The Observatory of Women and Gender Equality of Bogota aims to generate strategic knowledge on the situation of women in the city and disseminate it among the citizens, women's organizations and all those in charge of making decisions, in order to overcome the physical and cultural barriers that impede women enjoying the city and the night quietly and freely. In the framework of the International Seminar of Safe Cities, realized in Bogota in 2013, it was found that in the city of New Delhi, India, an organization called SafetiPin had created an application for smart cell phones that allows geo-referencing factors that threaten the safety of women in public spaces at night.
The methodology was transferred from New Delhi, India, adapted to the Colombian context and applied in Bogota under the theme "Using SafetiPin to build safer cities for women". As a result, it was possible to carry out an investigation in which the technology developed in India was used in Bogota through cellular devices adapted to five vehicles. Information was collected on eight variables that help to determine the safety of women: illumination, openness of the space, visibility, number of people occupying the space, presence of public and private security, road status, proximity to public transport and presence of mixed genders.
Objective: Increasing the well-being of the citizens, in harmony with the global agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The pillars on which the project stands are: (i) equality in quality of life; (ii) urban democracy; (iii) community building and citizen culture. This means the public intervention serves the vulnerable population as a priority, in such a way as to materialize the constitutional principle of equality and the effective enjoyment of rights.
"Preventing, punishing and eradicating violence against women. It also promotes guaranteeing women's rights to freedom, life, physical and psychological integrity, recognizing their body as the fundamental exercise of identity and human dignity not to be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; right to personal and human security; access to justice in equity, in order to live without fear, both in the public and private pheres" (Article 11, Decree 166 of 2010, Bogota).
Ensuring the "real and effective protection, safeguarding and materialization of the rights of diverse women, that is, promoting their participation and their social organization in the Capital District" (Mission of the District Secretary of Women, Bogota).
Unveiling and making visible those factors that, together with the patriarchal culture, constrain freedom and create barriers for women in public spaces; advancing in overcoming the historical circumstances that place women as subalterns and draw limits, which sometimes circumscribe them to private spaces.