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Pinning stories towards a safer city

Safecity is an online platform created to map areas of sexual abuse - ranging from comments to physical abuse and rape. All it requires is to fill a simple form about the location where the abuse occurred and the category of abuse. This gets plotted on a map and in time will create “hotspots” or unsafe areas in a city. Check out -

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I found out about Safecity through a friend who is also a founder of this project. I believe a platform like this has great potential to identify unsafe areas, issues, stories towards helping build a safer city. This can possibly be extended to sharing success stories and encouraging people towards reporting issues of what they see, hear or experience.

How can we leverage a platform like this to empower women to share more and also get attention of organizations who can help towards issues/trends emerging from this platform?


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Thank you Arpitha for recommending Safecity.

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Hey ElsaMarie! Absolutely! I heard about Safecity from Saloni and is very relevant and inspiring to this challenge. Look forward to seeing ideas from you on this challenge!

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I like that although this initiative is web-based, it does not require community members to have a smartphone in order to use it. The fact that people can fill out a simple form (which I assume is in paper form) and then someone else uploads their information to the digital map, means that more people can participate, including those without smartphones. This kind of model that uses a designated community member to receive and sort input from the community is one that is broadly applicable. Thanks for sharing!

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Great inspiration and indeed the low-tech aspect makes it particularly interesting.
It can address some of the issues noted by Sean based on the field work done by the Amplify team:

I am also wondering if there could be a way to think of focusing on safe places too (per one of Sean's comments).

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Hi Anne, we are planning to layer our crowdmap with another feature which actually highlights Safe spots and those where there is community action on this issue.

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Safecity sounds like a really great start to identifying problem areas and building a network of women who are aware of their surroundings and are less hesitant to share their experiences.
I saw on the website that there was an on the ground campaign in Delhi, which I think is the right way to go with this sort of platform. Establishing or connecting to neighborhood watch committees in problem areas will organize and centralize the efforts and hopefully give more meaning to the reports than "areas to avoid."
I wonder if there is any way to connect to law enforcement or if there is a way to leverage available technology in the area to really get a clear picture of the issues in a given area.

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We're excited about learning from examples like this. A challenge that presents itself in the low income context which the Amplify Team have been visiting in Delhi + Nepal has been the low uptake of digital technology and smartphones. Will be interesting to think how we might take all the great inspiration of digital crime mapping posted to the challenge so far, to inspire solutions in our upcoming Ideas phase which will create wider impact. Exciting to think what folks will come up with...

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Though from reading Jamie's comments above – it seems like there's a way of participating without needing technology? Makes me wonder how information collected here is shared back with them.

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When looking at the categories, I feel like the amount of data is much more important than the specific categories here. In order to have the maximum amount of reports from all levels of income, could the information be collected via a text message or dialing a code on location perhaps? Then both the location and the time will be gathered automatically also.

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Hi Cansu, thank you for your valuable insights. In addition to our current forms of collecting data - website and volunteers on ground, we are planning to introduce SMS and voice based messaging as new channels of reporting. We are also redoing our website to highlight stories which should encourage women to break their silence.