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Create awareness, educate women!

Like they say "prevention is better than cure" women/girls ought to be taught at a very young age that they need to be vigilant as they are very vulnerable and can be easily intimidated by the opposite sex. This should start at schools as well as at home.

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Not every boy/man approaches a girl/woman with a bad intention. This misconception is to be cleared first. The big question is what must be done when girls/women are being eve teased? 

In my research, from the few people that I spoke to, I found that not every girl/woman is aware what should be done when they come across men/boys with bad intentions. They are even scared to approach the police and lodge a complaint.

Voluntery organisations and NGOs should go and educate these women/girls self defence techniques. There are NGOs like CARE and Swabhiman to name a few in India which work towards the empowerment of women/girls by providing them with some small scale jobs where they can earn and sustain. But what they are lacking in is that they are not teaching them any self-defense techniques. It is also equally important.

So, when a girl/woman is attacked first and foremost they should scream and draw attention but shouldn't keep quite and shun away. Then they can hit or bite the attacker accordingly. Having one or two self-defense tricks up their sleeve would be helpful.

The government should also take active interest and start self-defense lessons at schools. This way half the problem would be solved. The women at home can be taught by their kids as well as people from voluntary organisations and NGOs can go and teach these women by conducting a short course or classes on the same.

Explain your idea in one sentence.

Create awareness among girls/women and teach them self-defense techniques.

What is the need you are trying to solve?

Trying to make girls/women strong mentally and physically.

Who will benefit from this idea and how would you monitor its success?

Women/girls would benefit from this idea.

Who would be best equipped to implement this idea in the real world? You? Your organisation? Another organisation or entity?

Anyone who is willing to can implement this idea in the real world.

Where should this idea be implemented?

Everywhere. Since, its effective and costs very less.

How might you prototype this idea and test some of the assumptions behind it?

I would like to go to a slum gather few women/girls educate them and teach them few self-defense techniques and see how it would help them.

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Photo of Bethany Arwa
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Like all women, I've been cat called and hit on. Usually it is fine and I can brush it off, but there is always that one person who crosses the line, and I don't know what to do. Often times I'm embarrassed! Knowing how to protect yourself in that situation and when and how to say enough is enough is something every female and minority should be taught. Dignity is everything and we shouldn't allow strangers to take it away.

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Hey, thank you for going through my idea. What you said is absolutely true. Though its not the girl's/women's fault often they are left embarrassed. Standing up for oneself is very important.

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Photo of Meena Kadri
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Great thoughts, Swetha. Are you able to connect with women and girls in low-income areas to give some part of your idea a go? If not, could be good to try it out with a group of friends to see what you might learn to build the idea further. Here's some prototyping tips: http://ideo.pn/pr0t0type Do you think that NGO's could benefit from a toolkit to help them teach this kind of stuff? Perhaps you could see what you learn from trying part of it out and begin to put together something like that?

And here's a friendly tip: update your OpenIDEO profile so folks can dig who they're collaborating with. Think skills, experience, passions & wit! Looking forward to seeing more of you across conversations on this challenge...

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Photo of Swetha Davuluri
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Hey Meena, yes I've already spoken to the girls/women of low income areas. I've interviewed them and my idea is based upon the same. You can read my findings here: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/reaching-out-to-women
I've also arranged for a community session where I could shed more light on this topic and hope to create awareness.

Thank you for your tip. I shall update it.

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Photo of Meena Kadri
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Great to hear, Swetha. And as your idea takes shape from your community session feedback and input, you can update your post by hitting the Update Entry button on the right of your post. Looking forward to seeing this idea grow!

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Swetha, great to hear that you are able to prototype your idea. This is really cool!

You might also build upon Priyanka's idea: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/let-s-teach-her-some-moves

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Photo of Swetha Davuluri
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Sure, I shall do that Meena.

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Photo of Swetha Davuluri
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Thank you Anne! Also thank you for your suggestion, will look into it.