React!: The platform to denounce violence against women in public spaces
Under the slogan “Share a story, planned violence,” an organization in Macedonia presented React! , a collective platform to denounce violence against women in public spaces in Skopje, the capital of that country. The site was created with the collaboration of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (also known as UN Women). The aim of React! is to generate data to create public policies to prevent such violence.
Through React! , users-mainly women-can anonymously share their stories and testimonies have been victims of domestic violence or observed an event of this nature. React! generates a map in which each record is related to a public space. The advantage that the information shared is anonymous is that hardly provides data that are collected by other methods. Sheltered under an unknown identity, the victim has more freedom to express their story and not feel marked by Bury.
The idea is fantastic. Imagine making a little Foursquare with tips on the places where we go, except that, in this platform, is used to generate a body to identify risky sites for women. The intention is that this information is used by the authorities to take action in these hot spots. Linking these data with a specific city allows government and civil society to work can be coordinated to prevent and combat crime.
Other outstanding issues of React! is that it is based on Ushahidi , an open-source platform that has been used for similar purposes. Ushahidi in Kenya emerged in 2008-in fact, the word means “testimony” in Swahili, and has been used for in situ reports via email or SMS, which are linked to a map. The platform has been used in countries such as Congo, South Africa, India, Haiti and Mexico, in the latter, has been used to monitor the midterm elections of 2009 and 2012 the federal through We All .
For now, the platform only works in Skopje, but it is an idea that could be implemented in virtually any city in the world. Violence against women is one of the most serious social problems of today, and the use of these social tools can help gather the information needed to implement policies to combat this evil. Moreover, it is based on Ushahidi makes a model that can be replicated without having legal obstacles. In Latin America we could really use something like that, who are encouraged?Tags: Gender Violence, Macedonia, React!, Ushahidi