Safecity

Safecity is a platform that crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces. This data which may be anonymous, gets aggregated as hot spots on a map indicating trends at a local level. The idea is to make this data useful for individuals, local communities and local administration to identify factors that cause behaviour that leads to violence and work on strategies for solutions.

Safecity aims to make cities safer by encouraging equal access to public spaces for everyone especially women, through the use of crowdsourced data, community engagement and institutional accountability.

Why is it important to report cases of harassment and abuse?
UN Women states that 1 in 3 women face some kind of sexual assault at least once in their lifetime. But in our experience, these statistics are grossly under reported especially in India where a rape occurs every 20 minutes. Yet most women and girls do not talk about this abuse for a multiple of reasons - fear of society, culture, victim blaming, fear of police, tedious formal procedures etc. As a result women keep silent and this data is not captured anywhere but the perpetrator gets bolder over time and we accept it as part of our daily routine. This leads to under communication and under reporting of the issue. If there are poor official statistics, the problem is not visible and is not a true representation of the actual problem. Therefore we need to break our silence and document every instance of harassment and abuse in public spaces so that we can find the most effective solutions at the neighbourhood level.

Our main objective is to:
Create awareness on sexual harassment and abuse and get women and other disadvantaged communities to break their silence and report their personal experiences. Collate this information to showcase location based trends. Make this information available and useful for individuals, local communities and local administration to solve the problem at the local level.

We hold a lot of workshops on sexual harassment and child sexual abuse. We look to corporates to support the workshops/community campaigns through their HR for their employees and CSR for the society. We also network for donors.

What we have achieved so far:

  • 10,000+ reports
  • 15,000 families impacted
  • 15,000 people attended workshops
  • 7 countries - India, Kenya, Nepal, Cameroon, Nigeria, Tobago & Trinidad and USA
  • 3 police forces - Delhi, Mumbai, Goa
  • Facebook - +44,000 likes
  • Twitter – 175,000 followers
  • Volunteers - 500/yr

Key Facts

Organization: Safecity
Website: www.safecity.in
Contact: Supreet K Singh
Email: supreetksingh@gmail.com
Operating in: India, United States

Category

Healthcare

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