As part of the ongoing safety work in eThekwini, Fixed was contracted by Soul City Institute to manage the implementation of a partnership project between eThekwini and Safetipin, a social organisation working with a wide range of urban stakeholders including governments to make public spaces safer and more inclusive for women. The project was multi-faceted with the use of technology to audit women’s experiences of safety and unsafety in public space at its heart.
Soul City Institute
Soul City Institute, Safetipin, Womanity Foundation, eThekwini Municipality
The project was initiated to mobilise the Safetipin app, a digital safety auditing tool, to understand the conditions of public spaces in eThekwini, to deliver a deeper understanding of women’s experiences of public space and to generate insight and recommendations on spatial interventions by the City to respond to experiences of unsafety by women. To support the audit and the subsequently recommended interventions, behaviour change and capacity building activities were also carried out, to shift the profile of women in public spaces, and to create a sense of agency amongst taxi drivers in ensuring the well-being of women.