Let Girls Map is a YouthMappers campaign with special emphasis on International Women’s Day, March 8 and 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! To date, we have mapped 100,000 buildings for health and education projects!
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. Here are 5 things YOU can do to help!
1. Map locally
Put your own schools and clinics near you on OpenStreetMap! Add features (buildings and roads) and tag them appropriately. Follow these instructions to get you started mapping on OpenStreetMap (OSM). Already know how to add features to the map? Use this guide for Tagging in Support of Women and Girls on OSM and add tags to make the map a more equitable landscape.
Be sure to use the hashtags #LetGirlsMap and #YouthMappers in the changeset comments
2. Map remotely & HELP COMMUNITIES USE SPATIAL DATA
Many communities struggle with access to reliable electricity and power.
Access to reliable energy is important for women and girls.
YouthMappers and researchers at Arizona State University along with chapters
in Sierra Leone are teaming up to map buildings and roads to properly design
power distribution networks.
Universal access to reliable electricity is not a gender neutral issue.
When women and girls have access to reliable energy it decreases their time and effort in daily tasks, which provides more opportunity for education, additional revenue, community involvement, and recreational activities.
With access to energy the risk for women and girls to be exposed to physical and sexual attacks lessens, because the likelihood of having to walk in the dark reduces.
Using cleaner fuels and technologies will decrease household air pollution, which will lead to women and girls being less impacted by harmful smoke from open fires.
Reliable electricity requires an entire energy sector of jobs women can benefit from through formal or indirect involvement.
Tanzania is one country with a high incidence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), early marriage, and Gender Based Violence. NGOs on the ground need better road and residential area data to facilitate their outreach work. Tanzania Development Trust is organizing tasks to map and offering the opportunity to crowd-analyze the data created. The maps produced will be used to help activists to better protect girls at risk, to empower local mappers to map and develop their communities, and to enable villages to develop village land use plans to mitigate land disputes and better develop their resources.
Beginning YouthMappers may help remotely create data by mapping these tasks:
Crowd2Map Tanzania are also looking for advanced mappers to assist with the following:
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.
3. 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.
4. 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
5. 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
Natalia da Silveira Arruda
Maria Fernanda Peña Valencia