MAPAbabae 2021: #ChooseToChallenge Gender Inequality in Open Mapping - Event Report
Saturday 6 March 2021
(Asia & The Pacific)
- Geoladies PH with Mapbeks, OpenStreetMap Philippines and DSWD
On Saturday 6th March 2021, the eleventh Open Data Day took place with people around the world organising hundreds of events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. Thanks to generous support from key funders, the Open Knowledge Foundation was able to support the running of more than 60 of these events via our mini-grants scheme.
This event received an Open Knowledge Foundation mini-grant thanks to support from Mapbox.
How did your event celebrate open data?
On 6th March 2021, various local organisations and small groups came together (virtually) to celebrate Open Data Day, International Women’s Day and Trans-Visibility Week with the theme: #ChooseToChallenge Gender Inequality in Open Mapping. The online event highlighted women who lead in mapping and responding in times of pandemic, and trans women in tech, as well as conducted a mini-mapathon and datathon to map features catering to women and LGBTQIA+ needs. We aim to increase representation and participation of women and LGBTQIA+ in the open mapping platform - OpenStreetMap - to generate open data with and for local communities.
Lessons learned from your event
Here are some lessons learned shared by the participants and organising team:
- The talk promoted safe space and open discussions. I loved the lightning talks especially #TransWomenAreWomen and being in the tech industry because it clarified a lot of things (esp. with the myths) and I was also inspired by Ms Marion's talk on building a credible resume that no discrimination can ever ignore it.
- It inspired me to pursue and slowly start mapping here in my community esp. with the quote mentioned earlier that goes something about "the places that are less mapped are less accessed" and seeing myself having a hard time navigating in my own community during the mapathon. Months earlier I was hesitant on starting (while attending a lot of mapping events online) but during #mapababae2021, I gained little confidence to start (and I hope it will be flames this 2021).
- I learned about the importance of women's perspective in mapping - everyone has different perspectives and they are equally important on the map
- It's about mapping for the LGBT. it is very important that every individual has the access to every facilities without discrimination
- Through the experiences of the speakers, I've been inspired to map more for the community
- This is really new to me and I'm happy to learn new techniques in mapping LGBTQI friendly spaces
B. Organising Team (on logistics, etc)
- Delivery of tokens and prizes to participants took more time and difficulty as logistical options are very costly and time consuming - maybe provide digital vouchers, etc
- Challenging coordination as various channels were required for partner organisations - be firm in setting up one channel only
- Improve on marketing and getting partners to increase reach and attendance from participants
Why do you love Open Data Day?
We love Open Data Day because we want to celebrate communities for whom and with whom open data are made.