Shalini Sharma works as a Social Media Intern with Safecity.
She’s currently in her 2nd year of graduation and pursuing business administration. She wants to work for a society where humanity is put ahead before all differences and inculcate the different sects with the spirit of unity.
When I joined Safecity a month ago, I never knew how courageous women around me are. I grew up reading examples of women & girls who were “supposedly” the exceptions for the society, working towards betterment for everyone. I perceived there are some women who raise their voices, thus portraying the whole community. And I have never been so wrong in my life.
Every woman who is associated with Safecity is a ‘Wonder Woman’ and every person who’s doing even their small bits is an epitome of bravery. I have been working as a Social Media Intern for a month now. I read about all the events that are happening in different cities, the Youth Leaders in different colleges working for the Safe Campus Program. Volunteers running Amplify change workshops and what not.
It gives me immense delight to be a part of such a group who’s determined for their beliefs. Being molested as a child which I always kept to myself because I felt not brave enough to talk about it, has affected me in terms I couldn’t have anticipated. So, curating tweetchat on ‘Role of Teachers in preventing Child Sexual Abuse’, I read things which were cheerful as well horrific just like the two sides of a coin.
It came to my realisation that preventing horrendous crimes against people and ending the plight of prejudice due to dissimilarities is a fight we all are a part of and I have never felt more comfortable to talk about my experiences. I am, more than ever, resolved on raising my voice and taking stand for myself and seeking inspiration from everyone around me who’s working for themselves and others! I look forward to working on more programs by Safecity.
As part of the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives, Safecity implemented a project called Safe Campus Program wherein a series of workshops were conducted at 20 colleges in Mumbai, Pune, and Satara.
As a part of this project, a group of 100 youth ambassadors were identified from each of these colleges and were trained to conduct workshops at their respective colleges. The topics that they were sensitized to included POSH and POSCO, gender discrimination, gender equality and inclusiveness, sexual harassment within their campuses, and methods of addressal and reduction of the same. These youth ambassadors then went onto conduct workshops and activities which included an essay writing competition conducted by Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth Nursing department, skits by the students of SIES college explaining POSH at workplace and colleges, and, engagement of the students of Nirmala Niketan, with the local communities to create awareness regarding the same.
Dec 17, 2019
By ElsaMarie DSilva - Founder & CEO
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In addition, we would like to draw your attention to this campaign we are doing for the Government of Canada.
Safe Campus Program- Red Dot Foundation with The Government of Canada
In keeping with our mission & constant endeavour to create Safe Public Spaces and to spread awareness & advocate gender equality & prevention of sexual violence; in the month of September, Red Dot Foundation together with the Government of Canada commenced a six month ‘Safe Campus Program’ with 20 colleges in Maharashtra.
Five students have been identified from each college to be ‘Youth Leaders’. We have begun conducting 3-day workshops for the students to help them be peer educators. These workshops will focus on sensitising them, particularly on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Faculty and administration will also be trained.