Updated Jul 09, 2020

Safecity - a crowdmap for sexual and gender based violence

http://safecity.in

Elsamarie Dsilva

We encourage anonymous reporting of sexual and gender based violence. We use this information to educate and engage individuals, communities and government/police to prevent violence and make spaces safer and inclusive for all.

We are a Trip Advisor for sexual violence in public spaces. We have a mobile and web app where women and girls and other vulnerable groups can report sexual and gender based violence. This is an anonymous reporting tool which does not require a sign up. The primary data that is collected is - What happened (Category of harassment and details), where (location), what day and time, age and gen...
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We are a Trip Advisor for sexual violence in public spaces. We have a mobile and web app where women and girls and other vulnerable groups can report sexual and gender based violence. This is an anonymous reporting tool which does not require a sign up. The primary data that is collected is - What happened (Category of harassment and details), where (location), what day and time, age and gender. The user has the option to take a more detailed survey post the primary form which will have questions on cause and correlation like details of perpetrator, context of incident, spatial information and bystander reaction. One can access helplines, hospitals and police information on the app in an easy to use format. It will allow one to share a safety tip. It allows you to delete your report from the phone and/or the Safecity database. We are also building SOS functionality that is more useful than the SOS on native phones. The data is open sourced and can be used by people to improve their own situational awareness to better protect themselves, engage their communities to take action and make representations to institutions like campus administration, police, civic officials or transport authorities for safer spaces and better security. Through this we are helping build databases of incidents so that we can better understand the context in which violence happens and the contributing factors to the crime. We are also strengthening the ecosystem by encouraging people to report crime
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Stage 5: Scaling

We have several successful projects and are looking to scale in India and other countries. We have a mobile and web app for reporting and this can be used in any country to address sexual and gender based violence.

Focus Areas:

Gender-based Violence, Crowdsourcing and Open Source, Response Technologies and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Gender-based Violence, Crowdsourcing and Open Source, Response Technologies, Peace and Resilience and Good GovernanceSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Kenya, Nepal, Cameroon and 2 MoreSEE ALL

Kenya, Nepal, Cameroon, Trinidad and Tobago and MalaysiaSEE LESS

4
Key Partners
5
Countries Implemented In
700,000
Customers
10
Employees
$200,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Sexual violence is a global pandemic which holds women and girls back from achieving their potential. There is lack of data regarding this issue because of the culture of silence. This makes the issue invisible and further promotes unconscious bias and stereotypes.

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Solution

Safecity is a platform that crowdsources personal stories of sexual harassment and abuse in public spaces. This data which maybe anonymous, gets aggregated as hot spots on a map indicating trends at a local level. The idea is to make this data useful for individuals, local communities and local administration to identify factors that causes behaviour that leads to violence and work on strategies for solutions.

Target Beneficiaries

Our main target audience are women/girls who are victims of sexual harassment due to a patriarchal culture. We encourage them to share their stories, learn that they are not alone as "victims", feel empowered to stand up for themselves and confront the perpetrator.

We also work with men and boys and institutions helping them to be part of the solution.

Mission and Vision

Our main objective is to:

  • Create awareness on sexual harassment and abuse and get women and other disadvantaged communities to break their silence and report their personal experiences.
  • Collate this information to showcase location based trends.
  • Make this information available and useful for individuals, local communities and local administration to solve the problem at the local level.

Competitive Advantage

We are creating a new data set which currently does not exist. Perception of the police's insensitivity as well as cultural backlash deters people from reporting. They feel more comfortable using our platform and this is seen by reports from over 20 years ago.
By representing the information thus collected on a map as hotspots, we are moving the focus away from the "victim" to the location and people can view the issue with a different lens. Today we make choices for pretty much everything based on reviews - books, movies, restaurants, hotels but we have nothing for personal safety.

Usually NGOs focus on solving individual cases and other apps are SOS apps. But we work on historical experiences to identify future trends and patterns. With this information we work on neighbourhood solutions involving communities to drive them.


Planned Goals and Milestones

Working with - Local Governments to integrate Safecity in their Smart City dashboards - College Campuses to prevent sexual violence - Local NGOs to ensure safe neighbourhoods - Police for additional information on GBV - Transport officials for safer transport options - UN Bodies like UNHabitat, UN Women, UNDP
Funding Goal500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted500
New Implemented CountriesNigeria, Tanzania
Recruit1 Technologist, 1 Management, 2 Project team members

Milestone

Apr 2020
New Product Or Service
COVID19 related resources and Domestic Violence
Sep 2019
Key Partnership
 
as part of
 Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives
Aug 2019
Key Partnership
 
as part of
 RiseUp for Girls
May 2015
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
 
as part of
 Intercultural Innovation Award
Oct 2014
New Country Implemented In
Nepal
Oct 2014
New Country Implemented In
Kenya

Supporting Materials

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Safecity-Executive-Summary-Mar-2020-orientation-null.pdf
Safecity-app-presentation-July-2020-orientation-null.pdf