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authorities, transport authorities and other civic officials to deliver better services. Thus far, we have over 11,500 stories and we have engaged about 500,000 people using this data. We have several examples where on being presented with the data, the police have increased vigilance and changed their beat patterns, municipal authorities have fixed street lighting and made safe and clean toilets available and religious leaders have advocated with men and boys on appropriate behaviour. It is through storytelling that we can educate men and boys to engage in solutions as many of them claim ignorance and that is partly because of the silence around the issue. Most men may not be perpetrators of violence, but they are silent bystanders at times. In many countries like mine, there are more men than women especially in public spaces. If anything, untoward happens to us, we would like them to be active in stopping it. Therefore, there is a need to educate them to recognise the crime, intervene in an appropriate manner and call out such behaviour amongst their peers to stop this violence. Story-telling can be an important part of that process. Therefore, as a first step towards ending this violence, I would encourage you to report your experience of sexual violence and misconduct on Safecity and/or to any official authority, read up on how you can be a better bystander and have a full understanding of the law. At the end of the day, we need everyone on board to end sexual violence against women and girls as it truly impacts the quality of one?s life.

ElsaMarie D?Silva is the Founder and CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) and works on women's rights issues in India. She is a 2015 Aspen New Voices Fellow and a Fellow at the Yale?s Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program 2018. Follow her on Twitter, @elsamariedsilva and SafeCity: @pinthecreep

Most men may not be perpetrators of violence, but they are silent bystanders at times.

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Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

Violence Against Women Issue  

Ananke presents a special edition marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Nov 25th, 2018.

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