GeoWeek Humanitarian Mapathon!

November 16, 2016 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
UofR Lewis Hall Room 102
Lewis Hall
1200 E Colton Ave, Redlands, CA 92374
Nathan Strout

Join the Center for Spatial Studies as we host a mapathon to use mapping and GIS to help with outreach efforts to combat gender based violence in the Serengeti district of Tanzania. We’ll teach you the basics so no GIS or mapping experience necessary. Computers are available in the lab, but we ask that you bring a laptop if you have one so we can reserve the computers for those that need then. Also food and drinks will be provided so come learn, have fun, and map for a good cause!

Mugumu is the capital of Serengeti district in eastern Tanzania and the surrounding villages have a very high incidence of Female Genital Mutilation, early marriage and Gender Based Violence. NGOs on the ground need better road and residential area data to facilitate their outreach work. We need to complete this map by mid November so we can print out paper maps ready for the next “FGM cutting season” in December. There is a video about the importance of this work here. and testimony from one of the girls here and more information here.

We’ll be working on this project for the The Missing Maps Project. The Missing Maps project aims to map the most vulnerable places in the world (affected by humanitarian crises: disease epidemics, conflict, natural disasters, poverty, environmental crises). Building on HOT’s disaster preparedness projects, the Missing Maps tasks facilitate preemptive mapping of priority countries to better facilitate disaster response, medical activities and resource allocation when crises occur.