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Kids Brigade

This idea attempts towards creating a council of children to contribute in reporting or indicating any violence or abuse against women in their society.

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Children are a major part of the social structure. What they become as an adult is what they have acquired from the adults in their immediate surroundings. Many a times they are the once themselves facing the abuse. However in all the cases they are pretty aware of any problem around them or of that their keen (Mother or Sister) is facing. Starting from domestic abuse to the any kind of violence at streets. Children can sense it but they do not express their discomfort due to many fears. Fear of losing support from their parents or fear of taboo around raising these issues to name a few. 
Such councils will not only work towards curbing these issues but in return also educate them about possible issues they could face as an adult.

What is the need you are trying to solve?

Respect for women and security as an idea right through the childhood from the educational setting. Children can become the pointers of data.

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

Women in direct or indirect acquaintances with these children will benefit directly as children can point towards any possible future abuse their keens face.

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

School teacher's as a body to facilitate children to speak up. NGOs working with children have attempted to facilitate such open environment but results are not scalable to a large extent The idea is to make groups of kids as a reporting group over time for any particular area.

Where should this idea be implemented?

This idea can implemented at almost all urban, semi urban, rural areas with schools as basic infrastructure.

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

We would require at least - 1 secondary contributor in the form of a Councillor, who can come form the school or an elderly person in the society. - 5 to 10 kids for any group of 50 families in any locality. They will form the kid brigade group.

What might a day in the life of a community member interacting with your idea look like?

The kid brigade group will act as the immediate contributor of data. They being in the same age group with all the other children in the locality, can easily identify with the problems around them. The kid brigade representatives are connected with security authorities in the locality.


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