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Kanny Taxi Services Volunteer to Collect Data on Safety in Public Spaces

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Kanny Taxi Services has volunteered to collect data on safety in public spaces. This initiative is to support addressing the safety of women and girls in the city, a project by UN Women and NCDC.

Kanny Taxi Services owner, Wek Kewa, says work has progressed with most of the city being covered in the past two weeks. These images will then be analyzed by the NCDC GIS division with support from Safetipin method using 9 parameters for a safety audit.

This includes street lighting, presence of security, proximity of public transport, and balance of usage by women and men. The data collected will then inform the development of a Safety Map of Port Moresby to assist NCDC and other urban partners make Port Moresby safer and more inclusive for everyone.

UN Women has trained five Kanny Taxi drivers on the importance of women’s safety in public places and how to use SafetiPin Night application to collect data. This is an application on a phone camera that is attached to a car windscreen to capture night-time images.

Kanny Taxi Services have collected survey in parts of Moresby East and West. The Southern part of the City is hoped to be completed in the next 10 days. There are five Kanny Taxis currently driving around and capturing thousands of images of the actual conditions of the streets of Port Moresby at night.

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