A partnership between
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations & BMW Group

2016

Safecity

India

Safecity aims to make public spaces safer and equally accessible to all, especially women and girls, through crowdsourced data, community engagement and institutional accountability. By documenting experiences of gender-based violence, Safecity is providing a voice to women and girls whilst bringing this issue into the public domain thus forcing collective action.

About the Project

Safecity aims to make public spaces safer and equally accessible to all, especially women and girls, through crowdsourced data, community engagement and institutional accountability.

Started in India during December 2012, Safecity has encouraged women and girls to document their experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces. This data, which may be collected anonymously, is collated as location based trends and visualized on a map as hotspots. These general trends can be used by individuals to make better informed decisions about their safety, communities to demand better services from institutional providers regarding their safety and police for smarter vigilance.

To date, Safecity has over 8,500 personal stories from India, Nepal, Kenya and Cameroon making it the largest crowd map on this topic.

The team at Safecity believes that violence against women is a societal issue and that by documenting these experiences, one is providing a voice to women and girls whilst bringing this issue into the public domain thus forcing collective action. For women and girls to fully participate in society it is important that they are safe and are able to access and navigate public spaces freely.

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