Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India

by Red Dot Foundation Global
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Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India
Creating a Safe Space for Women and Girls in India

The project “Safe Maharashtra”, funded by The Australian Consulate General in Mumbai, was carried out in Maharashtra, where we partnered with 5 distinct NGOs (Dhanwantari, Swayam, CORO, Sneha, and Kalapandhari Magasvargiya & Adivasi Gramin Vikas Sanstha) spread out over the state. The project aimed to increase the NGOs’ capacity in gender equality, laws, and data literacy while also focusing on some community-based safety measures.

We have worked with our 5 partner NGOs in Satara, Mumbai, Pune and Latur for the past year. We held workshops in Hindi, Marathi and English along with the NGOs and community members, considering the diverse cultural backgrounds. The workshops covered a variety of subjects, including gender sensitivity, legal training, computer literacy, data dashboards, and building capacity for data collection via the Safecity platform.

Achievements of the Project 

The Red Dot Foundation team trained 2,153 people, and the partner NGOs reached out to 5,052 people through their workshops. The project impacted 288 communities, with 198 incidents recorded on the Safecity platform. We could also reach out to 751 people through the community campaigns.

Marathi, the state language of Maharashtra, has been added to the Safecity platform. The questions were modified to empathetically allow survivors to share their experiences. They were also shown how to identify the community/ location they are reporting from. This will allow them to identify issues in a specific area and find solutions to create a safe neighbourhood through localised collective action.


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Digital GBV Toolkit

We created a digital GBV toolkit in partnership with On Our Radar. The aim is that women and girls, men and boys understand the nuances of gender based violence, familiarise them with international legislation and equip them with resources they can use. There is a directory of audio stories that are being collected so that people can understand this kind of violence better and be sensitised about it. We will continue building these resources that can be used globally. Please do get in touch with us if you would like to know more.

To access the digital toolkit please click here-


An Urban Planning Primer - Reimagining the city from a Woman’s Perspective

We released this primer on Women Friendly cities at the UN Urban Thinkers Campus in Mumbai on 21st June 2018. in collaboration with The Urban Vision at ISDI ACE.

A city designed to make women, children, vulnerable communities or elderly safe is a great city for all. This primer aims to highlight urban design, policy strategies & citizen actions that can make for a more inclusive & safe urban environment for women. This initiative is supported by the Standford Centre on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law’s Collaboration Grant’s Initiative as part of the Omidyar Network Leadership Forum.

You can view the primer here.


Inspiring Action - An audio story exhibition

Elsa D’Silva and her student liaisons at Yale hosted Inspiring Action- an audio story exhibition of survivors of sexual harassment due to bystander intervention and workshop. This was organised with the aim to encourage conversations on empowerment, self-care and interventions when dealing with sexual misconduct. The team showcased 12 audio stories of survivors with bystander interventions of some kind. It was well appreciated because many students felt resonance and comfort in the fact that people do take action. They also said that prior to listening to the stories they did not think of these common incidents as sexual misconduct and were now able to add to their toolkit of resources. You can read more about it here.

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Vanshika at Sanjay Basti
Vanshika at Sanjay Basti

Our teams on the ground have been very busy during Women's Month in March. 

In Mumbai, we did several events to educate people on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (POSH) Act. These were conducted as a panel discussion for Feminist Rani which had about 20 people in the audience and was live-streamed to 100 more, a session at the British Council for the Chevening Alumni community with further reflections on how the alumni can push the needle on the topic and the last was an interactive session at the US Consulate Mumbai's Dosti House with 60 NGO and corporate HR managers on helping them understand the Act and implementation of it within their organisations.

Our young team in Delhi was busy with 2 activities - a community based campaign in Sanjay Basti and at a fest on Hans Raj college campus. 

A social experiment was conducted by the Delhi Safecity team at their stall at LP area, Hans Raj College, Delhi. The aim of the experiment was to illustrate the gender pay gap. The experiment targeted about 90-100 college students who visited the stall. The experiment was conducted in a way that a boy and a girl sold lemonade. For the same quantity and quality of the lemonade sold, the girl was paid Rs. 10 and the boy was paid Rs. 15. Out of the people who visited the stall, 45 people were not interested to know the difference in the two prices or didn’t notice the same. 55 people did notice the difference in the price and questioned about the same. 33 of those 55 guessed it right and commented on the problem of wage disparity. They agreed that the majority of the companies pay higher wage rates to men than to women for doing the same job. They pointed out that women are underpaid and the pay of labour is more for men than women. Other 22 people made different remarks such as the fewer job opportunities offered to women. They mentioned that women usually don’t get what they deserve. Some also pointed out that the price difference was to encourage the people visiting there to buy from the girl and to empower her. One of them found selling the same lemonade for a lower price because she’s a girl as absolutely ridiculous. We concluded that not many of the people could understand what we wanted to depict through our experiment and could give their views about gender pay gap only after we told them about our experiment. Although some did feel that this wage disparity reflect the gender discrimination and discussed the same with their friends but some of them didn’t bother to ask about the different prices and were quite disinterested to know about the same.

It was a great experience for the Safecity team and we are looking forward to conducting several other social experiments!

These activities highlight the need to continue the conversation and education around sexual violence and gender equality. The more we talk about it, the less taboo it becomes and the more we can make it easier to break the silence.

Through our work, we engage several youth through volunteer opportunities and track their leadership journeys. We do capacity building sessions for these Campus Ambassadors who in turn reach out to educate other youth. Vanshika Deswal our Delhi Campus Ambassador says, “When I joined Safecity a year and a half ago, I never knew how much different of a person I would become- brave, independent, outspoken and more aware about my rights. I recently got a text message from my senior from school who appreciated me and how I became a more opinionated woman in these years."

Thank you so much for investing in our work. Be sure that your money is being well spent in the community and college campuses to make them safe as well as investing in youth to be "Ambassadors of change".

Delhi Safecity Chapter brainstorming ideas
Delhi Safecity Chapter brainstorming ideas
Delhi Safecity team at the Hans Raj College fest
Delhi Safecity team at the Hans Raj College fest


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Red Dot Foundation Global

Location: Columbia, MD - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @TheSafecityApp
Project Leader:
ElsaMarie DSilva
Columbia, MD United States

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