There’s an app for that

Safecity app launched with aim to make Delhi safer for ladies

Since the wall near an abuse hotspot in Delhi was painted last December, fewer women are harassed there. Safecity/Facebook

Women’s safety in India has gained much more international attention after the tragic gang rape of Jyoti Singh in New Delhi in 2012. Elsa D’Silva realized, from that point on, that she too has faced many incidents of sexual harassment and violence in public urban spaces. D’Silva was inspired to create an app called Safecity, which allows women to share stories of public harassment and abuse, after meeting the founders of HarassMap in Sweden. HarassMap, too, is a project that uses online and mobile technology to identify sexual harassment and assault in Egypt. D’Silva hopes to use Safecity to identify hotspots of harassment and work with local partners to address it. In this way, D’Silva says, data can be used to “hold institutions accountable.” The efforts of D’Silva and Kalpana Viswanath, founder of Safetipin, have its roots in traditional safety audits conducted in places like London and Toronto. D’Silva hopes that Safecity helps improve cities by rating them based on personal safety. In this way, people can take control of public space and make the necessary changes happen.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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