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"Community Prototyper for the Women's Safety Challenge"
Hi there! I am the Community Prototyper for the Women's Safety Challenge! Together we will iterate and build on each other's ideas and I will reach you about tips and tricks for prototyping to propel an idea forward.
I am a young industrial designer from Turkey, working and traveling with a focus on philanthropy. Loving the flexibility of working in new contexts and settings, I have spent my past five years studying bachelor design degree in Turkey (Istanbul Technical University), the Netherlands (TUDelft), and South Korea (KAIST) with a graduation in 2012. Meanwhile, I have worked in Denmark at Designit, in India and in Uganda for short periods.
My latest project, Happy Baby, is leading my multidisciplinary team and developing the process of field research, design process and the pilot study of an affordable and comfortable baby carrier, aiming to be produced and used in the rural areas of developing countries. We are currently in the piloting phase of the project taking place in Nkokonjeru, a rural town in Central Uganda. Prior to this position, I was awarded by INDEX: Design to Improve Life and UNICEF with my school projects on developing products to improve sanitation in rural schools. The experiences I have had in my short career helped me set the concern of having a positive social impact as a primary goal in my profession.
Thank you for creating this great platform and bringing design activists together!
Say 'NO' Day is a campaign for the right of women to speak up! In low-income settings, where sexual harassment is a part of everyday life, many women simply do not know their rights to say NO even when they have the chance.
So great to see the experience map and the implementation plan you developed. I have live in Nkokonjeru in Biukwe District for several months in 2013, so I can imagine so many young girls in Namuwongo benefiting from your idea :) It is especially nice to hear father’s support on this mission.
In some years, a way to financially support the program could be to open it for international students also. Possibly a foreigner student can cover the expenses of herself and provide scholarship for 3-4 students in the program. This would also bring girls from different cultures together and build friendships.
Do you see it as a girls-only holiday program?
Another idea is that alumni girls of the holiday program could be recruited as trainers when they become older.
As the community prototyper, I would be happy to support the prototyping process of your idea.
Hi Melchior, congrats with the experience map and I love the prototype blog. One other thing you can do is to create a Facebook group where it might be easier to invite people to join and share awareness on gender equality.
When you are asking 'what is gender equality?', are you looking to find out whether people know about the term? In addition, if you would like to get more personal feedback from users, you could ask 'What is your experience with gender equality in your country?'