Crowdsourced data, as the name suggests, is data pulled through the cooperation and support of the public, without revealing the information of the person sharing the story or incidence. Safe City is a platform that provide technological support to its partners who work towards collecting data from the survivors of sexual or gender-based violence.
Different techniques are used to encourage people in coming forward and sharing their stories. One example is the use of ‘talking boxes’. Boxes are placed in schools, where children are free to write and drop a note or letter in the box. The data from these talking boxes is entered into Sahas, which is an app for the purpose of recording such information. This information is analysed and knowledgeable people from the local community in question are consulted about the issue in question, especially to see if it’s a growing problem or just a one-off case.
In a recent issue logged by a girl, she complained about not wanting to go to school because there would be boys on the way who would put her against the wall and feel her body. The case was studied by a woman representative of an NGO who was familiar to that school’s district. The woman spoke to the local mosque’s imam/leader and requested his help in dealing with these boys. After the Imam had a conversation with the boys and explained to them how wrong it was in their religion, the boys stopped doing that. This incident proved how technology enabled to reduce sexual harassment. But it also proved the need to engage men and boys in talks about gender-based violence.
Recently Harvey Davidson organized a bike tour of male corporate leaders in South Africa, where these senior leaders went around the community and talked about the issue of gender-based violence.
Today there is no other data set like this in India, where many rape cases have taken global attention. World Bank is interested in using this data for its future projects in India.