Are you part of your City’s map?

Name: Jasmine Lovely George

Organisation: Hidden Pockets

Country: India

Stakeholder Group: Civil Society Organisation

Thematic Area: Access

Session Title: Are you part of your City’s map?

Session Format: TECH DEMOS (FLEXIBLE) (60/90 MINS)

Co-organizers Name (if any):

Speakers Name: Jasmine George

Speaker Status: confirmed

Relevance of the issue with specified session theme: We aim to talk about access to sexual and reproductive health services in cities. I would like to conduct a Tech Demo as a Feminist Cartographer. At Hidden Pockets, we are currently mapping service providers in Global South who are providing inclusive sexual and reproductive health services. We are creating maps that locates services, reviews the services, identifies sensitive services and at the same time de-stigmatizes these services in countries where accessing these services is very difficult. Not just ask people to locate their destinations, but ask people to actually explore the city and be part of the city’s narrative. We are curating places of pleasure, services, and senses and asking people to help us determine the narrative around their cities. We are using mapping platform, to create an inclusive idea of cities, where sexual and reproductive framework becomes part of the cities framework. We aim to do an interactive session, where we will display our maps, and take people through the process of creating these inclusive cities, by bringing technology, gender and development in the same conversation. Possibilities of a map? We can use them to tell stories to subvert, to build connections. Use GIS to make knowledge.

Content of the session (Objective of the session): We are curating places of pleasure, services, and senses and asking people to help us determine the narrative around their cities. We are using mapping platform, to create an inclusive idea of cities, where sexual and reproductive framework becomes part of the cities framework.  We aim to do an interactive session, where we will display our maps, and take people through the process of creating these inclusive cities, by bringing technology, gender and development in the same conversation.  Possibilities of a map? We can use them to tell stories to subvert, to build connections. Use GIS to make knowledge.

What is USP of the session: One of the good outcomes of the demo could be, people would form collaborations and collectives, and can start mapping their own interests and create more informative maps and crowdsource data.  Mapping as an informative tool can be analysed and can be made more inclusive as an exercise.  There is a need for open data to be sourced and it could be curated post the conference after the demo.

Please describe how you will use your speakers and how their views/ perspectives /expertise will be included in the session: Some of the questions that need to be discussed in the conversations : What is a map? What makes a good map? Who has the right to make maps? What should maps do for us? And who decides?

How are you bringing diversity in your proposed session whether it is relevant to the specified theme? The session identifies and maps out problems and challenges. We aim to discuss issue of access through maps and raise some of the questions.  1 It discusses about Digital Inclusion, what kind of things are mapped? 2 Is the information open data and can everyone have access to it? 3 Can subjectivity be accounted for, and can we make it part of the technological changes? 4 Can privacy be taken seriously and people and their rights to access services be protected?  The session is heavily outcome oriented, looking to create solutions, best-practices, or principles to solve an issue

Relevant Tags (Minimum 3 tags) #cartography #opendata #mapping #privacy #geocoordinates #GIS #sustainablecities