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Currently, particularly during commuting hours, many urban neighborhoods worldwide are unsafe for women and girls to move through as they lack safe spaces and support networks within these neighborhoods. By creating a platform (both in digital and an

Currently, particularly during commuting hours, many urban neighborhoods worldwide are unsafe for women and girls to move through as they lack safe spaces and support networks within these neighborhoods. By creating a platform (both in digital and an

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Ivy commented on "Days without an incident..."

Hi Michael,

This reminds me of the ManUp! solution to gun violence in Brooklyn - in which a sign in the neighborhood displayed the number of consecutive days without shootings. See more from their model in the 2013 NYT article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/nyregion/no-shootings-or-killings-for-363-days-but-the-fight-is-far-from-over.html

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I love this idea, Julian! So vibrant!

I agree that this should be led by local artists and also believe that the murals would best be supported by volunteers in the community where they will be created. Because murals are so large and often created for the communities in which they stand, many times volunteer painters from the direct community are needed to realize them. (I have worked as a volunteer painter for murals myself.) Vik Muniz is an acclaimed artist who works specifically to empower low income communities around the world by creating large installation art projects with their help - you can see a wonderful documentary on Muniz's work in /Wasteland/ (trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNlwh8vT2NU). Perhaps this will help feed your inspiration!

Precita Eyes, an arts nonprofit in San Francisco (website here: http://www.precitaeyes.org/), may also provide some great models for how to realize mural projects for, with, and by the community. In some cases murals can be co-designed by many individuals and helped realized by artists. In other cases murals can be designed by one or more artists and then painted by a group of volunteers as overseen by the artist lead....

I agree with you & Tomo that there is a lot of potential here to create meaning and impact throughout the whole process and that it is important to include both genders. With that said, there is also some great potential to really promote local female artists and aspiring artists in the mural designs and directions. Just imagine being able to see your aspirations and hopes painted on the city walls of your community - that sends a real message, both to viewers and to artists.

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Ivy commented on Safe Woman System

Hi Luiz,

I like that you are thinking about an alarm system at the street level, about ways to help distressed women who may not have access to cell phones themselves, and about creating a community or system of support (via the police or people next to the street light). I also agree that creating noise and shedding light on a dangerous situation is good.

However, I am curious about how accessible the lamppost kit would be. I imagine that security could be an issue for the kit itself, especially if it contains a cell phone. How could one ensure that the kit wouldn't be stolen? Or even set off as a prank? How could one be likewise sure that women would know how to locate a kit and use it while also keeping those who mean harm from obstructing the kit's use?

Might there be a way to design this type of urban alarm system that might have less ways of being subverted?