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Enabling collaborative understanding of sexual harassment

Enabling collaborative understanding of sexual harassment
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The International Foundation for Crime Prevention & Victim Care (PCVC), a Chennai-based non-profit organisation, in association with the US Consulate General Hyderabad, organised a culmination event for a two-year long project aimed at addressing sexual harassment in public spaces.

The International Foundation for Crime Prevention & Victim Care (PCVC), a Chennai-based non-profit organisation, in association with the US Consulate General Hyderabad, organised a culmination event for a two-year long project aimed at addressing sexual harassment in public spaces.

The event was held in Begumpet on Friday. The project, titled, Community Led Action Program by Police (CLAPP), is a joint collaboration between members of police from She Team, and students of St. Mary’s College. Under the project, the students and police worked together to innovate solutions to address sexual harassment of women in public spaces.

“The CLAPP model supports the systematic use of partnership and problem-solving techniques, to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues for women. The model also helps in increasing public confidence in the police,” said Gabriel Hons Olivier, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General Hyderabad.

“The team comprised of 10 students and 10 members of Hyderabad City Police who initially went through a period of intense workshops on gender and sexual harassment. Using the SARA model, the team embarked on the task to collect data related to nature,extent of sexual harassment and perceptions on sexual harassment from multiple stakeholders like students, police, general public, civil society organizations and the municipal corporation,” informed Additional Commissioner of Police, Swati Lakra.

The data has been analysed and the report was released at the culmination event. The event also saw the release of the CLAPP handbook - a compilation of the processes involved in creating community partnerships and methods to implement a multi-stakeholder programme to devise collaborative community understanding and response to sexual harassment in public spaces.

“The handbook draws on the experiences of PCVC and includes good practices, learning and challenges in implementing a program such as CLAPP,” said Hons Oliver.

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