Sarahah For A Cause – Organizations Using Viral Social Media App To Make a Difference
After the fall of Confession Pages, Ask.fm and Sayat.me, any mobile application made on similar lines must have known it would have limited life duration. Despite the history, the latest kid on the block, Sarahah, has taken the social media world by storm. The mobile application is currently the highest downloaded recent application in both Apple and Google Play Stores.
Though the app, which means ‘honesty’ in Arabic may have all the right intentions, it surely is not being used in all honesty. Several users have reported of receiving harassing messages on the app. Unfortunately, humanity is frail. There are those among us who are using Sarahah for darker purposes including racial abuses, sexual harassment, bullying etc. But even in this darkness, there is light. Certain Social Organizations have come forward and seized this instrument of viral change, Sarahah, and decided to use it for the greater good. These organizations include;
1. Women’s Health Line:
Women’s Health Line is a platform that aims to dismantle the culture of silence around women’s health and bodies by creating awareness, and fostering healthy conversations. Through a robust framework of well-researched content, an engaging community, comprehensive sex education, and a range of ingenious products and services, we seek to bring about holistic solutions to women’s health and body-care problems.
Deals with: Anything and everything related to Women’s Health.
2. The Red Elephant Foundation:
The Red Elephant Foundation is an initiative that is built on the foundations of story-telling, civilian peacebuilding and activism for women and girls. The initiative is titled “Red Elephant” to stand out as a vehicle that projects stories that must never be forgotten: stories that show you such courage that you should never forget, and stories that show the world such profound lessons that the world should never forget. In doing so, the initiative aims at creating awareness and opening up channels of communication towards creating societies of tolerance, peacebuilding and equality.
Deals with: Understanding Gender-based Violence, Incidents of Bullying/Reports of bullying, Requests for support organizations around you, Understanding Gender and related problems, Understanding Feminism etc.
3. #SaveTheSmiles Mission (By AWARE)
Mission #SaveTheSmiles is to conduct awareness sessions on-the-ground to educate and empower people about Child Sexual Abuse, by conducting workshops for children, teachers, and volunteers, equipping and enabling them to understand the prevalence of CSA, and tips on how to prevent, process, report and handle cases. The team of volunteers learns a lot in the process, too.
AWARE is a Chennai based initiative to spread Awareness on Human Laws, Rights & Gender Equality.
Deals with: Child sexual abuse (reporting/tackling etc).
ThatMate is an initiative which plans to build an educational infrastructure, not only for girls but for everybody, to talk about periods, homosexuality, gender equality, depression in a friendly, free way. They are a Social Enterprise that caters to the mental and sexual health of adolescents from ages 10-19.
Deals with: Mental and sexual health
Ungender (earlier “Cloudtrain.in”), was founded on a mission to make India safe for everyone, including all genders, sexual orientations, belief systems; and to achieve this, they started with India’s workplaces! While at it, they work on gender based laws affecting the workplaces and create solutions on education, awareness, implementation, monitoring and capacity building towards such laws. The core remains on implementing these gender-specific laws in an inclusive manner catering to the needs of all.
Deals with: Sexual harassment laws, incidents, remedies, authorities, wayouts, and more.
Technology can be used for immense good. If only humans choose to do so.
[Editors Note: We shall be updating this to feature more organizations soon. If you know some organization or individual doing something similar, please reach out!]