Victoria launches world-first online tool to map everyday gender inequality

Victorians can now map and share their experiences of gender equality and inequality where they live, in real time, following the launch of the interactive online Gender Equality Map.

The Map has been developed by CrowdSpot and Monash University, with support from the Victorian Government. The free map is being piloted in the local government areas of Darebin and Melton.

The user-generated data will provide a new picture of gender equality in Victoria – and inform policy and urban design changes.

Map users simply drop a ‘pin’ on locations where they have had positive or negative experiences of gender equality - eg. access to change rooms, sexist advertising or pram accessibility. The Map will help uncover real experiences of gender inequality in public places, from local sports facilities to public transport, community services and infrastructure to simply walking down the street.

Dr Nicole Kalms, Director of Monash University’s XYX Lab, said, “The Map will reveal real, everyday experiences of gender inequality that we may not always be aware of. It gives us a new way to look at our local community.”

Drop a pin, share your story, create a better community for all
The Map builds on CrowdSpot and XYX Lab’s successful global work with Plan International – mapping safe and unsafe areas of cities – to address the design mechanisms that lead to social exclusion.

Anthony Aisenberg, Director CrowdSpot said, “The Map empowers people of all ages and gender identities to easily share their experiences and feelings about their local area by placing a pin on the map. This community collaboration provides useful insights for decision makers to improve neighborhoods.”

The results will be analysed by XYX Lab and CrowdSpot to help planners and communities better understand where inequality occurs. Doing so will help create more inclusive, respectful spaces for all.

Dr Kalms said, “In isolation, individual experiences of gender inequality, like a lack of female change facilities at sports grounds, may not seem significant. However, when we view them collectively, we see the very real impact inequity has on daily life for women, men, trans and gender-diverse people.

“This valuable information will help councils, town planners, architects, policy-makers and the communities rethink how we care for all people in public places, and to identify design changes that improve public spaces, services and facilities to make our community a better place for everyone.”

Everyone in Darebin and the City of Melton is encouraged to participate in the Gender Equality Map pilot, open until end-February 2019.

The Gender Equality Map is part of the Victorian Government’s gender equality strategy, Safe and Strong.


Quotes attributable to CEO at Office for Women, Department of Health and Human Services Emily Lee-Ack
“All Victorians—women, men, trans and gender diverse people—are affected by gender inequality. The Gender Equality Map is about making those experiences visible in a real way.”
“By making inequality visible, we can build the most effective policy to address it.”
“We won’t close the gender equality gap without being able to measure and track people’s lived experiences.”
Quote attributable to Mayor of Darebin Kim Le Cerf
“The Gender Equality Map will help us see how residents of Darebin experience everyday activities based on their gender, like dropping kids off at school, or using the tram. Our Council is committed to using this information to make positive change for gender equality.”
Quote attributable to Mayor of Melton Bob Turner
”Council is committed to promoting gender equality for all residents. The feedback we get from the Gender Equality Map will help us make informed decisions when planning for and upgrading public spaces and facilities. It’s really important that people share their stories so we get a clearer picture of real life experiences in our community. I call on residents to get behind this initiative and help create a better place for everyone.”
Quotes attributable to Darebin residents
“There are no baby change tables in the men’s facilities – or many parent change rooms that dads and mums can use. Every public place should cater for dads and kids. I’m marking a spot on the Gender Equality Map, so council can improve these facilities. It will help all parents.” Luke Brown, Darebin Resident


“I am tired of seeing sexist advertising on the streets where I live. It makes me uncomfortable and it sends a bad message to everyone in our community about how women should be valued.” Elodie Silberstein, Darebin resident


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