My Story- Teen in Southern USA
I live in what I consider a safe environment. I live in a suburb outside a fairly large city: Fort Worth, Texas (Population about 778k). I'm 15 so the travelling in my city is fairly limited to school and back. But going downtown with friends, specifically females, can be daunting. I find myself looking over my shoulder, quickening pace, and carrying mace at age 12. This isn't because I live or travel in a particularly dangerous area, but rather because we as women have been taught to be responsible for our own safety. For women everywhere right now I feel a travel at your own risk attitude that isn't there for men particularly. I've never experienced violence or a threatening situation personally, but my community of women still fears.
This research is important to me as a women and as a person. Safety is a human right, and anything we can do to help women thrive is in the best interest of mankind. I'm working primarily from a course at Stanford Online, International Women's Health and Human Rights with the course text From Outrage to Courage by Anne Firth Murray. The challenge in this Open Ideo for me is empathy- I don't know who I would turn to for an interview about a low income area. But I hope I can broaden my perspective and put forth a solution fit for the women who need it the most.
This is the centre of the city I live in.
Skyline of Fort Worth, TX.
Event in the city square