RICHMOND SENTINEL- BOLT Safety Society launches Project Lyghtnyng

Hannah Scott, The Richmond Sentinel

2022/10/28

BOLT Safety Society has launched Project Lyghtnyng to promote safety in local communities.

Youth-founded non-profit BOLT Safety Society, based in Richmond, is starting a new project to promote safety in local communities.

Project Lyghtnyng provides a series of educational workshops aimed at decreasing violence and abuse. The workshops will inform a culture of consent, promote inclusion by flipping victim-blaming narratives, increase access to resources, and foster allyship. Workshops are customizable based on the audience demographics and needs.

“BOLT Safety is a tech startup meets non-profit, whereby we centralize a database of survivor-centric resources and on-the-ground programming onto our digital platform, available through a mobile app or any web browser,” says executive director Vedanshi Vala.

The Project Lyghtnyng 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. This means that every 11 minutes, one woman or girl was killed,” says Shreyanshi Vala, operations director of BOLT Safety Society and manager of Project Lyghtnyng.

A BOLT Safety Society news release indicates that, according to UN Women, one in three women globally have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes. Nationally, intimate partner violence is the most common kind of violence women experience, according to B.C. government statistics.

The BOLT Safety Society team is aiming to provide more education on topics pertaining to personal safety and well-being, fostering cultures of consent, and awareness about available support systems and resources.

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. For more information or to book a workshop, visit boltsafety.org/workshops