All In A Month’s Work: Chayn Italia Launches, Snap Counsellors Goes Viral & Ammal Goes Designing

It’s been a particularly busy month at Chayn and I wanted to give you a run down of what we’ve been up to!

Let’s start with the best: Chayn Italia.org is now live!

Visit ChaynItalia.org

Excitement was high across the Chayn network for the long-anticipated launch of Chayn Italia. Building on the success of Chayn Pakistan and Chayn India, Chayn Italia went live on 22nd March with the help of 60 Italian volunteers hailing from research, activist and community work backgrounds.

There are real gender-based problems in Italy that the platform seeks to address.

In 2013, 179 women were killed by partners or ex-partners. Today, almost a third of women aged between 16 and 70 have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence.

In light of this systemic gender inequality, the team at Chayn Italia set out to create a platform with two key objectives:

  1. To help women who live in abusive relationships by providing simple and accessible information and practical guides.
  2. To provide a platform for communication and discussion that will combine the energy and knowledge of people across Italy hoping to make a difference against gendered violence.

They deserve recognition for their fantastic site — go and check it out here and learn more about why the platform is needed here.

If you’ve been anywhere near social media this week — you probably saw Chayn India’s viral social media campaign being shared on facebook or twitter: Snapchat Counsellors.

The Snapchat account has been receiving international media attention, a testament to the amazing efforts of the Snap Counsellors team. Featured on Teen Vogue Buzzfeed Cosmopolitan UK, The Independent, Mashable,Tech in Asia among many more.

As if a the release of a whole new Chayn platform wasn’t enough, Chayn India has realised a new way to help victims of domestic violence. Harnessing the power of Snapchat as a non-committal and private means of communication, the Chayn India team set up a Snapchat account (“Snap Counsellors”) as part of the wider LoveDoctor counselling project, and in partnership with Rajshekar Patil.

LoveDoctor, based in India, was originally set up as a platform to provide “confidential answers to questions about sex and relationships from experts”. It has now expanded to offer advice and support on a variety of platforms to people that need it, in India and internationally.

Help, advice and counselling can often be entirely inaccessible for those experiencing relationship abuse and domestic violence, which is why Snap Counsellors and LoveDoctor revolutionise the way in which people can access these important resources. Anyone with a smartphone and the Snapchat app can make use of LoveDoctor, by adding “lovedoctordotin”. Alternatively, the platform offers other ways of getting in touch on the LoveDoctor website. The account draws on the toolkit we worked on last month on support available for teenage abuse relationships, especially those on campus. It’s so amazing to see the hours I put in with other Chayners on Slack result in a toolkit that is being used by many teens.

Watch the PSA here.

AMMAL.IO update:

Ammal, Chayn’s digital skills-sharing network, hosted a successful workshop on digital design on 19th March, which discussed design tools and principles, as well as how to work collaboratively on a digital project. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive — it’s evident that empowering women through digital skills is an exciting and effective way forward. We’ll be sharing the testimonial video from the event next week!

Here’s a bonus news bite:

Chayn won second place in a pitch for Yunus&Youth, who drive social change through their global fellowship programme. The organisation provide mentorship and offer a network through which young social entrepreneurs can receive guidance and support in growing their social enterprises. An incredible achievement!

p.s. We also launched our Impact Report which if you haven’t seen is a must-read! Read it here: chayn.co/2016/03/08/impact-report-what-chayn-did-in-2015/

As you can see, that was one hell of a month. Here’s to having more of these this year!