The City of Casey has partnered with Monash University’s XYX Lab and digital consultancy CrowdSpot to launch a new safety mapping tool which will help women and gender diverse people feel safe and supported in the community.
The new online interactive map titled ‘YourGround’, will allow women and gender diverse people in Casey who are 18 years and older to share their perceptions of safety regarding Casey’s streets, parks, trails and recreational spaces.
The map will crowdsource the data, allowing users to anonymously drop a pin, tell a story or share an experience while out and about in the community. The data will then provide the Council with insights regarding how it can make Casey’s public spaces more inclusive and equitable.
A 2019 Community Council for Australia report notes that 80 per cent of Australian men feel safe while walking alone at night, while only 50 per cent of women say the same, demonstrating that movement and access is restricted for women and gender diverse people.
The City of Casey is committed to creating a safer community for all, while acknowledging that women and gender diverse groups are statistically the most vulnerable.
City of Casey Chair of Administrators, Noelene Duff PSM, encourages all people in Casey to share their experiences and help shape a safer and more inclusive community for current and future generations.
“Council is committed to creating inclusive spaces for all and YourGround is a proactive tool to help us make positive change in our shared public spaces, especially for women and gender-diverse people,” Ms Duff said.
“All experiences provide a valuable insight into what we can do to improve safety and inclusivity in our community.”
The City of Casey is one of the 20 Victorian Councils who has partnered on the YourGround project to address these barriers and make Victoria a safer and more inclusive space.
The City of Casey’s commitment to gender equality and the prevention of family violence is demonstrated through Council’s Family Violence Prevention Strategy 2018-2021 and Gender Equality Action Plan 2018-2021.
The Council also recently formed Gender Equality Task Force also assists to ensure that Casey’s policies, programs and services address the barriers to gender equality, and ensure equal representation.
To find out more visit the YourGround website.