Sexual and gender based violence is a global pandemic which affects 1 in 3 women on an average at least once in their lifetime (UN Women). In India, the number of cases seems to be higher. The National Crime Research Bureau statistics indicate that there is a rape somewhere in India every 15 minutes. Yet, the incidents are highly under-reported because of the shame and taboo associated with it. The survivor is fearful of bringing shame to herself and her family.
Red Dot Foundation has been crowd mapping sexual and gender based violence for the last eight years on their globally awarded reporting platform Safecity. The dataset is anonymous and crowdsourced. It has reports by location, time of day and day of week as well as categories of sexual violence. Through this virtual Data Challenge we will collaborate with 300 youth to collect, collate and analyse data and understand patterns and trends emerging that could either point to contributing factors of gender and sexual violence and discrimination, or identify correlated features that need to be challenged and then come up with innovative feminist solutions. We will train them to be effective bystanders and local actors of change where they will host local trainings for their community and recommend solutions to be implemented for a safer city or neighbourhood.