BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- "Safecity" a project by the Red Dot Foundation of India received the 3rd prize at this year's Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA) Ceremony.
"Safecity began on the idea of creating a platform in which victims of sexual harassment could speak up and unite to act," says founder and managing director, ElsaMarie D'Silva. "We believe that there is a need for a platform like ours which cuts across boundaries of all kinds, and we hope that our project can be replicated with the support of the IIA."
Safecity is an innovative platform that crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces. By acting on the data collected through community engagement and institutional accountability, the project aims to make public spaces safer and equally accessible to all, especially women and girls. The project operates on the rationale that for women and girls to fully participate in society, it is important that they feel safe and are able to access and navigate public spaces freely.
The Intercultural Innovation Award, a partnership between UNAOC and the BMW Group, supports grassroots initiatives that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, thereby contributing to peace, cultural diversity and more inclusive societies. Close to 1000 applications were received from more than 120 countries, from which ten awardees were selected across five continents. This underlines the award's importance and commitment to the worldwide promotion of intercultural diversity and understanding.
The award was presented at a dedicated ceremony on 26 April during the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), chaired by H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, and Mr. Bill McAndrews, Vice President BMW Group Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications.
In addition to monetary support, the Red Dot Foundation will receive mentoring from UNAOC and BMW Group to help their projects expand and replicate in other contexts. Project support is customized based on the individual and specific needs of award recipients.
In case of enquiries please contact:
Milena Pighi, BMW Group, Spokesperson BMW Group Corporate Social Responsibility
Telephone: +49-89-382-66563, Fax: +49-89-382-24418, [email protected]
Alessandro Girola, UNAOC, Programming Coordinator
Telephone: +1- 929-274-6217, Fax: +1-929-274-6233, [email protected]
SOURCE United Nations Alliance of Civilizations