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Project, HarassMap

This is a Project. It was designed by Rebecca Chiao, Sawsan Gad and Engy Ghozlan and collaborator: Additional designers and volunteers in Egypt. It is dated 2010-ongoing. It is a part of the department.

Canada, Egypt, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey

After experiencing daily sexual harassment on Egypt’s streets, four women designed an online crowd- mapped anonymous reporting system, HarassMap. Anyone can share an incident—via text message, online, email, and social media—noting the location, date and time, giving either a personal or witness account, and telling whether an intervention occurred. The posts are then geotagged and aggregated to reveal harassment hotspots on a digital map. The anonymity of the reporting platform has eased the burden of a topic that can be taboo, and the posts provide clear evidence to instigate social and policy changes that can lead to more secure and safe public spaces for all.

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