Safecity Monthly Updates – April 2023
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Highlight of the Month
Anti-Street Harassment Week 2023
The month of April saw all eyes focus on Anti Street Harassment Week 2023 with a plethora of well-designed, curated online and on-ground activities and events from April 16 – 22.
Red Dot Foundation proudly co-hosted the event for the 3rd consecutive year; this year with Stop Street Harassment and Chalk Back. Red Dot Foundation has been an avid supporter of the movement since 2015.
Here’s a peek of what the week looked like for us:
We had participants who conducted their own events during the Anti-Street Harassment Week 2023. Here’s feedback from some of them:
“I learned so many new ways to end it and even with the use of technology. Red Dot Foundation – Safecity should keep up the good work by being the voice of the harassed victims.” – Chibueze Victor Onyekwelu, Nigeria – Anambra.
“I believe sensitizing our society on the negative impact of street harassment will help to curb it. I learnt to speak up”. – Nwodo Ifeoma Deborah, Nigeria-Enugu.
“I think creating more awareness and building an anti-street harassment squad will help us. Governments and NGOs like Red Dot should build communities where people can get help or legal support for street harassment incidents.
I personally feel it was a wonderful event and initiative. I’ve always been a social worker and wanted to help others and this was an amazing opportunity for me. I got to know about harassment issues faced by others. I learned how we can stop and take initiative to build a better place for everyone.” – SAURABH UPADHYAY, India – Gujarat.
“Training and equipping local actors to champion this course via advocacy and continuous awareness not just a week advocacy but all year round. We need to drive this advocacy. There are common events I do not ordinarily see as harassment but I learnt that they are now via this event.” – Ojukwu Stephen Udoka, Anambra State, Nigeria.
“Yes, firstly we have to spread knowledge about what rights girls have. After knowing their rights I feel we all are able to fight for us and the crime will decrease.” – Rohini Choudhary, Bihar, India.
“My government works amor on sexual harassment. The Cameroonian government, through some key Ministries and Justice, need to define and adopt a new policy in that light. I participated in just one of your activities. Back home in my area of competence, I held two discussions with a few women actors in the civil society and some men. The conclusion was that Street Harassment is a concern in our society that needs to be addressed.” – Marah Mbine Ngole Epie, Cameroon, West Region, Mifi Division, Bafoussam.
BeliEVE Season 3
Hear the stories of 2 prominent trailblazers in our Season 3 of the Laadli award-winning series beliEVE on Aawaz.com.
Listen to this episode of Chaitaly Mehta, Director of EKF Global Logistics Pet. Ltd and the first woman in the family business in this sector in India.
Listen to this episode of Kiran Manral, one of India’s most well-known authors.
Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Fellowship
5 Fellows pitched their projects at the final event in Mumbai on Apr 20, 2023.
The goal of the project: To encourage collaboration between US Exchange Alumni. Two field visits were conducted on Apr 25, 2023 in Mumbai as part of the final event.
Khaana Chahiye Community Kitchen
One Green Mile
And as our project Rainbow Circles draws to a close here are some of the activities that we conducted recently.
Poster-making competition in Damodar College, Goa.
Faculty workshop at SIES College, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
IG Live with our Rainbow Circles Ambassadors Ridhi Bhagwan Shinde & Inamdar Pakija Mahamadkhalif on the topic “Advantages & Disadvantages of Social Media in Today’s World”.
Some insights from the audits by the Rainbow Ambassadors.
What’s happening this month?
Safety Champion Fellowship 2023
Safety Campaign Fellowship 2023 calls out to all youth 17-35 years across India to put on their thinking caps and come up with innovative solutions to ACT NOW for THE CITY WE NEED.
The theme is Engendering THE CITY WE NEED for Hyperlocal Solutions.
Location – All India (online program)
Age group – 17 – 35 years
Team size – 2 – 4 persons (one must be non-male)
Solutions should cater to an inclusive community, especially women and vulnerable children. Use of technology or user experience, design, environmental alignment, creativity, innovation, health and safety, and sustainability by competitors will be evaluated.
Apply by May 27, 2023!
SafeCircle is a secure, trusting space for survivors of violence and abuse. This is a non-judgmental listening circle for survivors to share their experiences, learn from others and know that they are not alone. You are invited to join us, on zoom, in sharing and learning in SafeCircle.
This is a space only for people who are survivors of any kind of abuse in their lives. We are facilitating a safe community space where we can seek to find solutions through sharing, listening and offering insights. Kindly note that it is not a therapy session or an SOS solution.
We cordially invite you to join these sessions. They are held in English and in Hindi languages. Once you register, our team will reach out to you with details such as the time and date of the SafeCircle.
Please fill in this form to register!
Key points to understand through data – April
Reports collected Globally for the month of April 2023.
Click here to see the Safecity Data Dashboards.
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
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- Safety Champion Fellowship 2023
- Safecity Twitter Chats & Spaces
Red Dot Foundation Events on Twitter every Wedenesday…..do join us!
Recap of our Tweetchats:
“Raising Awareness & Preventing Sexual Harassment” with Caroline Atieno & Vincent Muinde from Polycom Development Project. Check out the recap here.
“What is Street Harassment?” with Ayswarya Sajeev & Alma Rondanini, during Anti-Street Harassment Week 2023. Check out the recap here.
“Unpacking Street Harassment: Raising and Sharing Awareness” with Tara Ulvila, Isabel Fotuhi & Anne Nthenge from Project4Equality, during Anti-Street Harassment Week 2023. Check out the recap here.
“Different Ways to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Create Safe Spaces” with Caroline Atieno Ojuondo & Vincent Muinde from Polycom Development Project, during Anit-Street Harassment Week 2023. Check out the recap here.
Recording of our Twitter Space:
“Forms of GBV Prevalent in Nigeria and Their Intervention Strategy” with Chioma Okwara & Tessie Udegboka. Check out the recording here.
“Street Harassment Beyond Genders” with Sophie Sandberg, Founder of Catcalls of NYC & ChalkBack, during Anti-Street Harassment Week 2023. Check out the recording here.
“Activism in Conflict Zones” with Fabrice Muchiga & Azadeh Pourzand during Anti-Street Harassment Week. Check out the recording here.
“Online Harassment Amongst Teenagers: The YLSC Approach” with Jean Marie, Salisu M & Victor Okechukwu. Check out the recording here.
- Rainbow Circles
- STEM Leadership & Mentoring Program
- #SheLeadsHere STEM Leadership & Mentoring Program
- Stand Up Against Street Harassment with L’Oreal Paris India and Right To Be
- Responsible Community Based Tourism Program with SIDBI
- Gender Sensitive and Inclusive STEM Leadership Program for young women from Delhi NCR
- Youth League for Safer Cities
- Vital Voices Training