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Distinguished Lecture: An online event with ElsaMarie D'Silva Event

ElsaMarie D'Silva
13:00 - 14:00
17 November 2020
Online event

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Event details

In partnership with the India Centre, University of Southampton, we are delighted to host an online event with Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation (India), and President of Red Dot Foundation Global (USA), ElsaMarie D'Silva.

In a talk entitled 'Safecity - a crowd map for sexual and gender based violence', she will be sharing with us how she has used Safecity to engage 750,000 citizens and police to be agents of change. She will also share her experiences of being a tech social entrepreneur and lessons learned in engaging communities and individuals to take action on a highly taboo topic. The event will finish with a Q&A session.

About the speaker

ElsaMarie D'Silva is the Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation (India) and President of Red Dot Foundation Global (USA). Its platform Safecity, crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces. Since Safecity started in Dec 2012, it has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India and abroad. She is listed as one of BBC Hindi’s 100 Women and has won several awards including Government of India Niti Aayog’s #WomenTransformingIndia award and The Digital Woman Award in Social Impact by SheThePeople. She has penned articles that have appeared in CNN, Huffington Post, WIP amongst others. She has spoken about her work at the Rotary International Assembly 2019, Aspen Ideas Festival , at TEDx MidAtlantic, UN Women, State Department, Vital Voices South to South Leadership Summit. She has been a panelist for World Bank, NDI, USIP, SheThePeople and hosted a roundtable at the Bloomberg CityLab London 2015.

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