Indian app dealing with gender-based violence wins World Justice Challenge

Mumbai-based Elsa Marie D’Silva has won the World Justice Challenge for developing an app that addresses sexual and gender-based violence.

The World Justice Challenge is a global competition to identify, recognize and promote good practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance the rule of law.

Selected from a pool of 305 applicants from 118 countries, the winners were among 30 World Justice Challenge finalists invited to present their groundbreaking work at the World Justice Forum in Washington DC.

D’Silva, who is the founder of the Red Dot Foundation, received the World Justice Challenge Award for Equal Rights and Non-Discrimination in Safecity: A Crowd Map for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

The prize, which carries a prize of $20,000, was awarded to the Safecity app which was launched in response to the horrific gang rape in Delhi in 2012 which shook the entire nation at the event which took place in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The Safecity reporting platform captures anonymous data on incidents of sexual assault in the community in a crowdmap. The platform differentiates the type of incidents/attacks, time, date, place and other impressions of journalists.

By representing information on a map as ‘hotspots’, the project shifts the focus from the ‘victim’ to the location itself, helping people see the problem from a different perspective.

SafeCity has evolved from a simple reporting platform to a method of organizing and engaging communities for safety in their neighborhoods. The data was used to engage with police around problematic locations/times of day and to solicit community input on crime prevention.

In addition to D’Silva, four more were awarded for Best Local Initiatives under the themes of Access to Justice, Anti-Corruption and Open Government, Data for Justice, and Elder Voting, which was chosen by the winners and runners-up of the Challenge contests. years past.

“The rule of law is under attack around the world, and people are suffering countless injustices as a result,” Bill Neukom, co-founder and CEO of the World Justice Project, said in a statement.

“The World Justice Challenge shows how communities are resisting these attacks and how their innovations can succeed in delivering justice, opportunity and peace. We commend these champions of the rule of law and look forward to the further impact they inspire through their exemplary work. »

Jennifer C. Burleigh