Visualising Women's Rights - mapping en VWR Participant Profile: Dima Alashram <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-79" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/vwr-participant-profile-dima-alashram"><img src="" alt="dima_photo.jpg" title="dima_photo.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="115" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dima attended the Visualising Women's Rights workshop in order to gain exposure to new techniques she might use in the creation of a communications strategy for her organisation in Jordan, <a href="" target="_blank">Ruwwad</a>, The Arab Foundation for Sustainable Development. She has been working as the Communication and Evaluation officer there for the last 3 months; having recently graduated with a postgrad degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development. Ruwwad is a local NGO that empowers youth and promotes civic engagement to empower marginalised communities. They work on various women's rights issues including: financial empowerment, right to education and right to expression.</p> <p>Dima was part of the mapping track which she says really thrived in, especially because her background in Management Information Systems helped her with the more technical aspects of the track. She developed many ideas for mapping projects while she was at the workshop. She says that most of the examples she has seen of maps being used for advocacy were what she referred to as “negative” examples showing problems such as sexual harassment, natural disasters, poverty and so forth. She is eager to create a mapping project that empowers and inspires women. “I'm now thinking of ways that we can create maps of neighbourhoods of active women who are creating home-based income generating projects and who are mobilising other women.” She describes a woman she knows through her work at Ruwwad, Ghadeer, who started her own recycling business in Amman and has been training other women to recycle in their homes and has now made enough money to offer a laptop as an incentive for the household which recycles the most. Dima says she would like to create a map of active women, identifying what they are doing and producing and where, in Jordan which she hopes would inspire other women to start their own projects.</p> <p>For now, Dima is already planning to implement the skills she has gained in mapping in Ruwwad's "Campaign for a Cleaner Jabal Al-Natheef", conducted by a group of Ruwwad beneficiaries and youth volunteers under the Global Change Makers program. The campaign simply aims aims to get the residents of Jabal Al-Natheef throwing away their waste in trash cans instead of on the street. She wants to use Google Earth to create a layered map of this area and pinpoint where new trash cans are placed and track residents' responses to the cans and use of them through statistical data, video interviews and photographs.</p> <p>A week after the workshop, Dima has already been considering another application for mapping. The Community Empowerment program at Ruwwad has established partnerships with multiple companies and nonprofits that conduct short videos and documentaries. Several women from Ruwwad's beneficiaries participated in those movies either by acting or producing. As a result, Um Muhammad, who acted in one of the movies, was invited to Spain to participate in a conference called "Letters Between Women" to discuss their movies and their roles in them. Dima would like to create maps that track the path of women like Um Muhammad and others who never left Amman, and show how such projects helped them travel and collaborate with other international women. Every point on the map would represent a woman with her picture, a brief story about her, and a trailer of the video that got her famous. Dima says she is now even thinking of pursuing an online diploma in GIS mapping.</p> </div> </div> </div> Jordan mapping recycling Ruwwad women's empowerment Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:02:31 +0000 faith 78 at Mapping: Open Street Maps in the Occupied Palestinian Territories <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-62" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/mapping-open-street-maps-occupied-palestinian-territories"><img src="" alt="Detail of Open Street Map for Gaza" title="Detail of Open Street Map for Gaza" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="96" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="">Open Street Maps</a> is a global project that maps cities around the world through the collective efforts of everyday people. Most geographical data and maps are created from data that is protected by copyright legislation and is expensive to use. Open Street Maps is free and constantly being edited and updated by the efforts of volunteers around the world.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">How it works:</span> Open Street Maps uses free and open source software, allowing volunteers using GPS (Global Positioning System - a global navigation satellite-based system that gives location information) to record and share information about the geographical layout of a city. Users can identify highly specific details about the features of a particular area - from constructed and built up areas (roads, waterways, rail-lines, housing, amenities etc) to natural and physical land features. This information is shared on open, editable maps where users can annotate their data. There is therefore a great degree of relevant and useable detail that an Open Street Map can convey. &nbsp;</p> <p>In 2009, Open Street Maps embarked on a <a href="">mapping project</a> for the Occupied Palestine Territories, aimed at developing a comprehensive map of the Gaza Strip to assist relief agencies and NGOs working on the ground. The project involved the creation of an 'asset register' where key public infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and mosques were recorded in terms of their location. Information about these territories was sourced from news agencies, geographers, mappers, volunteers, NGOs, aid agencies and bloggers</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&nbsp;Why we like it</span>: The geo-political and military conflict that has overshadowed Palestine for decades has resulted in it being cut off from the public eye. Locals too, themselves, often do not have access to information about their own country because its borders and land are so contested. Open Street Maps' Palestine project provides vital information about heavily militarised areas like the Gaza Strip to help aid agencies provide various kinds of support. Open Street Maps are also user-friendly and informative, giving users detailed information about their city. Equally, the OSM project allows Gaza, the West Bank and other parts of Palestine to take on character and identity of their own. Beyond check-points and blockades, beyond the news stories and political wrangling, the Palestine Open Street Maps allows local Palestinians, and the world online, to recognise and know these territories in such intimate detail, often for the very first time.</p> <p>Category: Visualisations about conflict in the Arab World</p> <p>Year:2009</p> <p>Source: <a href="" title=""></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Gaza Geographical mapping Open Street Maps Palestine Political WestBank Tue, 12 Oct 2010 06:22:51 +0000 maya 61 at HarassMap <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-35" style="width: 200px;"><a href="/content/harassmap"><img src="" alt="HarassMap.jpg" title="HarassMap.