A virtual initiative that improves the safety for women and girls in urban areas
Safecity is registered as a non-profit organization in the United States under the name Red Dot Foundation Global and in India as the Red Dot Foundation. Founded and led by ElsaMarie D’Silva, this team seeks to improve the lives of women, youth and the elderly through awareness, interaction and education.
It is a virtual platform that collects personal information about sexual harassment and sexual abuse in public spaces. These data, which can be anonymous, are grouped as hot spots on a map showing trends at the local level. The idea is to make this data useful for individuals, local communities and local government to identify the factors behind violent behavior and to work on strategies for finding solutions. Since its launch on December 26, 2012, Safecity has collected more than 10,000 stories from more than 50 cities in India, Kenya, Cameroon, Nepal, Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago.
Safecity aims to make cities safer by promoting equal access to public spaces for all, especially women, through the use of data from multiple sources, community engagement and institutional accountability. Its main target audience is women / girls who are victims of sexual harassment due to a patriarchal culture. Safecity encourages them to share their stories, to learn that they are not alone as “victims”, to feel able to defend themselves and to confront the aggressor.
They have created a database that allows, among other things, to better understand the “safe” landscape of a region and make the most informed decision when people want to go there. Safecity has a strong presence on social media on Facebook and Twitter. Discussions and advocacy through tweets are regularly organized by volunteers. They also have a writer’s movement where bloggers contribute to their articles. They send regular scorecards and monthly trends to partner NGOs in India and abroad and to the police in Delhi, Mumbai and Goa as well as the missed call service for those who do not have Internet access in India, through which the team reminds them to tell their story.
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