What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity, Policy change/advocacy.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Canımız Kampüste’s success is rooted in our priority of story-sharing. We have collected over a 150 stories of street harassment on university campuses in Istanbul, and we predict this number will well over double this fall with our expanded programs. Moreover, we have expanded from working with three universities in Fall 2011 to seven in Spring 2012, through events on safety, harassment awareness, and self-esteem building. We have reached over 1500 students in our on-campus activities, and numerous more in our online campaigns. We have 15 enthusiastic student volunteers, ten of who work as local Student Leaders. These students become empowered leaders on their campuses by coordinating screenings, exhibitions, panel discussions, online resources, and photography campaigns.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Invited to three new universities for Fall 2012, we also intend to diversify our program to include self defense training, Q&A sessions with a lawyer and psychologist, and self-esteem building through public speaking workshops. Fifteen universities will have Canımız Kampüste programs by Spring 2015, with thirty Student Leaders throughout Istanbul. Our story collection will reach 2,000 stories by Spring 2015 and we will have directly worked with over 6,000 students in our events and reached 15,000 students indirectly through traditional media, social media, campaigning, and word-of-mouth.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
In many of these universities, we partner with a knowledgable and engaged administator, student, or professor who leads our projects for that campus. Dependent on these individuals' initiatives, we are faced with the challenges of sustainability and integration into the universities’ infrastructure and priorities. Although three universities have already internally adopted our work in sustainable capacities, we must prioritize building institutional bonds during the 2012-2013 year more than expanding to new campuses. Financial security is real risk to sustaining our programming over the long term. Thus, we are applying for grants and coordinating fundraising events to fuel support and awareness from the community.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Entering a third semester, Canımız Kampüste programs will be known as a part of the student experience at ten universities.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
We will have engaged and inspired Student Leaders and their fellow students to become involved in the safety the community.