Safecity

Sexual violence is a pandemic that UN Women says affects 1 in 3 women around the world at least once in their lifetime. Yet 80% of women choose not to report officially. This under reporting of the issue leads to the official statistics not being representative. Safecity provides a platform for women & girls to report their experience anonymously, allow them to read other's experiences thus giving them courage to break their silence and making this data accessible so that stakeholders can take action

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We are fully launched in India and are scaling our work across Delhi and Mumbai, one neighbourhood at a time. We are now adding a new city Pune to our portfolio and we also hope to expand to other countries. Kenya, Nepal and Cameroon are on and we are now expanding to Nigeria, Australia, Malaysia and Liberia over the next few months. We are measuring - Increased awareness of the issue of sexual harassment and the legislation - Increased willingness to report the experience - Increased willingness to take action to stop VAW We do it through feedback forms, interviews, focus group discussions and documenting our campaigns.

How does your innovation work?

Safecity consists of several ways to report, anonymously if they wish to. Webapp - a simple reporting form that requires one to fill what happened, where and time/date. One can read all the reports already submitted and improve one's situational awareness to make better choices for one's personal safety. One can also download this information to influence one's community to take action or drive institutional accountability. One can sign up for alerts based on location and/or category of harassment. For those with no internet access, they can give a missed call in India. We call them back for their story. We share the information thus received: - On our website for the public. It is anonymous and personal details are protected. - Share monthly trend reports with police in Delhi, Mumbai and Goa - Partner with local NGOs to mobilise communities to take action and drive institutional accountability. - Use the insights to raise awareness of the issue and trends through workshops and campaigns both online and offline. Our long term vision is 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.

Next Steps

We need partners on the ground who can adopt the methodology. We also need government support to drive it top down as reporting of the issue continues to be a challenge.

Short term

  • Refine our tech platform and processes.
  • Create open source toolkits so that replication is easy

Medium term

  • Add new partners - NGOs, educational institutions and Goverment/Police

Long term 

  • Be able to drive policy decisions at the government level through our established on the ground work.

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