WHAT IS SAFETIPIN?

Safetipin is a social organisation working with a wide range of urban stakeholders including governments to make public spaces safer and more inclusive for women. We collect data using our 3 mobile phone applications (My Safetipin, which is available on the app store and play store; Safetipin Nite and Safetipin Site) and present this to relevant stakeholders with recommendations. We also generate a safety score based on the data we collect and provide it in the My Safetipin app for users to make safe and informed decisions about their mobility.

OUR VISION

Become the acknowledged provider of data for safe mobility

ORIGINS

At Safetipin, we believe that cities must be made safer and more inclusive for women and everyone. Safetipin is a tool that works to enable cities to become safer through collection of data through crowdsourcing and other methods. The Safety Audit, that forms the core of Safetipin, assesses different parameters linked to safer and more inclusive public spaces. We were fortunate to have an exceptional advisory board that provided us with comments, experience and ideas to make the Safety Audit rubric a strong and precise tool. We also believe that quantification will help in creating more safety. Having a score for an area provides a simple way to measure improvements.

CHOICE OF NAME

So why Safetipin? A few reasons.

1. The most obvious is that the Safetipin mobile safety app shows a safety audit score as a “pin” on a map. Since the score is essentially a “safety” score, it is a Safetipin.

2. In India, women have traditionally used the safety pin as a defence against street harassment, stalking harassment and bullying etc., especially in crowded public places. A jab in the flesh with a safety pin is often an effective deterrent to the roving hand.

3. The safety pin is a symbol of something that holds fabric together – stops it from coming apart. Our hope is that our Safetipin plays that role – brings together the fabric of our society.

WHAT WE DO

Safetipin provides information about factors that promote safety for women and other groups, to citizens at large and important urban stakeholders. We give data for safety, inclusivity and mobility based on physical and social infrastructure.

Users can do a Safety Audit to provide a better understanding of their city and add comments too. They can report problems such as poor/no lighting, broken/blocked footpath, open wiring etc. While travelling, they can view Safety Audits to view safe and unsafe locations, and plan their routes accordingly.

Government Service Providers: We provide information to public service providers with access to information from the data collected such as non-functioning streetlights, broken or unpaved walkpaths, poor accessiblity to public transport and unsafe areas, to help them improve the safety of the area.

NGO’s: The My Safetipin mobile safety app can be used as a tool by NGO’s and others working at the grassroots level in lower income areas for advocacy and more detail to address the issues of safety.

Corporations: Companies can use Safetipin to extend safety outside the workplace, by providing information and  recommendations to employees on transport, places to stay and even planning routes based on employee locations with the help of our GIS service. Further employees can use the Tracking feature in our app to let others know of their location and possible dangers.

Portals: The Safety Score of places and neighborhoods could be made available to travel or property portals to give users information about the level of safety in and around the areas of the property.