.
Read the entire report here.
Art For Healing
Red Dot Foundation facilitated a series of workshops in partnership with the Consulate General of Germany in Mumbai and Mosaics & Circles for transforming experiences of gender-based violence into arts. Read the entire report here.
Youth Innovation Challenge 2021 on Gender & Climate Justice
The Youth Innovation Challenge on Gender & Climate Justice was organised by Red Dot Foundation (Safecity), in partnership with The Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai, The Joint Commissioner, Directorate of Municipal Administration – Government of Maharashtra, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, Global Utmaning, YuWaah and the WASH Coalition.
The aim of the Youth Innovation Challenge was to address Gender & Climate Justice, exploring climate change from an intersectional perspective and through a knowledge system acknowledging that climate change only exacerbates the gender gap. Climate Justice therefore demands action and seeks solutions that also transform gender relations.
Read the entire report here.
Using Technology to Address Gender-based Violence
Given the context of rising reported cases of violence and the gendered impact of COVID- 19, IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi hosted a webinar on Using technology to address gender-based violence with Elsa Marie D’Silva, Founder and President of Red Dot Association, United States of America. Read the report here.
Rural Digital Entrepreneurs – Peer Mentoring Bootcamp
An interactive online mentoring bootcamp with Digital Entrepreneurs – (rural women trained on imparting Digital Financial Literacy to the rural – urban community). This was organised by SANI Mumbai and Red Dot Foundation with rural women from Maharashtra. Read the entire report here.
Urban Thinkers Campus 6.0: Climate Action for Resilient Communities by and for Women
On 14 and 15 September 2021, Red Dot Foundation hosted a two day Urban Thinkers Campus on the theme – Climate Action for Resilient Communities by and for women. This event was co-hosted with NIUA, The Urban Vision and Project Mumbai.
The entire report can be found here.
Global Diplomacy Lab: Mumbai Incubator Lab report
The city of Mumbai is often called the ‘city of dreams’ in popular culture. It is after all, India’s commercial hub and trading centre by the Arabian Sea and home to Bollywood. One of the world’s richest municipalities, Mumbai is also home to the world’s largest slum areas, where communities experience gender violence, lack of access to sanitation, poor housing, among other problems.
Hosted by Red Dot Foundation, the Mumbai Lab titled “Impact of Urban Design on Inclusive Cities: Intersections and Crossroads” aims to investigate the nature of the interconnected inequalities to develop a framework of indicators and campaigns for building an inclusive and safer city, for all its citizens, especially those who are socio-economically vulnerable. This was part of the Federal Foreign Office of the Republic of Germany’s Global Diplomacy Lab and was supported by BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt.
The entire lab report can be found.
Sexual Violence In Urban India – A Social Audit Report Commissioned in 2020
Legal Roundtables Report
Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) and SheThePeople TV organised a series of five Legal Roundtables in Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune. The Legal Roundtables are a mix of a panel discussion and an open floor conversation between the audience and the panel around different sub-areas of sexual violence and the laws. It is a part of Safecity’s efforts to create legal awareness amongst the youth. As a supplement to the Roundtables, we have put together a legal toolkit that explains sexual violence-related laws in a simple and easy to understand manner.
Street Markets Safety Audit
The Safecity Policy Project for Street Markets in Mumbai was led by our Policy and Legal Officer, Vandita Morarka along with a team of interns and volunteers. This stemmed from the reports of harassment at street markets in Mumbai that came up in our interactions with individuals at workshops, from our volunteers and on our crowdmap. It was a phased project that audited three street markets to understand the nature of sexual harassment and the ways in which we can address it. Similar to the Railway Stations Audit, the design was of a two-part assessment, one where the Safecity team audited the street markets on several parameters that aid and impede safety and the other where our team engaged with persons at the stations to gauge their experiences of sexual harassment to be able to formulate effective solutions. Our report is available in the format of a PDF that can be downloaded here – we look forward to your inputs and recommendations.
Railway Stations Safety Audit
The Safecity Policy Project for Railway Stations in Mumbai was led by our Policy and Legal Officer, Vandita Morarka along with a team of interns and volunteers. This stemmed from the reports of harassment at railway stations in Mumbai that came up in our interactions with individuals at workshops, from our volunteers and on our crowdmap. It was a phased project that audited three railway stations to understand the nature of sexual harassment and the ways in which we can address it. The design was of a two-part assessment, one where the Safecity team audited the station on several parameters that aid and impede safety and the other where our team engaged with persons at the stations to gauge their experiences of sexual harassment to be able to formulate effective solutions. Our report is available in the format of a PDF that can be downloaded here – we look forward to your inputs and recommendations.
Safecity Railway Audit 2019
The Mumbai Suburban Railways consisting of the Western and Central Railways are considered one of the world’s busiest and overcrowded services. They have 2,342 train services and carry about 7.5 million commuters daily. The Safecity audits aim to identify safety on the railway stations and train compartments. The aim is to: a) Draw from individual reports to highlight infrastructural and environmental issues and to suggest improvements, and b) Highlight the degree of awareness of sexual harassment and its components as well as legal provisions concerning violence against women. The Project is led by Ms. Marissa Borges conducted from April to July 2019. Report, compiled by Ms. Karishma D’Mello, is available in the format of a PDF that can be downloaded here – we look forward to your inputs and recommendations.