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Protibadi: a platform for fighting sexual harassment in urban Bangladesh

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posted on 01.01.2014, 00:00 authored by S I Ahmed, S J Jackson, N Ahmed, Hasan FerdousHasan Ferdous, M R Rifat, A S M Rizvi, S Ahmed, R S Mansur
Public sexual harassment has emerged as a large and growing concern in urban Bangladesh, with deep and damaging implications for gender security, justice, and rights of public participation. In this paper we describe an integrated program of ethnographic and design work meant to understand and address such problems. For one year we conducted surveys, interviews, and focus groups around sexual harassment with women at three different universities in Dhaka. Based on this input, we developed "Protibadi", a web and mobile phone based application designed to report, map, and share women's stories around sexual harassment in public places. In August 2013 the system launched, user studies were conducted, and public responses were monitored to gauge reactions, strengths, and limits of the system. This paper describes the findings of our ethnographic and design-based work, and suggests lessons relevant to other HCI efforts to understand and design around difficult and culturally sensitive problems.

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ACM Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction. Conference (2014 : Toronto, Ont.)

Series

ACM Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction Conference

Pagination

2695 - 2704

Publisher

Association for Computing Machinery

Location

Toronto, Ont.

Place of publication

New York, N.Y.

Start date

26/04/2014

End date

01/05/2014

ISBN-13

9781450324731

Language

eng

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E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

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2014, the author(s)

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[Unknown]

Title of proceedings

CHI 2014 : One of a CHInd : Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2014

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