Design challenge

What is the problem you are addressing with your project?

Do girls and young women feel safe in their universities? Have they already had to experience sexual harassment, discrimination, or violence? In order to find out and address the needs of vulnerable youth. Youth organisations wants to find out how (un)safe girls and young women feel in Turkey universities. Our goal is to strengthen youth organizations to be more inclusive (all universities in Turkey) and effective. Interactive map users (young women and girls) can share their positive and negative experiences in Turkey universities on the our map. Our interactive map will be used; 1. to collect experiences of girls and women that they have had in their university 2. to provide young women and girls can be better informed about judicial processes. 3. to be an impetus for positive change in the universities with youth organisations. 4. to strengthen youth organizations to be more collaborative and included in the strategy development processes. 5. to ensure that disadvantaged youth’s voices are heard and that the problems become visible.

Sexual violence is a significant issue that impacts many people, with college and university students being particularly at risk. Recent national attention to sexual violence on Turkey campuses presents an opportunity to act to address this problem. While the state of the evidence about what works to prevent sexual violence is still developing, this web application is is designed to ensure that young woman's and girl's voices are heard and that the problems become visible.

NGOs (youth, child, woman organisations), universities and public institutions can use this web application to help shape their prevention planning, program development, and related efforts toward sexual violence prevention on college or university campuses in their areas. Ultimately, applying the data of this web application toward the foundational development of prevention plans will lead to the important development, collaborations, implementation, and evaluation of sexual violence prevention efforts for colleges and universities, which will be a much-needed contribution to the field.

Target audience

Who are your users? Elaborate.

Our interactive map’s users are young woman and girls (our project focus on female users without excluding all other genders), NGOs (especially child, youth, woman organisations and emergency shelters). Our project’s target audience are disadvantaged youth, NGOs, key decision-makers (politicians, public and judicial bodies, universities, municipalities, …) and media. (to form public union) University Units (for example Ankara University Support Unit Against Sexual Harassment), NGOs (ÇAÇAv Youth Network), Student Clubs

Action plan, resources you have & need

How could you realize your project? Add a draft time plan. What are the resources you have and need? How can such an interactive map be realized?

Our interactive map, web application have to meet the following requirements:

Easy to use on all devices without any entry hurdle Possibility for immediate editing of the entries before publication Anonymous entries, data security without storing any personal data Focus on female users without excluding all other genders We will create a web application with a lean, editorial backend and an intuitive frontend. Interactive map and an easy-to-understand user interface, it is particularly easy for users to share their experiences both on desktop. Cloud setup makes it possible for the NGO’s editorial team to check incoming contributions immediately and publish them on the map. Disadvantaged youth are being involved in the development of the web application to ensure that its functionality is directly tailored to the needs of the users so they can represent themselves in youth organizations Web application should load quickly and take up little data volume. It also needs to be particularly intuitive and easy to understand, which is why self-explanatory icons should be used instead of long texts and the mobile site is also available in multiple languages.


What did you learn from your potential users, stakeholders & experts? How did you improve your project?

Important points that quickly emerged in the collaboration with;

The our potential users (young females and girls, youth organisations): was that the site should load quickly and take up little data volume. It also needs to be particularly intuitive and easy to understand, which is why self-explanatory icons should be used instead of long texts and the website is also available in multiple languages. (for international students in universities) It must involve mapping of victim support services.

Universities (Ankara University Support Unit Against Sexual Harassment- Prof.Dr.Gülriz Uygur): “Students cannot complain to us about sexual abuse they have faced, because they are threatened with notes and they are afraid. This application will allow to Support Unit Against Sexual Harassment advocate on behalf of and alongside women student so that their voices are heard by decision-makers in university. It will provide the very evidence girls and women require to demand action to make their universities safer places to live.”

Project Concept

Using a combination of maps and cloud services, we will create a web application with a lean, editorial backend and an intuitive frontend. Participants can mark locations on interactive maps of Turkey universities with the help of a movable pin and rate them as positive (safe) or negative (unsafe). In addition, Participants will ask to specify a time of day (daytime or evening/night) and a location category in order to find out when and in which environment they feel safe or unsafe. The categories are "in the school building," "in the garden," "in the canteen," at a "public event," "on public transportation in campus" or - if none of these categories will apply - "other. Each marker have to be accompanied by a short description from the participants, from which the reason for the positive or negative location assessment became apparent. Another optional comment can have more detailed descriptions, for example of experiences make there. The participants can mark an unlimited number of places, so the number of markings are evaluated from the number of participants.

The key to safe universities for girls' and women's participation: How to make university safer for girls and women? Because of the many factors involved, this project cannot answer it in all its complexity. However, there are several approaches that need to be pursued in parallel. If one follows the information provided by the respondents on the project, for example building key partnerships to sustain prevention efforts, thus increasing perceived safety. The key to making safer university and more inclusive in the future is to involve girls and women in the planning/management process. After all, they themselves are best able to name the reasons why they feel safe or unsafe in a place.

Sexual harassment, discrimination and violence are social phenomena that are often consequences of the outdated notion that girls and women are worth less and are the "weaker sex." So in addition to security measures and victim support servives and harmful stereotypes must also be changed. Preventing sexual violence of all types requires a shift in culture and climate. Main prevention, preventing violence before it occurs, is difficult work and change takes time. The goal of the University Map for Youth is to gather and share information to inform the development of sexual violence prevention resources in college and university campuses. This ensures that they can better address the growing risks of gender-based discrimination and violence in universities.The aim is to ensure that girls and women in cities no longer have to fear assault in the long term.

Universities Map for Youth offers an opportunity to implement prevention efforts to have greater impact on the reduction and prevention of sexual violence on campus.

The components include,

Comprehensive Prevention: Strategies and approaches that complement and reinforce one another across the social ecological model, see below.

Infrastructure: The basic organizational systems and structures needed to effectively implement sexual violence prevention strategies on a college or university campus.

Audience: Broadly refers to the targeted audience. This includes recipients and observers of the prevention messages, campaigns, or strategies.

Partnerships and Sustainability: Development of healthy working relationships with community stakeholders and partners can strengthen, coordinate, and align prevention efforts in order for them to be more sustainable over time.

Evaluation: Essential public health practice that identifies what is working and what is not working with the programs, policies, or practices.

Safe universties have a global impact. Similar projects would also be conceivable in other countries. Our team say that even in an ostensibly safe country, ways and measures must be found to make cities safer for girls and women. If women cannot move safely in their universities, this not only affects their personal lives and restricts their freedom - it is also an expression of a lack of equal rights. This also makes harassment, discrimination, and violence against women an obstacle to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5,11,16,17. This includes ending all forms of discrimination and violence against girls and women and ensuring that they have equal opportunities for participation and empowerment in all areas of political, economic and public life. As a member of the United Nations, Turkey is committed to achieving this global goal. To achieve this, universities (in Turkey) must also become safer - especially for girls and women


Universities Map for Youth Team (participant of We The Youth)

Seda Bilgin, our project manager (UX), web designer, coordinator, university student Ali Küçüktaş, social entrepreneur, founder, university student İhsan Şamil Akman, software developer. university student Metin İhsan Akar, content editor, researcher, volunteer management, relationship management, storyteller, university student

And other team friends; Dilan Akılçağı, legal, university student İkra Özcan, Geographical Information Systems, interactive maps, university student

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