RICHMOND NEWS- Women's safety organization wants to flip victim-blaming narratives

Alan Campbell, Richmond News

2022/10/28

BOLT’s student-led team is hosting a series of educational workshops aimed at decreasing violence and abuse and increasing access to resources

A youth-led non-profit – founded to end violence against women and increase their safety – has launched a new program aimed at promoting a culture of consent and inclusion by flipping victim-blaming narratives.

The BOLT Safety Society, founded by Richmond’s Vedanshi Vala, has kicked off Project Lyghtnyng to increase safety for women in the local community.

BOLT’s student-led team is hosting a series of educational workshops aimed at decreasing violence and abuse and increasing access to resources and “fostering allyship.”

Project LyghtNyng’s workshops will be on a variety of topics and will be customizable by the audience demographic.

The project launch last week was attended by educators, representatives from other non-profits and community members.

“According to the UN, in 2021, 81,000 women and girls were killed,” said Shreyanshi, operations director of the BOLT Safety Society and Project LyghtNyng manager.

“This means that every 11 minutes, 1 woman or girl was killed.”

While still in its early stages, Project LyghtNyng has already delivered workshops in two countries, to seven organizations, and to over 150 participants.

Any organization, institution, or company can book a workshop.

Those interested in bringing a safety educational workshop to their place of work or schooling can visit boltsafety.org/workshops to learn more and book a workshop.