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Truecaller-News18 Network's women safety campaign #Itsnotok reaches to over 1.65 bn users

They unveiled #CallItOut artwork and #EmpowHER marathon for women on 31 July.

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Mumbai: The six-month-long ‘#ItsNotOk’ campaign by News18 Network and Truecaller has reached approximately 1.65 billion users on digital platforms with a message to call out harassment by blocking harassers on Truecaller and reporting them to relevant authorities to increase women's safety. The campaign has gone to various parts of the country like Telangana, Delhi, Assam, Karnataka, and Odisha.

They unveiled ‘#CallItOut’ artwork and have organised an ‘#EmpowHER’ marathon in partnership with the Delhi police to encourage women to fight harassment both in physical and digital spaces. The ministry of culture has also extended its support as part of the "75 years of Azadi Ka Mahotsav."

The ‘#CallItOut’ will be visible on the main wall of Delhi's iconic civil lines police station, which was unveiled on 29 July by Delhi police commissioner Rakesh Asthana. It will also be attended by the Delhi University proctor Rajni Abbi, Delhi Police DCP North West, Usha Rangnani, and blogger Anupriya Kapur.

Created by Delhi Street Art, the campaign will depict inspiring stories of women who have found the courage to report harassment and to inspire others in society to do the same when they see it. A version of the artwork can also be seen on the rear windscreens of Delhi police emergency helpline vehicles, encouraging Delhiites to participate in this movement to reduce harassment in society.

The #ItsNotOK EmpowHER run on 31 July will be followed by hundreds of runners running on a route designed in the shape of "ITS NOT OK." This is an act to demonstrate women's and committed citizens' commitment to reclaiming physical spaces. They will be accompanied by police officers who are staunch supporters of the movement to make public spaces safer for women, allowing them to make routine decisions without fear.

The ministry of labour and employment, environment, forest and climate change minister Bhupender Yadav will be present for the EmpowHER marathon. The run will also see participation from a host of sports celebrities and public figures, including actress Mandira Bedi, social activist Ranjana Kumari, marathoner Reeti Sahai, Delhi women's football players, Fit India ambassador Capt. Dharmveer, triathlete Pankaj Dhiman, fashion designer Namrata Joshipura, content creator Satshya Tharien, and many more.

Truecaller India director of public affairs Pragya Misra, said, “The culmination of #ItsNotOk is not the end of this effort, just a stopover in our journey of this movement to drive safety in digital communication and the real world. The campaign has empowered millions of people around the world to fight harassment and this year, we took it a step ahead by encouraging women to report harassment to the authorities in addition to blocking them on Truecaller.”

She further added, “Through the #CallItOut movement, several women across the country came together to call out harassment with the confidence that they have the support of local law enforcement and the community. We are delighted to partner with the Delhi Police on this initiative and their support in  forwarding our mission of making digital communication safe.”

As part of its journey to create awareness about women's safety, News18 Network & Truecaller #ItsNotOk initiative has reached more than 1.65 billion users across digital platforms so far and highlighted the helpline numbers 181 and 112 to over 92 million people for them to know where and how to report harassment.

Network18 studio senior VP of marketing, content & operations Sidharth Saini said, “Our partnership with Truecaller is a testament to how corporates and media platforms can come together and be a voice for good. This has been an enriching initiative for all stakeholders involved - one that successfully put a spotlight on women safety, and demonstrated the power of the community to put up a collective fight against harassment. We also want to thank the Delhi Police for their invaluable support and collaboration. Their association with this initiative further empowers women to be fearless in taking a stand.”

The initiative has seen support from policymakers like Smriti Irani, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, K Chandrashekhar Rao, Naveen Patnaik, K.T. Rama Rao, K. Kavitha; law enforcement authorities like KPS Malhotra and Shalini Singh; social activists like Ranjana Kumari; actresses Raveena Tandon, Aditi Rao Hydari and Huma Qureshi; as well as Indian badminton stars PV Sindhu and Jwala Gutta.

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