Women Who Inspire- International Day of the Girl



Jessica Xalco is the Volunteer Engagement Officer at Safecity. She manages Safecity’s Internship Programme and Volunteer outreach. Along with Mubaraka Motiwala, she also leads Safecity’s Campus Ambassador (Leadership) Programme & Safecity’s NSS (Mumbai University) Project. An avid reader and a child at heart, you’ll find her entrenched in the realms beyond during her time of leisure. Her personal favourite form of literary expression is Poetry. A positively empowered student, she takes on every challenge as a learning opportunity. Her mantra – Die another day.


Kirthi Jayakumar is the Founder of The Red Elephant Foundation (REF). I love REF’s work because it’s based on Civilian Peace Building & Gender Equality – I find that to be all encapsulating and extremely vital to the current state of the World. A look at REF online or attending their sessions and workshops, will show you the myriad and creative ways in which they achieve their objectives.

Kirthi is also an incredible author – her novels ‘Stories of Hope’ & ‘The Dove’s Lament’ have been acclaimed for their power to transport the reader to life altering realities, as if they were living them while giving the reader the context of the situation, leaving them with an understanding of the gravity of conflict across the Globe and in the end, its meaning for the World. Her Zen Doodles are striking, telling a million stories, mirroring beautiful and horrible realities, calling everyone who lays eyes on them to come forward and make a change. The Gender Based Violence Help Map #GBVHelpmap by REF is an effective & easy to use instrument that helps people whose everyday reality calls on resources for help to combat their situation.

She inspires me because she is indomitable and she never gives up. She is passionate about her work and leaves no detail to chance. She is a powerhouse who can multitask like nobody I know, always running a 100 campaigns at once while still attending to every task that demands her responsibility and attention.

She is kind, patient and respectful towards all whom she interacts with and people walk away from her feeling strong, inspired and warm. Thank You Kirthi for inspiring me every day and thank you most of all for honoring me by calling me ‘Friend’.

Here’s to Kirthi and women like her who empower, encourage and bring all up!



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