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.
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.
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.
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Our Emerging Leader Tanushree has this to say about her project with us
Safecity Emerging Leader: Tanushree
Tanushree is an aspiring designer, who is currently pursuing her bachelor’s in Retail Design. She loves to read the thesaurus, go on jogs and chug green tea in her free time. Spends a stupendous amount of time scrolling on Zomato looking for new restaurants to try out. She profoundly believes in the quote “do what you love, love what you do.
Safecity has provided a platform for women to open a conversation on sexual harassment in public spaces and empowered them to create a dialogue on such a pervasive matter. I was enthralled to receive an internship opportunity with Safecity as I strongly support the cause they are working for and their unique approach to tackle this sensitive issue. As someone who has faced sexual harassment herself, I was thrilled to support this cause in my area of interest- graphics. I have always loved art and working with digital software. I thoroughly enjoyed creating visuals which are essential tools to promote the events and it is crucial that these posters effectively communicate the cause advocated by them as they are the first point of contact between the organisation and the audience.
This internship helped me hone my adobe software skills, understand the process of creating effective compositions, and effectively manage time. Simultaneously, I also gained insight into various relevant topics of social importance such as the Rights of women at a police station. Safecity has instilled a sense of social consciousness and has helped inculcate professionalism in me. Working with Safecity has been a creatively gratifying and enriching experience so far.
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Read this month’s Emerging Leader Blessy Varghese’s story on our blog here.
When we asked Blessy about her experience doing an internship with Safecity, this is what she had to say –
“I have improved my writing skills and learned more extensively about the many difficulties women face everywhere. I realize the extent to which women suffer, the obstacles that women activists have to go through. There are many women who are sentenced to death and imprisonment for raising their voices. It was also uplifting to see tiny victories such as driving licences being granted to women in Saudi Arabia, The Triple Talaq Bill being passed in India and such.”
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