Let Girls Map is a YouthMappers campaign with special emphasis on International Day of the Girl, October 11, and features mapping efforts that support women and girls' issues and strives to build inclusive mapping communities for female student mappers around the world.
How can you contribute? Map features and attributes important for local and global projects on OpenStreetMap, and use the hashtags #YouthMappers and #LetGirlsMap to show your support!
WHAT CAN you do?
Let Girls Map aims to motivate and encourage female mappers to participate in mapping, to promote that everyone can create and sustain gender-inclusive mapping communities, and to pay attention to how the act of mapping can especially support the needs of women and girls around the world.
DID YOU KNOW?
Girls’ education and women’s health empowers a nation's development. Recent research verifies that there is a strong linkage between women's education and international development. There is also an important relationship between women’s access to health services and economic productivity.
How can mapping help?
Adding openly available spatial data about where schools and clinics are located improves knowledge and access to quality education and health services. Adding specific attributes about these important features helps education and health providers, as well as the governmental and civil society actors that promote them. Help us by putting schools and clinics on the map using the people’s map : OpenStreetMap.
Support inclusion in your mapping community
Learn tips on how to make sure your own chapter or mapping community is operating according to the YouthMappers ethics statement, is harassment free and inclusive of women and girls.
Join the Diversity discussion on how to increase diversity in OSM and check out the suggested resources.
Listen, Read, and get inspired
Read some of these blogs by YouthMappers. We are proud that of our 5,000 mappers around the world, about 40% are female students, despite that reports of low rates of gender equal participation in OSM, even as low as 5%.
Celebrate the achievements of women student mappers! Every year, YouthMappers recognizes chapters that have female membership of 50% or more for their efforts for inclusive female participation.
Help amplify the voices of women and girls in your YouthMappers chapter or university or OSM community to participate and be fully engaged and included, or better yet, write your own blog!
Girls in Mapping Rubaina Chalpang Adam, University of Mines and Technology, Ghana
Mapping a bridge across the Atlantic Ocean - How Two University Students Hope to Implement a Sister YouthMappers Community, Stella W. Nakacwa and Sonia Torres
My Mandela Washington Fellowship Experience Dr. Naa Dedei Tagoe, University of Mines and Technology, Ghana
I found the impact that I want to generate Yasmila Saenz Herrera, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Nicaragua
Mapping Bridges the Gap Laura Mugeha, Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya
We are the pioneers of the YouthMappers Legacy, Maliha Binte Mohiuddin, University of Dhaka
To #LetGirlsMap for socio-economic development and vulnerable communities response is sacrosanct! Blessing Oshoma, University of Port Harcourt
Polaroid moments through the eyes of YouthMappers, Maliha Binte Mohiuddin, University of Dhaka
#LetGirlsMap: A candid interview with Sabina, Ndapile, and Laura, Laura Mugeha, Ndapile Mkuwu, Sabina Abuga, and YouthMappers Staff
Bridging the Map: A Tale of Diversity, Confidence Kdopo, Michael Kaluba, S M Sawan Shariar
Reminiscing Our Journey With YouthMappers P.S. It is still ongoing, Nawshin Afrose, Dhaka Univeristy
Get to know some of our Regional Ambassadors
Learn about their career paths and how they are working to build inclusive, sustainable mapping communities locally by clicking on their photos below.
Ingrid Martha Kintu
Maliha Binte Mohiuddin
Maria Fernanda Peña Valencia
Natalia da Silveira Arruda