I have been given the great honor and privilege of participating in the Google Women in Technology “Days in the Life” project! This is a great opportunity to share bits and pieces of my world as a tech enthusiast, leader of Survivors Connect, artist, and anthropologist with a strong passion for combating all forms of gender-based violence, especially human trafficking.
Aashika Damodar, Founder of ‘Survivors Connect’
Survivors Connect is a non-profit that is dedicated to developing and extending innovative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to enhance anti gender-based violence (GBV) efforts. As a small, all-volunteer led organization, my week is mixed up of days where I act more like an Executive Director, some days where I am a Program Manager and other days with activities that fall in between. It is a great job and I love every day of it.
Mobile technology as well as other communication technologies are becoming a primary point of entry into the digital world for millions. As mobile technologies proliferate, it is my goal to understand how these technologies shape the way individuals engage with their surroundings and the world at large. We’re also looking at how simple technologies can connect survivors to resources they need, prevent vulnerable communities from falling victim to trafficking, and how we can do better monitoring of the problem at large. The degree to which people use their mobile phones to manage their social lives, increase productivity, connect to news and media was just unimaginable to me years ago. The impact of ICT on the development agenda is still young and we hope that our organization can contribute by showcasing what it can do for human rights.