GBV Help Map
Explain your project in details:
the GBV HELP MAP. This is a crowdmap comprising over 15000 organizations world over, offering medical, legal, education / employment, resources (food, shelter, clothing, emergency support), police and ambulance services for women who have faced violence. Often, women who have faced violence either dont know where to go for help, or dont have resources to find out where to go for help. Sometimes, their situation prevents them from finding help, and that can be extremely dangerous to their safety. Our research found that many women couldn't search for resources online due to search engine trails that they couldn't always successfully erase. Furthermore, many women were unsure of the credibility of the organizations themselves. Recognizing the gap in access, The Red Elephant Foundation decided to use technology to intervene and assist access. We have created a Global Help Map that offers details of verified organizations in 197 countries of the world. This map aims to serve three purposes: 1. Provide a one-click platform that can be accessed from anywhere to identify the nearest provider of services for a survivor. Instead of Googling services and leaving a trail where one remains in a vulnerable situation, this one-link-access is easy to delete from browser histories. 2. Provide a glimpse to aid workers and donors to identify areas that dont have resources altogether or resources of a particular kind, so that they may device appropriate intervention strategies. 3. Provide a comfortable space for inter-organizational collaboration and referral, where organizations can help survivors in other countries access help, or, can refer survivors who come to them, to others to respond to particular needs. This map will soon be made available as a Mobile App as well.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The UN Women tweeted the map, The Population Foundation of India has tweeted the Map, Womenkind World Wide (USA) and Women's Legal Aid Centre (Tanzania) shared the map among their networks. The map has been used by Safecity (Mumbai) and How Revealing, and so far, 7000 private citizens around the world. With the map, we've been able to help 1718 women who reported privately that they were helped via email / WhatsApp. Going by statistics, we gather that the map is used on an average of 75-100 times every 24 hours.
Sustainability and future plans
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Kirthi Jayakumar is an activist, artist and writer from Chennai, India. She founded and runs the Red Elephant Foundation, a civilian peacebuilding initiative that works for gender equality through storytelling, advocacy and digital interventions. She is a member of the Youth Working Group for Gender Equality under the UNIANYD. Kirthi is the recipient of the US Presidential Services Medal (2012) for her services as a volunteer to Delta Women NGO, and the two-time recipient of the UN Online Volunteer of the Year Award (2012, 2013). Her second book, The Dove's Lament, made it to the final shortlist for the Muse India Young Writers' Literary Award. Kirthi was recently invited to the United State of Women Summit at the White House in Washington DC, as a nominated changemaker. She is also a Zen Doodler, and her works have been commissioned by corporate establishments, non-profits and art collectors world over.