Free to Be is a crowd-mapping tool that was developed in collaboration with CrowdSpot, Monash University’s XYX Lab and, crucially, young women.
Girls and young women have been speaking out about street harassment for years, but the evidence base needed to help decision-makers understand and respond to the issue has been lacking.
Following a pilot in Melbourne in 2016, we rolled out an improved version to five cities across five continents.
In 2018, Free to Be enabled young women in Sydney, Delhi, Kampala, Lima and Madrid to identify and share public spaces that make them feel uneasy and scared, or happy and safe. It has empowered young women in these cities to call out unsafe experiences and geographically identify spaces where change needs to occur.