Safecity Monthly Newsletter : September 2017
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.
Safecity Mobile App Launch
On 21st Sept, the International Day of Peace, the Safecity Mobile App was launched globally. Our App is available in English, Hindi and Spanish. Here are their links on the Android and iOS playstore-
We had special events to launch our Mobile App at Posner Centre – Denver United States, Dosti House – the US Consulate, Mumbai and at the Rise Summit in Pune.
Our Safecity mobile app was launched as a part of the United Nations Foundation event to celebrate the International Day of Peace at the Posner Centre, Denver. Lauren C Anderson, our Board Chair, spoke at the launch and our Campus Ambassador Bailey Gent shared her experiences on behalf of our on-ground team.
Lauren Anderson also did a radio interview with News KGNU about the launch of the app and how it can help to keep women safe. You can listen to the entire interview here.
Business Today’s Most Powerful Women Award 2017
Safecity was announced as one of the winners of the Business Today’s Most Powerful Women Awards 2017 in the Impact Women category on 21st September, 2017.
Know Our Work
To help our followers and supporters get acquainted with the work that we do we bring you this series so that you can get to know our work better too. We explore the different verticals of our work through the lens of the people leading them.
You can read each one here
Let it Ripple’s mission is to use film, technology, discussion materials, and live and virtual events to engage people in conversation and action. Safecity participated in Character Day for the second consecutive year by organising different events in Delhi, Pune and Patna. In Delhi, our Campus Ambassadors organised an Open Mic night for upcoming artists and poets which turned out to be a beautiful experience. You can read more about it here.
Social Good Summit- #2030NOW
On 17th September, Daniela Ligiero and ElsaMarie D’Silva, the CEOs of Together for Girls and Safecity discussed gender-based violence solutions at the Social Good Summit. You can read more about it here
Vital Voices NorthWest Summit- Courage to create change
Elsa D’Silva, our Founder was in Seattle on 30th September at the Vital Voices NorthWest Gala where she and Ariela Suster spoke about the work that we do and announced a collaboration between Safecity and SequenceCollection– a truly meaningful partnership on several levels using innovative technology with ultra cool fashion. Elsa also highlighted Safecity’s work on campus especially in Denver. Ariela designed beautiful bracelets made by “at risk” young men in El Salvador with a chip that can help people access the Safecity Mobile app easily. The bracelet itself serves as a symbol of solidarity to end violence against women and girls especially by all the men making them.
Safecity is organising Legal Roundtables under different themes of sexual violence across colleges in different cities, with SheThePeopleTV. Our aim is to equip young persons with knowledge of their rights and work with them towards identifying and resolving gaps in laws and policies.
In the month of September, Safecity and Shethepeople collaborated to host three Legal Roundtables on Cyberspace and the Law, Sexual harassment in the workplace and the Law and Child Sexual Abuse and the Law.
Updates from Pune, Maharashtra
On 12th Sept, Tania Fernandes conducted a workshop creating awareness about menstruation, puberty and safety amongst 40 girls in Pune. You can read more about it here.
Creating awareness about Child Sexual Abuse and the Law in Patna, Bihar
Updates from Mumbai
Ashwini Syed conducted awareness workshops about sexual harassment at Nagindas Khandwala College, Tolani College of Commerce and at the Hostelites Association of HR College talking about gender, safety and more.
News from Delhi
News from Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Read this month’s Emerging Leader Edwin Mathews‘ story on our blog here.
When we asked Edwin about his experience doing an internship with Safecity, this is what he had to say –
“The insights we derived through data came as an eye-opener to the gross reality of the egregious harassment incidents across India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal. Volunteering here exposed to me the pervasive issue of gender inequality at its core and let me take actions instead of being a mute spectator.”
We have several opportunities for you to volunteer and take action. Do check our website.
Know Our Team
Know Our Team is a new blog series that attempts to bring to you the stories of our team, share our experiences, why we do what we do and special moments that have left an indelible mark in each of our lives.
Read this month’s blog by Rahul Ranjan Srivastava, who writes about his experience with Safecity and his journey with us so far here.
“Safecity gives me a wonderful opportunity to enhance my professional skills while pursuing my passion for social work. In the last 1 year, I have led projects on massive price negotiations, vendor management, product design, project management, digital marketing, data analytics, chatbot technology, machine learning and much more. I had the opportunity to work with veterans like Mr. Parag Parikh and Mangesh Kushe from TCS and a host of international partners and young Interns. It feels great to have so much responsibility and freedom at this age.”
We are looking for a Program and Outreach Officer for Delhi and Bangalore. Do send your CV to 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.
Our curators this month conducted five TweetChats around Sexual Violence and ways of reporting it using technology. The chats covered different aspects like bystander intervention, perspectives on justice and the use of technology to report sexual violence.
Check out the storified tweetchats here- Technology to address Sexual Violence, Bystander Intervention, Tools for Community Change, Role of Technology in reporting Sexual Violence and Perspectives on Accountability and Justice.
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