On 10 Dec 2017, Safecity hosted a stall at We The Women curated by Barkha Dutt at Mehboob Studio, Bandra. We hosted a live mapping activity to represent what our web and mobile app do in the online space and also demonstrated the reporting process on our mobile app to all those who patronised the stall. The stall was managed by Ashwini Syed, our Head of HR and Operations, along with interns from the various departments of Safecity.
Our interns share their experience being at the event and representing Safecity-
Deepika Joshi, our Blogger, says, “10th December was not just a normal Sunday for me but it was full of excitement to attend and volunteer for the event. I had frankly never been a part of such a huge event before this. There was so much positivity around. It was an exquisite experience to spread awareness about Safecity and talk to people encouraging them to share their experiences. It motivated us when people commended us on the work we do. Being an HR student, it is very important for me to have a confidence to talk to people and explain processes to them. Safecity gave me a hands-on opportunity and experience due to which I am more confident now. It was great to invite people to our stall and create awareness about the Safecity app as well as help them to mark unsafe places on the actual map of Mumbai. Overall, it was complete package of Learning, Fun, Excitement and volunteering! Thank-you SAFECITY”
Brenda Marbaniang, from our Policy and Legal team says, “For me, this event was a great exposure as it gave me an opportunity to hear people’s opinion on safety not only in Mumbai but all over India. It was also eye opening having heard a few of them share their personal experiences on sexual harassment.
Through the interaction with people at We the Women, it made me realize that women are still unsafe not only in the night but during broad day light. However, using the Safecity app makes us more precautious when travelling in public spaces. I thank Safecity for this great initiative.”
Alisha Khan, from our Social Media team says, “Being a part of the representative team of Safecity at We The Women was a memorable experience. The festival was highly educating. It constituted of speaking sessions by vivid personalities and wonderful performances by brilliant artists. It was a great exposure to the real world.
Propagating Safecity felt challenging as it was the only technical plot on the festival ground which pondered upon reporting sexual harassment. It was great to talk to people and make them aware of the importance of speaking against wrong. We told them the benefits of the Safecity app. It was also a proud moment when people reciprocated positively and found the application useful.”
Rita Goveas Rao, Admin support for our Mobile app says, “We invited many guests to visit our stall and explained to them what Safecity is all about. Many of them were very impressed with the work that we do. Most of them felt that this kind of awareness about sexual harassment and getting the reports documented is absolutely required and is a necessity in our society. Guests like Priya Dutt and Gauri Sawant were highly impressed with Safecity.
It was a great experience attending the event. After interacting with different kinds of people from various walks of life I realised that sexual harassment has been experienced by people from the lowest level of society to the highest. There were also many who did not want to break their silences while a few were more open about it. We need to encourage people who are not very comfortable with sharing their views and experiences on sexual harassment as by doing so we can get almost everyone to come together and get such reports documented for a further course of action and thus resulting in eventually eradicating this issue from our society.”