Safecity Monthly Updates: February 2019


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.

Swedish Dads Indian Dads, Mumbai

On 2nd February, Elsa D’Silva- our Founder, along with Ulrika Sundberg (Swedish Consul General) and Johan Bavaman inaugurated the amazing photo exhibition ‘Swedish Dads Indian Dads’ at Kalaghoda festival, Mumbai.

The inauguration of the exhibition in Mumbai was followed by a High Tea and a panel discussion on ‘Unlocking the Keys to Gender Equality’ with photographers Johan Bavman, Avinash Gowariker, General Manager SCCO- Sara Larsson, Maharashtra State Intelligence Commissioner Rashmi Shukhla, Principal Secretary Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Department (Addtl Charge) Aseem Kumar Gupta, and Elsa Dsilva. The panel was moderated by Ulrika Sundberg.

The photo exhibition got many dads and granddads sharing their experiences with their children and how parenting should be more gender equal. You can check out more pictures here.

The exhibition was up for 10 days at Coomaraswamy Hall at Kalaghoda. We had many people visiting during these days and people shared their thoughts with us. You can check out their reactions here.

Elsa D’Silva, Johan Bavman and Ulrika Sundberg inaugurating the exhibition

Swedish Dads Indian Dads, Pune

The Swedish Dads Indian Dads photo exhibition was inaugurated in Pune on 14th Feb. The display was open to the public along the Mumbai-Pune highway from Sandvik to Atlas Copco to Alfa Laval all Swedish companies. from the 14th to 24th of February.

The aim of the exhibition was to kick-start conversations on gender roles, biases, parental leave and gender equality. In Pune too, the exhibition was followed by a panel discussion on “Unlocking the Keys to Gender Equality” moderated by our Founder Elsa Dsilva. Panelists included Ulrika Sundberg, Sara Larsson, Aafreen Siddiqui and representatives of Sandvik, Atlas Copco and AlfaLaval.


Delhi- What would you tell a survivor?

On the occasion of One Billion Rising, our team in Delhi, under the guidance of Vanshika Siya Deswal, put up a stall where students were welcome to come and write messages that they would wish to convey to survivors of sexual harassment.

You can read more about it here.









Mumbai– Illustrated Stories

Illustrated Stories was a workshop by the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) Mumbai on using comic illustrations to tell stories and was a part of the One Billion Rising movement.

The theme of the workshop was talking about ‘Gender issues through art’. The participants learned about the different types of illustrations and how you can tell a story by simple illustrations.










Tania Fernandes conducted an awareness workshop  along with Suzlon Foundation and Adhar NGO on gender sensitivity and menstrual hygiene for 105 young children at Padamavati High School Katitak, Satara as part of One Billion Rising. Girls and boys from class 8th, 9th and 10th along with their teachers and principal attended this workshop.

You can read more about it here.









Selection for Women International Film Festival

#NirbhayaMaiAsifaMai– a short film conceptualised and directed by Supreet K Singh, our Director, has been officially selected for the ‘Women International Film Festival’ in Islamabad!

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. Here is this beautiful film if you haven’t watched it yet-

Chatting with RadioOne

A couple of years ago Safecity was one of the winners of the Google S M B Heroes. As part of that, Elsa D’Silva, our Founder, was invited to speak at a Radio One Delhi show.

Redefining Boundaries

Elsa D’Silva was at St. Xavier’s College Mumbai to talk to students on the topic “Redefining Boundries – Equality, Entrepreneurship and Community”

Rise Up Fellow

Tania Fernandes, our Head of Training and Youth Engagement, is now a Rise Up Fellow. Check out the Gender Equity Initiative by Rise Up – Levantemos!

Tania shares her experience as a Rise Up Fellow-“Rise Up activates women and girls to transform their lives, families and communities by strengthening leadership, investing in local solutions and building movements. As a Rise Up Fellow, I participated in an intensive 7 day Accelerator workshop which was engaging, challenging, had a lot of experiential learning and networking opportunities. The Rise Up Accelerator also helped me strengthen my leadership skills, learn new skills and develop strategies to improve the lives of girls and women in Maharashtra.”










Josh Talks

Josh Talks is an Indian media company headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana. Elsa, our Founder, shared her story as well as her journey with Safecity- providing a platform for many to share their stories of harassment and abuse.

Consultation on Prerana’s Online Anti-Trafficking Resource Centre

Prerana Anti-Human Trafficking is upgrading and redesigning their Anti-Trafficking Center’s advocacy portal. Keep a look out on their page for updates

Supreet K Singh, our Director, was part of the discussions with many others aiding and and sharing perspectives on safety in public spaces.









Social Inclusion Toolkit

As a proud CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation member we are happy to promote the Social inclusion toolkit. Have a look through to see how you can ensure diversity and inclusion in your workspace.

Girl Fund Campaign

We have been selected by Global Giving to be part of their Girl Fund Campaign. We appreciate every generous donation. Even $10 will go a long way.

You can use this link to donate-

I Inspire 2019- Outreach Partner

An Inclusive Leadership Conference, I Inspire aims to be a confluence of ideas, a convergence of thoughts, a celebration of the spirit of Inclusive Leadership and most of all – transformation of all participants – the speakers and audience alike. This years’ theme is “Include & Impact” and we welcome you to join hundreds of participants getting together to learn, to educate, to connect and to inspire. The 7th edition will take place on 5th April 2019 at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon.

Here is the registration link-


Corporate Workshops

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

Safecity Emerging Leaders

Safecity is celebrating the journey of people who have emerged as leaders as our campaigns progressed in their communities through our blog series “Safecity Emerging Leaders”. Read the inspiring stories of these individuals who are passionate about making their neighbourhoods safer with Safecity and have taken action in their own special ways.

Read this month’s Emerging Leader Shibani Chakravorty’s story on our blog here.

When we asked Shibani about her experience doing an internship with Safecity, this is what she had to say –

“In just a month and a half I have been able to do numerous productive things, meet amazing people, get inspired and step out of my boundaries. One thing I have sensed while working at Safecity is how graciously inclusive it is of ideas. It inspires me to keep going and exploring, and this is something I’m trying to instil into myself as a leader too.”

We have several opportunities for you to volunteer and take action. Do check our website.


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 February’s compiled tweetchats here – Decoding Consent: Understanding the gap between what’s okay and what’s not okayHuman Trafficking and CitiesInvisible Illnesses: Navigating Gender and Mental HealthThe Role of Police in Preventing Gender-Based Violence and India has a very low divorce rate. Is it always a ‘Happily Ever-after’?


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-

Safecity Malaysia

Radziah Radzi the President of our Safecity Malaysia branch- Sisterhood Alliance talked data & mapping for reducing violence against women and girls. This was aired on Bernama News Channel. You can watch the talk here.

Radziah also spoke at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, at the Speakers Corner in conjunction with the Malaysia Urban Forum to share about the Safecity app.









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?

  • 2nd March– Vital Voices Mentoring Walk 2019 in partnership with Prerana Anti-Human Trafficking Centre
  • Every Friday at 9 pm IST/ 1130 am EST join us on Twitter @pinthecreep

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