Safecity aims to make cities safer by encouraging equal access to public spaces for everyone especially women, through the use of crowdsourced data, community engagement and institutional accountability.
1 in 3 women around the world experience some form of sexual violence at least once in their lifetime, yet 80% of them choose not to talk about it because of socio cultural factors, shame and fear. This results in underreporting of the issue and official statistics do not reflect the true nature and size of the problem. At Safecity we aim to make this problem visible by encouraging anonymous reporting of personal experiences of sexual violence and showing the trends on a map to find solutions.
It is a new way of looking at the problem and by making the data publicly available we are helping individuals make better choices for their safety by improving their situational awareness, helping communities use the dataset to push for local change and driving institutional accountability amongst service providers like police, municipal authorities, transportation authorities, etc.
We are encouraging women and girls to share their personal stories anonymously where today there is no place for them to do so. This dataset goes to the police in cities where we have a ground presence but also the data is available for individuals to make better choices for their own safety through peer information.