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Need your feedback: OpenIDEO Women’s Safety Challenge

Hi Everyone,

I am excited to be contributing to the OpenIDEO challenge which asks "How might we make low-income urban areas safer and more empowering for women and girls?"

Safety is a basic human right. But for the millions of women and girls living in low-income urban communities across the world, personal safety can be difficult to achieve – giving way to gender-based violence, social isolation or a lack of basic social services. I would LOVE to get your ideas and feedback so that the OpenIDEO community can collectively design solutions that enable women to feel safe and empowered.

You can help us by answering some or all ;-) of the questions below:

• What is your neighbourhood like? What are the main meeting places? How often do community members interact with each other?
• What medium of transportation do you use to get around?
• Are people in your community from different backgrounds? What characteristics are common to many people there?
• Would you say that you feel safe in your neighbourhood? Why or why not?
• What are some of the visual cues you look for in a new place that help you know whether or not you’re in a safe environment?
• Tell me about a time when you went somewhere despite feeling unsafe. What was it like? How did you cope?
• Who do you ask for help when you are having trouble?
• If you were going to design a safe space in a community, what features would you think are necessary?
• What safety measures exist in your community that would be good to replicate elsewhere?
• What safety hazards do you see in your community that affect men more than women?

If you are interested in the challenge, head to the community page here where you will see some of the ideas and thoughts being gathered in this research phase of the challenge.

Thank you so much for reading and for your input on this important and vital issue. I'll keep you posted as the challenge progresses.


Due to the private and sensitive nature of some of this information, feel free to send me a private message with your responses. Many thanks.

Update: A HUGE thanks to those who provided me with feedback. Thanks to you we have first-hand accounts from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya, Afghanistan, and Iraq. I am so appreciative of the time you took to assist the OpenIDEO team, and the thoughtful responses and suggestions you provided. You are my inspiration every day. Thank you again.



kirthijay's picture


Hi there!
Great to hear about your challenge! Would you like to perhaps create a form online using google docs or survey monkey so respondents can fill it in with privacy?

JaniceW's picture

Great idea!

Thanks for the insightful suggestion. I'll look into that but meanwhile members can send their responses as a private message to me. Best,

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