The Consulate General of Ireland, Mumbai and Red Dot Foundation are hosting an exciting Data Challenge on Women’s Safety for students in India and Ireland. Registrations are open from 8 November to 8 December 2021. The virtual challenge finals will be hosted in February 2022 with winners announced in time for International Women’s Day on 8 March. Over 100 students from Higher education institutions in India and Ireland will team up to design solutions for women’s safety.
The aim of this Data Challenge on Women’s Safety is to provide an opportunity for students to deeper understand the issue of sexual and gender-based violence through data analysis and visualizations, and recommend ideas and possible solutions. Sexual and gender-based violence is a global pandemic affecting 1 in 3 women on an average at least once in their lifetime (UN Women). This violence is highly under-reported due to shame and the taboo associated with it. The Data Challenge seeks to break the silence on the issue and inspire students to take action. Red Dot Foundation’s Safecity dataset comprising anonymous incidents of sexual and gender-based violence will form the base for the challenge.
Selected participants will be placed into teams and will have the opportunity to pitch compelling ideas as solutions for women’s safety. During the challenge, participants will attend Master Classes and expert panels to further their understanding on the topic. They will also have access to mentors from academia, industry and the social sector to help them develop their ideas. Working in multi-disciplinary and intercultural teams, participants can hone their skills in gender and intercultural sensitivity, data analytics and visualization, critical thinking and problem solving and “learn by doing”.
“Working with Red Dot Foundation gives the Consulate the opportunity to support an initiative with practical outcomes for women’s safety, while providing a space for Indian and Irish students to meet and exchange ideas. We hope this project will lead to even stronger links between India and Ireland”, says Alison Reilly, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Ireland, Mumbai.
“It is important that students are socially aware and sensitive. Participating in the data challenge gives them the opportunity to “learn by doing” as well as develop intercultural skills whilst working on a complex social problem. We hope they get a deeper insight to the issue of sexual and gender based violence and be motivated to take action to prevent it. We are thrilled to partner with the Consulate General of Ireland in Mumbai and other partners on this challenge.” says ElsaMarie DSilva, Founder, Red Dot Foundation.
Each team will have the opportunity to pitch their idea or solution for women’s safety. Eight teams will be selected for the final pitches and three winning ideas will be awarded prize vouchers. The first prize is INR 45000, the second prize INR 25000 and the third prize INR 15000.
The project will connect with students across Ireland through UCD College of Science and has been developed with support from Education in Ireland.