Taxi service supports safety data collection

Transport PNG

ATaxi Service has volunteered to collect data on safety in public spaces at night to support UN Women and NCDC in addressing safety of women and girls in Port Moresby.Managing director of Kanny Taxi
Services, Wek Kewa said safety remains the top priority of Kanny Taxi services thus as a way of giving back to the community. Kanny Taxi has provided five taxis and a bus to be used in the survey.
He said Kanny Taxi was happy to support the UN Women and NCDC in improving safety of everyone in Port Moresby. The outcome of the survey will help the UN Women and NCDC to provide useful information to help address the safety ofwomen and girls.
The UN Women Country Representative,Susan Ferguson commended the support of key partners in working together for a safer Port Moresby. ‘If women cannot move around safely , they cannot earn aliving.
“We thank our partners, NCDC,Kanny Taxis, YWCA , Ginigoada and the Australian Government for this important contribution to making our city safer for women and girls.”
UN Women has trained five Kanny Taxi drivers on the importance of women’s safety in public places and how to use SafetiP in Nite application to collect data during the night. This is an application on a phone camera that is attached to a car wind screen to capture night-time images.
There are five Kanny Taxis currently driving around at night, capturing thousands of images of the actual conditions of the streets of Port Moresby at night.
These images will then be analysed by NCDC GIS division with support from Safetip in using the 9parameters for a safety audit which includes whether or not there is street lighting, openness of line of sight, visibility (how many windows and entrances overlook a point),number of people on the street,presence of security, the condition of the foot path, the proximity of public transport, balance of usage by women and men, and the feeling of security or safety.
The data collected will then inform the development of a Safety Map of Port Moresby to assist NCDC and other urban partners in making Port Moresby safer and more inclusive for women and everyone.
UN Women is committed to promoting safety of women and girls and ending harassment in public spaces.
Under the UN Women Safe PublicTransport Project, ‘SafetiPin’ a social enterprise based in India has been engaged to build capacity of local authorities to use smart phones solutions in making Port
Moresby safe for women and others.
The programme was funded through the Australian Government.

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