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ElsaMarie D’Silva, Founder and President of Red Dot Foundation Global, with Hillary Clinton at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC on 24 April 2019. 

Elsa at the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards 2019 in Washington DC

As a past honoree, Elsa was invited to speak about our work and collaboration with other Vital Voices network members. It was a glittering evening with women leaders like Secretary Hillary Clinton, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Nobel Peace Laureate Nadia Murad amongst others.

The Safecity app is being supported by Vital Voices and the US State Department through the Voices Against Violence Program.

Elsa and Gillian at the Academy For Language and Technology, Bronx, New York

On 12 April, Elsa and Gillian D’Souza Nazareth, Director Global Partnerships were in New York for a series of meetings at the United Nations. They also conducted a workshop with teenagers at the Academy for Language and Technology in the Bronx at the invitation of Enact, Inc

Enact Inc. addresses sexual violence through theatre. The girls had read up on Safecity and were keen to have a discussion on sexual violence, gender stereotypes, and ways to take a stand. We discussed several possibilities including engaging their brothers and friends in a campaign to raise awareness. Later that evening Andrea from Enact Inc. and Elsa attended Girl Be Heard and did a talk back with the young cast.

Elsa and Suzanne at Beyond Going Viral at the University of Maryland Baltimore

The University of Maryland Baltimore’s School of Nursing hosted their annual Nurses for Global Health conference. The theme was “Beyond Going Viral: How Technology is Shaping the World”. Elsa and Suzanne Lea, CEO of Red Dot Foundation Global shared their experiences of using technology and data to document personal stories of sexual violence thus bridging the data gap that exists due to under-reporting.

They also shared how the data indicates patterns and trends that could identify not only locations of frequent incidents but also inform local solutions much like peer review apps would. The nurses found the session very thought provoking especially as they are often the first responders who are confided to by survivors. Many of them shared their own personal stories of sexual violence and almost everyone downloaded the app as they felt it was the need of the hour to start collecting data in the Baltimore area.

Sisterhood Alliance

Based in Malaysia, Sisterhood Alliance is an NGO that works with young girls. Through various platforms like seminars, workshops and activities they aid in empowering these young girls. In partnership with Safecity, Sisterhood Alliance enables them to create safer public spaces by spreading awareness about sexual harassment, engaging communities and finding solutions as Campus Ambassadors.

To the left is a news article about Safecity in Malay language in a local Malaysian Newspaper. 

Safecity Satara Chapter

Safecity’s Satara chapter is bridging the digital divide, incubating technology innovations and content development of livelihood options. It also focused on building capacities of a community-based organization. Safecity’s Satara Chapter came into existence to address sexual harassment in public spaces of Satara. This campaign was in collaboration with the Suzlon Foundation and Adar NGO. 

The campaign educated and enabled community members with the right knowledge and tools to curb sexual harassment cases. It engaged 1000+ people including 40% men through encouraged reporting, direct engagement, etc. The campaign also engaged local village authorities and Police authorities in addressing sexual harassment faced in public spaces.

Learn more about the chapter here.

Help Red Dot Foundation Global by donating to one of our campaigns. We plan to train 10 Youth Campus Ambassadors to work on projects to further safety of women and girls to prevent sexual violence. Red Dot Foundation Global is a 501c3 organization. 
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