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!

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

Uganda

Karen Martinez

Panamá

Laura Mugeha

Kenya

Maliha Binte Mohiuddin

Bangladesh

Maria Fernanda Peña Valencia

Colombia

Natalia da Silveira Arruda  

Brazil/Colombia

Stellamaris Nakacwa

Uganda