Fifty girl students are on a mission to map safe places for girls in the city with regard to presence of security personnel, response of people around when they feel unsafe and the general safety environment. The girls will be using an app called ‘Safetipin’ to record safety measures on various parameters like lighting, people, presence of security personnel, how safe they felt and response in case of need.
The data collected will be discussed and evaluated to identify security lapses in a series of meetings to come up with a final report to be submitted to the government. The project funded by the British Deputy High Commission, Hyderabad is being taken up in partnership with ‘Voice 4 Girls’, a group working for women safety and creating awareness against gender-based violence.
As part of the project, five events will be held to create awareness among girls. It will also closely work with SHE teams.
Andrew McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner, Hyderabad said that “Empowerment and protection of women’s rights is a key UK priority. We support initiatives that strengthen government capacity to protect the rights and safety of all women, particularly young ones”.
The first workshop of the project saw girls of Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS) schools in Mahendra Hills and RK Puram knowing the issues related to safety, violence, abuse and rights. The project will also offer strategies and practical solutions to tackle them.
Sharanya Gautam of Voice 4 Girls said “The project will end on December 5 after a consultation with government authorities. This event will also mark ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ observed by the UN between November 25 and December 10 every year”.
Fifty girls will use an app called ‘Safetipin’ to record safety measures on various parameters and submit a report to the government.