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="200" height="140" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The bustling, colourful streets of Cairo are infamous for being unsafe for women. According to the <a href="" target="_blank">Egyptian Centre for Women's Right</a>s, street based sexual harassment has become part of women's everyday lives and conversations. ECWR found that 83% of Egyptian women and 93% of foreign women reported being harassed by men on the streets; 62% of men admitted to harassing women. The organisation wanted to come up with a way for women to report on harassment anonymously, and at the same time collate data that would show how prevalent the problem is in Egypt across different strata of society. This is how they arrived at the idea of Harassmap.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;" lang="en-GB"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>How it works</strong></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;" lang="en-GB">Harassmap is a mapping and reporting tool that allows victims of sexual harassment incidents anonymously using a simple text message (SMS) from their mobile phone. The SMSes are received and reviewed by ECWR staff using the software, made for NGOs, <a href="" target="_blank">Frontline SMS</a>. These are then recorded on the Google map via the well known and increasingly used crowd-sourcing platform, <a href="" target="_blank">Ushahidi</a>. Women submit the location of the incident and the type of harassment by category: oggling, staring, touching, indecent exposure and so on. The aggregated data on the public map then allows anyone online to view the spread and types of incidents occurring on the streets of Cairo.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal;" lang="en-GB">(If you're interested in Ushahidi, check out their recently launched and more user friendly mapping platform; <a href="" target="_blank">Crowdmap</a>)</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;" lang="en-GB"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Why we like it</strong></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal;" lang="en-GB">Harassmap presents an exciting visual representation and advocacy tool to respond to street-based sexual harassment. It addresses the reality of shame and guilt women feel talking about violence by giving them the cover of anonymity as they report incidents. By reporting via their phones, women can still feel empowered and responsive to the situation. Harassmap also distinguishes between different forms of violence women face, making it possible to concretely name the range of male behaviours women find offensive.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal;" lang="en-GB">This data makes it possible to challenge myths that only women who are young, or who are dressed inappropriately or who are in a 'bad' part of the city face street harassment; it can reveal that in fact, many different kinds of women are targets for harassment simply because male harassers believe it is their right and that they can get away with it. Most of all the visual representation of this data exposes harassment as an undeniable social issue rather than a series of unrelated incidents which can be explained away. Such hard evidence of violence is an important step towards pushing for change on the ground and in the law.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal;" lang="en-GB">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;" lang="en-GB"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Type of Visualisation:</span>&nbsp;User-generated online map</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;"><span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">By:</span><a style="text-decoration: none; color: #998565;" href="">&nbsp;</a></span><span><a style="text-decoration: none; color: #998565;" href="">Egyptian Centre for Women's Rights</a>&nbsp;(ECWR), Cairo, Egypt</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;" lang="en-GB"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Year:</span>&nbsp;2009</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm;" lang="en-GB"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Source:</span>&nbsp;<a style="text-decoration: none; color: #998565;" href="" target="_blank">Harassmap blog</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm; font-weight: normal;" lang="en-GB"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span></p> </div> </div> </div> Egypt Frontline SMS Google maps mapping mobile reporting Ushahidi visualisation women's rights Thu, 19 Aug 2010 10:53:41 +0000 faith 5 at The blog: what, why, who? <div class="field field-type-text field-field-content"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This blog is about visualising information; it looks at how techniques like information design, mapping, animation and illustration can be used to express social and political issues and push for change. More specifically, we'll be blogging about the way that visual techniques are used, and could be used in the future, by women's rights advocates and NGOs in the Arab World to represent their information and to inform and mobilise others.</p> <p>The blog forms a backdrop for “<a href="content/about-project" target="_self">Visualising Women's Rights in the Arab World</a>,” an initiative to strengthen the use of such visual techniques by women's rights advocates in the Arab world, and to build a network of women with these skills.</p> <p>This project has a specific mandate to partner with women's rights advocates working on issues of violence against women, the impact and role of women in political and violent conflict and women's participation and leadership in public life - with a specific focus on Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon.</p> <p>For this reason, we'll blog on four distinct areas of visualisation; finding out what is already out there, while also inspiring discussion and creating a foundation for future innovation and creativity. The four categories of focus are:</p> <ol> <li>The visualisation of women's rights and the representation of women in the Arab World</li> <li>How visualisation is used in the Arab World to show social and political issues</li> <li>The visualisation of conflict in the Arab World (from the region and externally)</li> <li>The visualisation of women's rights worldwide</li> </ol> <p>Over the coming months we will be posting a lot of examples that fall into the above four categories, as well as some comment from advocates, designers, filmmakers and artists in the region.</p> <p>We're well aware that we can't keep track of everything out there and we're always on the lookout for more examples, so if you know of any (on or offline) and you think they would fit please email us on <a href=""></a> and we'll try to include them in this collection.</p> <p>Lastly you might want to know who is writing all of this if you haven't figured it out already?Members of Tactical Tech (you can read more about us in the <a href="content/tactical-tech" target="_self">About Tactical Tech page</a> or go straight to our<a href="" target="_blank"> website</a>).&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> animation Arab World illustration information design mapping visualisation women's rights Sun, 01 Aug 2010 14:27:14 +0000 faith 27 at