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Know somewhere that’s not gender equitable? Crowd mapping aims to help

This will include sports facilities, public transport, community services and infrastructure. People could submit their experiences of private businesses, but business names would be taken out of the map.

Darebin Gender Equality Map will pinpoint areas of gender equity and inequity.

Darebin Gender Equality Map will pinpoint areas of gender equity and inequity.

“It’s experiential, it’s not just about saying, ‘there’s no baby station there’, it can be, ‘what I really like about my community is … ‘ or more broadly about the community itself,” she said.

Darebin resident Luke Brown said fathers also experienced issues with gender inequality.

“There are no baby change tables in the men’s facilities – or parent changerooms that dads and mums can use. Every public place should cater for dads and kids,” Mr Brown said.

“I’m marking this spot on the Gender Equality Map, so council can improve these facilities. It will help all parents.”

For Northcote 45-year-old Elodie Silberstein, sexist advertising in Darebin is the top of her hit list.

“Often women are depicted as sex slaves or are reduced to sexualised body parts and often represented in an interchangeable way,” Dr Silberstein said.

The Darebin Women’s Advisory Committee member often feels disempowered.

“I feel that it’s (sexist advertising) such a reductive image of women, of their identity, of their sexuality … it does not make me feel safe.”

Ms Kalms said the two councils were chosen because they had different demographics, but were also up for the challenge of the project.

“There will be issues we haven’t expected and we don’t know what that is. Sometimes it’s everyday issues and sometimes very unexpected issues you couldn’t imagine, that’s why it’s an important process,” she said.

Emily Lee-Ack, Office for Women, Department of Health and Human services chief executive said all Victorians —women, men, trans and gender-diverse people—were 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,” she said.

“We won’t close the gender equality gap without being able to measure and track people’s lived experiences.”

Nicole Precel is a video journalist and reporter at The Age. She is also a documentary maker.

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