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The team at Red Dot Foundation wishes you and your loved ones the very best in these difficult times. ❤️

COVID-19 is on our minds too

We hope you are safe and that you are taking adequate precautions against COVID19. On our part, we have cancelled all public events and workshops. We have always been a work-from-home organisation, so we are happy to share some of our learnings.

We are using this time to revamp our workshops, up-skill our staff and strengthen our internal processes. We are also evaluating online offerings like sharing circles, learning webinars and more. So, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and connect with us. 

  • A regular routine gives you a semblance of normalcy in these uncertain times.
  • Use a calendar keeps track of your time and helps block off periods of time for work, exercise, and leisure.
  • Intersperse your day with a bit of exercise, a walk around the block, or with some quiet time.
  • Pause and reflect. You will look back and appreciate how the pace of life slowed down.
  • Be grateful as there are many who don’t have the comfort and luxury of working from home.
In the meantime, stay safe and socially engaged but distant from everyone.

We have a wonderful news (Hint: UN)

Red Dot Foundation's address United Nations during 58th Commission on Social Development

Red Dot Foundation has been voted the Vice-Chair of the NGO Committee on Social Development for the year 2020-21! As an ECOSOC accredited NGO, we have the privilege of attending meetings at the United Nations by various UN Bodies with the Member States. Our representative Gillian Dsouza Nazareth, had the privilege of addressing the multi-stakeholders session and called on the global community to agree on a definition of homelessness, as in the absence of a globally agreed definition there is the inability to scope the problem, size-up the enormity of the issue, and systematically address it.

Some of the committees we are part of and actively participate in are:

  • The Women’s Major Group
  • The NGO Committee on Finance for Development
  • NGO Committee on Social Development
  • C-190 Taskforce to ratify the ILO C-190
  • Urban Thinkers Campus committee (World Urban Campaign, UN Habitat)

Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk

We are in our fifth edition of the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk in Mumbai this year. The mentees were young women from Prerana Anti Human Trafficking Centre, Save the Children, Sneha and Reality Gives. The mentors included business leaders, entrepreneurs, journalists, architects, diplomatic corps, and development sector professionals. 31 pairs were matched based on the mentee’s goals and aspirations and the mentor’s skill sets. Everyone felt they were perfectly matched, thanks to the tireless efforts of our team members who believe in the power of mentorship.

It was incredible to see that one of the girls from our first mentoring walk is now on track to start her own NGO, while another has completed a Masters degree in Social Work and is now on the way to pursue her PhD! Whereas others were wanting to pursue careers in Art, Science, Inclusive Education, and Computer Science, among other fields. A majority of the mentees expressed their interest to speak English fluently and engaging with their mentors gave them the confidence and inspiration to do it more often.

More on our blog - https://safecity.in/vital-voices-mentoring-walk/

"What More Can We Do To End Sex Trafficking”

Here's our Board Director and Global COO, Eirliani Abdul Rahman’s account of her panel discussion hosted by the UN Women for Peace on the theme "What More Can We Do To End Sex Trafficking” held at The Permanent Mission of Monaco to the United Nations in New York City on Thursday, March 5th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. 

"When Oscar-winning actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino tags you on Instagram and encourages you in person after I had shared my story of being a child sexual abuse survivor on a panel that we were on together, it reminds me of the importance of women leaning in to lift one another up. Mira is one of the women who spoke up against Harvey Weinstein and sparked the #MeToo movement that has radically shifted the landscape for us women, especially here in the US. Thank you, Mira, for the amazing work that you do! [CONTINUED...]

..."My hope is that our recommendations against sex trafficking will be worked on, as promised by Ms Barbara Winston, President of the UN Women for Peace, whose idea for this initiative it was. I spoke about the need to expand the "safe habor" laws here in the US to all 50 states. Right now, children in 16 states can still be prosecuted for having been trafficked sexually. I also talked about the need to have more data so that we can have more accurate figures about the prevalence and incidence of sex trafficking, especially in the global South. And last but not least, I underlined the need to recognize that boys and men are trafficked too, and that their stories needed to be told. My appreciation to HE Isabelle Picco, the Permanent Representative of Monaco to the UN for hosting us."

Stay safe!
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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