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KANNY Taxi Services has volunteered to collect data on safety in public space at night to support UN Women and NCDC in addressing safety of women and girls in Port Moresby.

Under the UN Women Safe Public Transport Project, ‘SafetiPin’, a social enterprise based in India, has been engaged to build capacity of local authorities to use smart phone solutions in making Port Moresby safe for women and others. The program is funded through the Australian Government.

UN Women has trained five Kanny Taxi drivers on the importance of women’s safety in public places and how to use SafetiPin Nite application to collect data during the night. This is an application on a phone camera that is attached to a car windscreen to capture night -time images.

There are five Kanny Taxi’s currently driving around, capturing thousands of images of the actual conditions of the streets of Port Moresby at night. These images will then be analysed by NCDC GIS division with support from SafetiPin using the nine parametres for a safety audit which includes whether or not there is street lighting, openness of line of sight, visibility (how many windows and entrances overlook a point), number of people on the street, presence of security, the condition of the footpath, the proximity of public transport, balance of usage by women and men, and the feeling of security or safety.

The data collected will then inform the development of a Safety Map of Port Moresby to assist NCDC and other urban partners in making Port Moresby safer and more inclusive for women and everyone.

The UN Women country representative Susan Ferguson commended the support of key partners in working together for a safer Port Moresby.

“If women can’t move around safely, they can’t earn a living. We thank our partners, NCDC, Kanny Taxis, YWCA, Ginigoada and the Australian Government for this important contribution to making our city safer for women and girls,” she said.

UN Women is committed to promoting safety of women and girls and ending harassment in public spaces.

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