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March 9, 2017

The unspoken question on Women’s Day in Washington: What might have been

In India, ElsaMarie D’Silva responded to the brutal gang-rape and murder of a New Delhi student by pioneering a technology platform called “Safecity,” which allows women to anonymously report harassment and assaults. The crowd-sourced maps help police and women and have spread to 50 cities in India, Kenya, Cameroon, and Nepal.

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March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day: Using technology to help prevent sexual harassment against women

Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, and there are ways to use this development for a good cause. Artificial Intelligence is making our lives easier by understanding our needs and a leading bot platform, Gupshup, along with Safecity has launched a chatbot on Facebook Messenger with the goal of helping women report sexual harassment incidents.

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January 20, 2017

The Scoop 118 with Wanjala Wafula

Wanjala Wafula is the Founder and Executive Director of the Coexist Initiative, a multi-global award winning Kenyan NGO working across Kenya and the entire East Africa region as well as parts of Southern Africa. The organization promotes gender transformation, human rights and social justice by targeting and working with men, boys and communities.

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January 15, 2017

30 Under 30 Europe: Meet The Law & Policy Class Of 2017

From Brexit to the Italian Referendum, it has been a tumultuous year for European politics. But these young voices are already shaping and will continue to shape policymaking from both the public and private sectors as the world navigates these uncertain times.

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October 27, 2016

VICE SPECIALS: Nathanael – Singa

Lorsque que le bénévolat et le succès vont de pair: Une entrevue avec les fondateurs de la start-up française qui accueille les personnes réfugiées.

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August 17, 2016

Mahesh Sharma launches digital platform for learning of performing arts in Delhi

When Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture, launched the digital platform for learning of performing arts, VIRSA, in Delhi recently, he told the audience that he used to get beaten up by his teachers and wondered how will that be possible through e-learning.

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August 7, 2016

Digital classroom

In this swipe-right, swipe-left obsessed world, for the children of today and tomorrow, the performing arts have taken a back seat. They are either bombarded with elements from academia or busy learning and exploring the world of virtual wonders. In an initiative to change this present world crisis, a Delhi-based NGO Routes2Roots in association with the Ministry of Culture launched India’s largest interactive digital learning platform “Virsa” to promote and preserve India’s rich cultural heritage and legacy of performing arts.

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August 6, 2016

Master of All Roles

Dance is a way of life for Pandit Birju Maharaj, the familiar face of Kathak dance all over the world. A unique phenomenon of creativity, Maharaj has now chosen a rare path which his contemporaries may not do. He speaks to Ila Sankrityayan about ‘Virsa’, an interactive online learning programme to teach the youth about the classical art form and reconnect masses to it

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August 4, 2016

Preserving Indian culture

It has been rightly said “A nation’s culture is the true image of its art”. To preserve and promote India’s rich cultural heritage and legacy of performing arts, Delhi-based NGO Routes2Roots, in association with Union ministry of culture, has launched India’s largest interactive digital learning of performing arts, titled VIRSA, at the Indian Habitat Centre last week. Minister of state for culture and tourism, Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the programme in the presence of Alok Kumar Verma, Commissioner of Police, Delhi, Kathak Maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj, Sitarist Pandit Devabrata Chaudhury and Delhi Chief Secretary K K Sharma among others.

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July 25, 2016

VIDEO: Everyday Racism

By walking a mile in someone’s shoes you can get a decent understanding of their life. However, when it comes to seeing how different races are viewed it’s more of a challenge, but one Australian company has done just that by developing an app called Everyday Racism.

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July 12, 2016

Berlin Dinner Parties That Celebrate Refugees and Their Food

The moment she mentioned Lesbos, the room grew quiet. The group of a dozen people had splintered off about halfway through dinner to converse about life in Berlin and about the food we were grazing on. But now Hend, 37, wearing glasses and a gray hijab, had the stage. She was about to reveal what everyone at this dinner party was most curious about: What was it like for her to journey from Syria to Germany?

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June 26, 2016

New app to tackle racism in schools

A web-based app that teaches eight to 10-year-olds about racism and discrimination will be available for use in primary schools from next month. The app, an initiative of the national charity All Together Now, leads users through various scenarios in which children could be excluded because of bias and stereotyping.

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