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Women's Safety Challenge Community Champion Update #8

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Karolle Rabarison is our current volunteer Challenge Community Champion. You'll see her popping up across the Women's Safety Challenge with handy tips and words of encouragement – and posting community updates here like a true champion!
A friend recently belittled the power of words to tackle gender issues, and – enraged – I threw my computer out the window.

OK, not literally!

The computer stayed right next to me. But I did go home frustrated. It took me a few days to realize why.

When it comes to gender equality, words and language ­– not women-only commutes, driver profiling, or safety apps – are the most accessible and powerful tools we have. The way we use our words both reflects and influences our and others’ values and has the power to perpetuate sexism and gender-based violence. That’s a fact. It’s also a fact that our words have the incredible power to create the opposite of those behaviors.
"Language can have a powerful impact in shaping one’s own identity and the identities of those around you. I was motivated to participate in this campaign to bring light to the impact  our everyday words have in affecting consciousness."
— Abhi Sanka, speaking about the You Don't Say campaign.

How might our words promote communities that are safer and empowering for women and girls?

Here are exciting works-in-progress from the Ideas phase that aim to use words, language, and stories to create positive change.

This happened here by Natasha Freidus
Initiative to bring women’s stories to public spaces like bus stops as crowdsourced audio.

Story sharing by Sarah Beckett
Candy Chang-inspired, low-tech platform for men and women to share positive and negative stories in a high-traffic public space.

Free comic books featuring fictional, locally-originated heroines by Neil Sharma
The title is self-explanatory, and the idea is empowering!

The book club – educational audiobook series by Lauren Popish
Building upon the comic books for girls, Lauren’s idea is about radio stories or audiobooks. 

The blind eye project by Jes Simson 
Collecting and sharing stories specifically to benefit programs that rely on political or institutional support.

Comic strips about sex education for children and teenagers by EarlyBird
Sex ed delivered in a fun and accessible way that promote safety and respect for others.
Harassing women is a cowardly act by Manjul Rathee
Positive communication “to reposition street harassment as an act of cowardice rather than a display of bravado.”

The Ideas phase closes April 30. Keep up the brainstorming and collaboration!
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There have been development of several apps lately on Aptoide App Store that focuses on women's safety that really I must say is wonderful initiative by the Aptoide community.

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I think every mothers need to study something, how to let her son to respect girls. when I'm a child, my mother told me must respect girls and girls will like me. so, untill now I very respect girls and others.

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Karolle, Great update! Looks like I missed a chance to submit ideas-so I'll comment and would you have any suggestions for how someone might do more? For example; I'm often writing "worst case scenarios" Just a few short instances from the view of a child whose abused mother had no idea she wasn't the only one being abused. I even have a few domestic violence situations where men were the victims. Actually, some pretty tough guys were abused in some of the worst scores on a threat assessment form. Wouldn't it be ideal to get the virtual and augmented reality big players to sponsor their devices to record and celebrate stories or situations where people came to the aid of someone being bullied. Fernando Flores promotes a pluristic network concept and I've been working with someone who has developed an application for helping us all to understand our selves, then help us articulate how we want the world to see us and then work with small teams and finally influence others who don't think like us. It's a great opportunity. Happy to share if you want to direct me to anyone.

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Thank you for giving us a lot of articles and ideas to support this topic, which is very interesting and helpful. And I am looking forward to see this idea in this stage.

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Karolle, Thanks for those vital areas pin pointed on the power of words. As you rightly said words plays vital place towards the safety and empowerment of women in our society. The use and application of words are achieved through learning and education.. Emphasis should placed on learning nad education in order to achieve maximum delivery of proper usage of words. Thanks

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Thank you for reading, Patrick! Would love to hear about different ways – whether small steps or big productions – that you and others in your community encourage positive and empowering language.