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This interactive tool is putting Canberra women’s safety at the forefront

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In 2021, Australia experienced its own #metoo movement.

Grace Tame. Brittany Higgins. Chanel Contos. These three women are just some of the people who stood up to speak about gender-based violence in Australia and now an interactive tool created by independent think tank Women’s Health Matters is putting the safety of Canberra women at the forefront of their agenda.  

The Canberra Safety Map is a tool that allows women to note unsafe and safe areas around the Canberra region, with the option to add an anonymous comment of their personal experience in those areas. 

By allowing women to mark ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ spots and note the issues of the area,  the map was created to help understand what elements contribute to women feeling safe in public spaces.

Currently using the map to help inform the ACT Government’s Woden Town Centre redevelopment, Women’s Health Matters is inviting all women who may visit or live in the Woden region to contribute and help in the development of the project.

As a part of the project, the Woden Town Centre redevelopment plan includes a new CIT campus and public transport interchange, aiming to create new public places and green spaces to enliven the area. 

By understanding public safety through a gendered lens and consulting with local women about large urban design projects, organisations like Women’s Health Matters can put these views forward to the Government to make real change. 

Because for me #metoo to end, we need to move beyond the hashtag and make public spaces safe for everyone. 

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