Need: Fight Back: India’s Women Safety Campaign Needs $50,000
Whypoll is India’s first open government platform. It has a simple aim – take gaps in governance and fill it with effective technology that ordinary people can use for the lowest possible cost.
In the last 40 years, rape cases in India have gone UP by a shocking 800 percent. In the Indian capital New Delhi, with one of the most modern tube intra-city railway networks in the world, there is still an assault of a woman every minute, every second scores of others are harassed.
This is why Whypoll has worked to create India’s first integrated women’s safety platform that works on three different layers.
Our constantly monitored crowd sourced research ensures that our UNSAFE MAPs of different cities is always update for the use of citizens and tourists.
For any incident of harassment, people can report on the site anonymously or with their details, as they choose, and reports of these incidents are compiled and reflected on the map and sent to police.
Our harassment reporting mobile application ensures that an immediate SOS to family and friends.
The campaign has already started and has been widely reported with stories everywhere from the New York Times to The Times of India and supported by thousands of people in the Indian capital New Delhi where it has been launched.
Now we need funds ($50,000) to take it across India to 9 more troubled cities where women face the gravest challenges to their personal liberty and security in public areas. We want to expand the campaign – the map, the unsafe surveys, the use of the harassment reporting portal and the app to a total of 10 Indian cities where women face maximum security challenges.
We need a total of $50,000 to spread this to a total of 10 cities. For each city, we will hire on-ground researchers who will survey across the chosen city for a period of at least 45 days to create a unique UNSAFE areas in that city MAP which will become the base on which the campaign will be conducted in that city.
The money will be spend in paying researchers and creating the database for each map in each city and also to run a campaign to make people aware of the grave issue of violence against women in public spaces.
Each city will have its own micro site which will have a map and a reporting portal and the link to download an SOS mobile application. The money will also be spent in building microsites for each city that we target.
Our strength lies in the fact that not only do we have a powerful idea but we have also showcased that it works and there is already something significant – that has been reported on by some of the biggest news organizations around the world – that exists on the ground.
Now we need funds to spread the campaign across India to thousands of more women who desperately need this kind of tools to fight harassment.
Our goal is to reach a total of 10 cities and every dollar given to us will enable us to go a little further in that goal. If we raise less, we will be able to reach less than 10 number of cities but the campaign will still go on in various cities and towns, but with less funds we will not be able to reach 10 cities and towns.
Please note that not a single dollar from your contributions will go as payment to the owners of the project as salary or remuneration. The creators of the project do not take a cent as salary or remuneration and every dollar given will be used in the project.