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Women crowdsource empowerment using technology

By WITW Staff on February 6, 2016

Given the universal problems with institutional databases for women’s rights issues, women are increasingly employing technology to both record instances of violation and fight for empowerment. By offering them the choice of anonymity, technology makes women feel safe in their response to cases of violence, harassment or abuse.

A screen grab from shows the number of reports of sexual violence.
A screen grab from shows the number of reports of sexual violence.

In Cairo and Syria, an open source crowdsourcing project, HarassMap, allows women to identify areas where they have encountered street harassment or sexual violence. Women Under Siege’s Syrian project emphasizes mapping these areas to ensure that women feel secure. Ready to Report — supported by Indian women’s publication The Ladies Finger and created by Amnesty International — is focused on countering victim-shaming of survivors of sexual violence during the complaint-filing process with the police. Another initiative in India, Gynaecologists We Trust, aims to help pregnant women identify trustworthy doctors. This project is centered around a Google Doc list to which patients add the names of those gynaecologists with whom they have had a satisfactory experience. Take Back the Tech seeks to end online violence against women by creating a forum for women to document their experiences.

Read the full story at The Guardian.