Crowd-sourced sexual harassment map for Egypt
Widely available web 2.0 tools for creating digital online maps have opened up the realm of mapmaking to a very broad spectrum of individuals. The crowd-sourcing of information to place in geographic context has also become an important way by which information that is often difficult to gather can be collected and shared.
An example of such an undertaking is HarassMap. This map is the work of a group of activists, researchers and volunteer contributors who are using crowdsourcing techniques to map and document incidents of sexual harassment and gender-based violence in Egypt. The map uses colour coding to distinguish between various types of harassment. It allows anyone with a smartphone, email or internet connection to report incidents that can be plotted on the map. The reports, which are anonymous, provide descriptions of each incident. The website offers English, French and Arabic versions, although the reports are published in the language used by the individual making the report. Stated goals of the map are to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment in Egypt, provide a reporting system, and to “revitalize the public movement”.