Today, women are playing a significant role in sustainability initiatives, which covers environmental and societal issues, issues of gender equality and inclusiveness in the workplace. There is an increase in the engagement with sustainability leaders from across industries, highlighting important milestones while taking on the challenges faced by women in sustainability.
Having walked 3800 kms from Kanyakumari to Srinagar in 230 days, Srishti Bakshi, Founder, CrossBow Miles, has been on a on-foot journey. This journey of 3800 kms focused on creating awareness for women’s safety and empowerment through financial and digital literacy. Enthusiastic Mumbaikars walked in a symbolic march to reclaim the dark as a safe place for women and girls. Talks were given bySushmita Sen & Dia Mirza.
While walking through India, Srishti has claimed to have interacted with over 85,000 people on the ground, engaging on the ideas of much needed change in society. Workshops have been conducted on topics like I am a change maker, Know your rights, Women empowerment, Gender sensitization, Financial and digital literacy, Hygiene, Sanitation, Leadership amongst others for educational institutes, self-help groups, corporate organisations, etc.
The movement celebrated the achievements of ordinary women who showed extraordinary courage to fight their circumstances. The inspirational stories of these women were portrayed through a series of wall paintings by artists and local volunteers.
After its on-foot journey, CrossBow Miles will continue with its movement to build a better and safer India for women. To that effect, a white paper will be presented with its observations and suggestions to the highest government authorities in the country. “Deep-rooted misogyny and gender stereotyping cannot change overnight. It is a long process of taking small steps in your own life and then moving towards more active volunteerism. The task of walking for a cause everyday ignites the idea of working for change. In phase two of the app life cycle, as corporates choose to support the most walked-for causes, these steps translate to resources, in cash or kind,” Srishti added.
While the effort to effect policy-level changes will continue, there are technological solutions to social causes by harnessing people to get more involved and interested in impacting social change. Their app will work as a platform for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), their funders and encourage people to come together to work for a better and safer India for women.
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