According to UN Women, 1 in 3 women worldwide face some kind of sexual assault at least once in their life. We know these statistics are grossly underreported, such as in India, where it's estimated that a rape occurs every 20 minutes. Most women & girls stay silent about assaults for myriad reasons: societal constraints, victim blaming, fear of police, insensitive health workers, etc. As a result, critical data is not captured, perpetrators are emboldened, and women continue to be victimised.
Safecity bridges the data gap that exists due to underreporting of sexual violence, through anonymous crowdsourced reports of sexual violence. The collated data identifies location-based trends, visualizes hotspots, is available in the public domain for use by individuals and communities for safety and mobilization, and can be used to hold institutional providers, i.e. police, health care providers, and municipal authorities, accountable. The toolkits will be useful in explaining Safecity model
Women and girls will be more confident in reporting sexual violence. They will have a better understanding of the range of abuse and their legal rights. Having more data in the public domain will help us begin a dialogue with service providers, foster accountability of these providers, and through this, increase the confidence of women and girls in accessing public spaces. We believe we'll reach 300 women and girls through this project and we will equip 10 partner organizations with these tools
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).