HarassMap is an award winning volunteer-based initiative founded in late 2010. The HarassMap team and their projects aim to engage all of Egyptian society to create an environment that does not tolerate sexual harassment.
They brought crowdsourced data from their online mapping tool to the workshop. The DATA4CHAN.GE HarassMap team worked tirelessly to create a swathe of product concepts for them to take home to Cairo, including a reimagined reporting tool, and a simple yet effective prototype for a data visualisation using the common threads from narrative experiences submitted to the platform.
Enas and Alia from HarassMap were joined by Peter Crnokrak, Vaishnavi Ramakrishnan, Mirna Noaman, Friedrich Lindenberg, and Ismail Moneer for the five-day intensive. The team quickly settled on a strong concept. To give new power to the phrase "What were they doing there?", a common phrase used to 'victim blame' those who have experienced incidences of harassment.
The HarassMap team deconstructed the narratives submitted by Egyptians who had been sexually harassed in Cairo. The stories provide an answer to this question (waiting for a bus, shopping, going to meet a friend), linking places, incidences, and responses, via common threads in the data.
The HarassMap team had a lot of information to process, and worked across a few concepts during the workshop. They explored categorising different experiences, making the reporting process more efficient, and revising the structure of database to be more machine-readable.
There was a lot of information to bring into one screen, but the map and timeline helped declutter the layers of information. A dynamic timeline-based map (web users manipulate the slider to view incidents across time) serves as an archive of events across the city, helping residents make decisions about which path may be safest to take, or which areas have become harassment hotspots. A concept for a 'quick-pin' reporting tool was also built on top of this map.
99.3% of Egyptian women report being harassed. The HarassMap team's concept was designed around encouraging users to share their experiences, and react to those already shared. This screen shows how users can respond/support those brave enough to share their experiences, and also invites the user to contribute at a time they may feel more encouraged and supported to do so.