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My Impact Leader Vision

Kirthi
Posted November 23, 2016 from India

“We live in a world that has a culture of silence in place — and until we break that, we may always continue to allow violence and crime to happen.”

I am a survivor of sexual abuse, bullying and racism. I felt defeated at one point in life but I realized that I was more than all the wrong that was done to me. I started by telling my story to the people around me – by speaking out – and the empathy that others had, helped me gain the support I needed to rise out of the depression.

That was when I foundedThe Red Elephant Foundationto help as many people as I could, to tell their stories and to rise above adversity in life.

I would like to specifically address the lack of access of facilities for women who have faced violence.

What is the issue you are trying to solve?Either due to illiteracy or lack of money, or sometimes fear of stigma and reprisals, women don't reach out to access legal, medical, police, resource and other help when they face violence. I would like to use technology to bridge that gap with a tool that is accessible to women of all ages, races, languages, nationalities and economic means.

Women deserve better lives. We hold up half the sky but social dynamics somehow place facilities above the sky – almost as if it should be out of women's reach.

What is your solution?My solution is to make information accessible in as convenient a way as possible – which means open access, credible information on where a woman can go, and thereafter, sensitized assistance for women. I would like to create a mobile app that will list all the organizations and services a woman can access around where she lives, and will also contain fact sheets and information on what she should do when she is in a given situation, along with the breakdown on what her rights are. Organizations, that have been accessed, will also be graded by women who received help which can then be used to ensure appropriate care and accountability.

In what way will the lives of specific individuals be improved because of your work?Instead of searching services online and leaving a trail placing one in a vulnerable situation, one link will help vulnerable women access the resources they need to help themselves when they face a situation of violence, and keep them safe by mapping perpetrator patterns and clusters.

By making the app easy to delete from browser histories, the women will be empowered knowing they have access to a safe and comfortable space for support and information. Also through inter-organizational collaboration and referral, organizations can help survivors in other countries access help, design workshops in specific communities or devise appropriate intervention strategies based on the perpetrator mapping, or can refer survivors, who come to them, to others to response to particular needs.

As a survivor, I know the importance and value of these services and assistance. After facing violence myself, I don't want any woman to suffer alone or in silence.

Impact Goal:To reach 500 women the world over in the first year. WHOstates that 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. However, some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.

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ARREY - ECHI
Nov 24, 2016
Nov 24, 2016

This here are some laudable goals. I love the idea of an app. More grease to your elbows.

Rupande Mehta
Nov 30, 2016
Nov 30, 2016

so proud of you, my friend! 

WorldCare
Jan 01, 2017
Jan 01, 2017

Kirthi, your idea of an app which directs women to locations where they can get assistance after violence to themselves is brilliant! This is a central help site which can be shared by hundreds of victims, and yet their information is erasable - excellent. You see the BIG PICTURE, and have a global view of how to support these women. I congratulate you on this innovation, and wish you all success in your continued efforts.

Colleen Abdoulah
Jan 20, 2017
Jan 20, 2017

This is such a great idea and I hope it is a fabulous success. Any way that I may support you to make this happen please let me know. Good for you for turning a painful experience into productive action for others. Many blessings

dianirules
Feb 28, 2017
Feb 28, 2017

Amazing idea and wishing you the very best in the bold step you've undertaken. Coming from a region that does not have facilities , shelters, information etc for victims of violence (men or women), your clever innovation would definitely be handy . Kind Regards.

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 09, 2017
Mar 09, 2017

Dear Kirthi,

I wish you much courage. Your app will  help many women in the world. keep on the great poject.

Monica Clarke
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 14, 2017

Dear Kirthi - How is the app going? Any chance we can replicate in South Africa please? Keep going! Monica

Kirthi
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 14, 2017

Hi Monica! Thank you dear friend <3 Nangamso to you, too <3 <3 <3 I LOVE the sound of the beautiful word - the meaning and the power it offers is like a cloak around my shoulders, a cloak of love.

Monica, we could certainly use the same app for South Africa. Would you like to suggest resources for us to add for cities in SA so the app is better enriched?