British Deputy High Commissioner to Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Dr Andrew Fleming mentioned, “It is the need of the hour to give the power to the youth to take on the responsibilities of making our community safer place for girls and women. Safety Club will be a great opportunity to channelize the youth energies in addressing girls’ safety issues”.
He was addressing as a chief guest at a pilot program of launching Public Safety Clubs for Women and Children in 5 colleges of Hyderabad. The project initiated by the Telangana State Women Safety Wing in association with ‘Save the Children and Lead Life NGO’s was organised at Sri Vivekananda Institute of Engineering and Technology in the city today.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for L&O and WSW Swati Lakra said ‘Safety Club’- for girls and women in each educational institution will be established to create awareness on various girls and women safety issues within the colleges as well as in their neighbourhood. Safety Club members will be the facilitator who would bridge the gap between the youths who are in need of support and the existing response mechanisms (Police, Legal Aid, Public Health, Education and others) available in the city for addressing girls’ and women safety issues.
She said “After listening to the young audience, I feel motivated and encouraged that we can make Telangana safer place for girls and women. Women Safety team is going to work closely with the young students to ensure the safety and security of girls”.
The colleges which are part of the Pilot project on ‘Volunteering Programme’ are (Badruka College of Commerce And Arts, Arora Degree and PG College, Jagruti Degree & PG College, Sreyas Institute of Engineering & Technology and Indira Priyadarshini Govt. Degree College for Women) in Hyderabad City.
The other senior officers who spoke on the occasion include IPS, DIG Women Safety Wing Smt. B. Sumathi, Director, SCERT Ms B Seshu Kumari, Joint Director, Commissionerate of College Education Dr Manjulata, Deputy Director (South) Save the Children Vikas Gora, and Founder, Lead Life Foundation Ajay Singh.