Harassmap.org is a website that actually depicts various harassment incidents that are reported by women via an SMS, email or twitter on a map. The website uses Geographical Information System (GIS) and Social Networks to map and analyze various forms of human activity.
The website started as a project in 2010 in Egypt for reporting incidences of sexual harassment via SMS and today has become a medium for women to anonymously report incidences as soon as they happen, using a simple text message from their mobile phone.
What is the website trying to achieve? By mapping these reports online, the entire system will act as a prevention and response tool, highlighting the severity and pervasiveness of the problem.
The project is led by American-born Rebecca Chiao and a team of activists and volunteers trying to fight the sexual harassment issue in Egypt.
The website gives tips on how to handle a situation in public and private areas, as well as how to submit a police report for sexual harassment.
Women can report an incident by
By sending a message to a number – 6069
By sending an email to email@example.com
By sending a tweet with the hashtag/s #harassmap
By filling a form
These reports are then collected and reported on a map. Reports can be in the form of a document, photo, video or some official news.
The website uses Ushahidi platform as a tool to easily crowdsource information. The website recently won award for the Best Use of Technology for Social Good category in the Best of the Blogs award ceremony organized by German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
A similar website is running in India on the Ushahidi platform since 2011, reporting harassment issues against women – http://www.maps4aid.com/