Strategies to End #VAW

In the UK, the Women’s Equality Party is reclaiming London streets for women via technology.

As Zontians, it is important to see how other groups are advocating for women and girls in new ways. The Women’s Equality Party in the United Kingdom is asking women in London to pinpoint the locations of sexual violence on an online map. The #WEcount campaign is creating this map to give a visual representation of the issue and to show how common the problem is in their community. Through use of the existing technology in Google Maps, this campaign also lets survivors know that they are not alone. Caitlin Ryan, executive chief director of Cheil London, says, “we wanted women to feel empowered to make their own mark on a map of London as way of reclaiming the streets.”

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