How women-friendly are our cities? Are we actively thinking of all genders when we design them? The GDL members Eirliani Abdul Rahman and Elsa D' Silva tried to shed some light on those questions at this years Global Media Forum in Bonn taking place from 11-13 of June 2018.
Deutsche Welle's Global Media Forum (GMF) is an international media conference that brings together decision-makers, influencers, journalists, political scientists, civil society and academia. This year the GMF is all about Global Inequalities. This means discussing different facets of inequality as well as talking about obligations and responsibilities.
With this in mind, GDL Members Eirliani and Elsa invited everyone to join them for a dynamic conversation with physical dimensions. The idea was that participants reveal their stance on an issue according to where they stand in the room. Creative Tensions is a fresh approach to group dialogue that encourages openess and inspires empathy. Eirliani and Elsa expected participants to gain a greater understanding of the issues that impact women in a city, as well as a deeper insight into the need to include the gender perspective in the planning process.
Eirliani Abdul Rahman is co-founder of YAKIN (Youth, Adult survivors & Kin In Need), an NGO working on child rights and child protection issues, and a member of Twitter’s Safety & Trust Council. She is also Director at the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.
In 2015, she led a successful campaign of the NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan entitled #FullStop to #childsexualabuse in India. Eirliani served in the Singapore Foreign Service and was posted to Delhi as Political Counsellor. Prior to that, she was in Berlin as First Secretary (Political). Before becoming a diplomat, she was a development consultant in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she worked with Harvard Business School’s Prof Michael Potter on the Kazakhstan Competitiveness Programme.
Eirliani won the 2015 BMW Foundation Responsible Young Leaders Award and is an Asian Forum on Global Governance Fellow. She writes for the Huffington Post and the India Today Group’s “DailyO” on issues concerning child online safety and child sexual abuse. She was featured in the book Majulah! 50 Years of the Malay/Muslim Community in Singapore. Eirliani edited Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi’s book Will for Children, a collection of essays on child labour.
An avid rock climber, Eirliani trains in Colorado and Singapore. She speaks English, German, Malay and Russian.
Elsa Marie D’Silva is the founder and Managing Director of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity), a platform that crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces. Since Safecity started in December 2012, it has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal.
Elsa Marie is an alumna of the US State Department’s Fortune Program, a fellow with Rotary Peace, Aspen New Voices and Vital Voices, and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. She is listed as one of BBC Hindi’s 100 Women. Moreover, she has won the Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award launched by Dušan Stojanović (European Angel Investor of the Year 2013) and the SheThePeople’s Digital Woman Award in Social Impact.
Prior to Safecity, she spent 20 years in the aviation industry, where she worked with Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. In her last role in aviation, she was Vice President Network Planning.