Mapping a safer Maribyrnong for women and gender diverse people

Published on 03 May 2021

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Maribyrnong residents will now have an opportunity to help Council understand how public spaces can be more inclusive for everyone to enjoy leisure, sport and play. YourGround will give our residents the opportunity to share their experiences of local streets, parks, trails and recreational spaces through an interactive map.

Statistics show that movement and access is restricted for women and gender-diverse people due to fear, violence and harassment. With the implementation of Victoria’s Gender Equality Act 2020, creating inclusive spaces for women and gender-diverse people is a priority state-wide, and Council’s Towards Gender Equity 2030 Strategy demonstrates our commitment to this.

YourGround is a proactive tool to help make positive change in our shared public spaces - spaces that should be accessible to everyone. The map crowdsources data, allowing users to anonymously drop a pin, tell a story or share an experience while out for leisure, sport, exercise or play. When collated and analysed this data will provide insights that can make our City’s parks, sporting and community spaces more inclusive and equitable.

Maribyrnong is joining with Monash University’s gender, design and space specialists, XYXLab, and digital consultancy, CrowdSpot, to gather perceptions of safety in public space and inform real change in our local area and highlight the often hidden experiences of safety for women and gender-diverse people. Visit the YourGround website to find out how you can contribute

A word from the Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke:

“Everyone in our community deserves to feel safe in our City and beyond. YourGround will help us to understand more about perceptions of safety for women and gender diverse people so as a Council we can prioritise where to invest our efforts to create safer and more gender-equitable public environments.”

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