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Photo Credit: Deutsche Welle
Photo Credit: Deutsche Welle

In the light of continuing violence against women, Elsa Marie D'Silva, GDL Member, founder of SafeCities and CEO of Red Dot Foundation, is trying to bring more attention to this important topic.

Since the launch in 2012, SafeCity has collected over 10,000 stories and individual experiences - giving women worldwide a voice. Aggregating this data opens new possibilities to search for causing factors, thus finding long lasting solutions.

Verónica Zaragovia, a Colombian American freelance journalist, has written more about Elsa's engagement.

You can read the whole TwentyThirty blog post here.

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Breaking the Silence
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Elsa Marie D’Silva

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.

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Read more about Elsa's work at Safecity and see for yourself in this this documentary. She also has a very clear vision for the Global Diplomacy Lab .

 

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