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ElsaMarie D'Silva delivered a public lecture at the National Endowment for Democracy as a Reagan Fascell Fellow. She discussed why it was important for women's full participation in a democracy and discussed her work at Safecity.
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. 

Amplify Change Project - Kasewadi & Prem Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra

In March this year, we started the Amplify Change project in two multi-cultural and multi-religious communities – Prem Nagar and Kasewadi in Pune with 30,000 people living in a very small area. It is home to a major market for vegetables, fruits, and timber. It attracts traders travelling from different parts of India, making it very unsafe for women and girls living here. Our 8 youth leaders started off with a baseline survey involving 1000 women and girls. We conducted various sessions such as - knowing their rights, how to file a “First-hand information” report with the police, child sexual abuse, etc. The youth leaders mobilized some of the other youth to do a stage show on sexual harassment through song and dance – to enable to spread the message of prevention of sexual harassment and create a safe place for all. Sessions and activities with women, girls, children, boys, and men are on-going.

Amplify Change is a consortium that includes Mannion DanielsGlobal Fund for Women and African Women’s Development Fund. They are a collaborative initiative supported by Danida - the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, ViiV Healthcare, Norad - the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, DFID - the UK Department for International Development and SIDA – the Swedish Agency for International Development and Cooperation.

"You are the only organization who have come into our narrow tiny lanes, our houses are so close to each other that other NGO avoid coming in here, but you came. You shared so much information with us, you are making efforts to care about our security and reaching out to us! We are very thankful to you for coming here and speaking with us”

Watch: NDI Panel Discussion

ElsaMarie D'Silva in an NDI panel discussion on Crowdsourcing for Political Action

PlayItSafe and BuddyUp Campaign, Trinidad and Tobago

Our team in Trinidad and Tobago started as a collaborative initiative between members of the UWI Geography Department and Ms. Brafit TT. Soon after, we started working on the #PlayitSafe Campaign, engaging the UWI St. Augustine Campus by having a booth on campus for Anti- Street Harassment week. This set up included Safecity App demonstrations, mapping of unsafe areas on campus, and asking the student body to write how they would define harassment. The campaign also included the Harassment and Violence Campaign, "A Carnival Free from Sexual Violence".

To promote safety on campus and spread the message of the PlayItSafe campaign, the team launched a video in March, discussing the campaign and providing safety tips for students on campus and persons partaking in the carnival. Lastly, for Anti-Street Harassment Week 2019, the BuddyUp / PlayitSafe Campaign was developed which is geared towards encouraging students to be each other’s keeper by taking interest in each other’s safety on and off-campus. The team has also extended our services by creating a Buddy service where students can apply for a Buddy to be in or near the vicinity of study locations.

Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality - a seat at the table

A set of the SDG goals were reviewed along with voluntary national reviews by over 40 countries on their progress to achievement of the goals. Red Dot Foundation was represented by founder ElsaMarie D’Siva, Director of Global Partnerships Gillian D’Souza - Nazareth and our summer intern from Yale Chenyue Yang at the meeting of the United Nations high-level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development in 2019 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, from, 9 - 18 July 2019. See a bilingual YouTube video of our representation.

As part of the women’s major group representing NGOs at the United Nations, we were proud to bring to the forefront the importance of women’s contribution across all spheres of life both business and personal. In our first foray into the HLPF, we were given a “seat at the table “ as part of the many sessions held at the United Nations and are grateful to all for the support.

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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