Spotlight: Elsa Marie D’Silva, Founder and CEO of The Red Dot Foundation, India

Elsa Marie D’Silva, founder and chief executive officer of the Red Dot Foundation and a National Endowment for Democracy Spring 2019 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow, works to end violence against women. She is also the innovator of Safecity, an online platform developed by Red Dot Foundation that uses crowdsourcing to track reports of sexual violence and harassment in public spaces and maps this data to show unsafe areas in cities.

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program hosts democracy activists, scholars, and journalists for five-month fellowships, bringing fresh insights and perspectives to Washington, DC. The fellowship offers an important opportunity to explore new ideas in a comparative context, undertake individual research, and share best practices with one another.