First assignment of group n° 003

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Resources used by the team

NAME OF THE MEMBER OF THE TEAM
ACCESSED RESOURCES
Marjorie ROGALA
Videos:


Book :

  • Boland, M.L. (2002). Sexual Harassment: Your Guide to Legal Action. Sphinx Publishing.


Documents:

Capucine THOOR
Videos:


Book :

  • Kearl, H. (2015). Stop Global Street Harassment: Growing Activism around the World. Praeger.


Documents:

Loïc GUILLUY
Videos:


Book :

  • Gardner, C.B. (1995). Passing by: Gender and Public Harassment. University of California Press.


Documents:

Julie PASSEPONT
Videos:


Book :

  • Bedin, V. and Dortier, J.F. (2011). Violence(s) et société aujourd'hui. Editions Sciences Humaines.


Documents:

Arnaud SALVADOR
Videos:


Book :

  • Kearl, H. (2010). Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women. Greenwood Publishing group.


Documents:

Thomas PORTELANCE
Videos:


Book :

  • Lieber, M. (2008). Genre, violences et espaces publics : La vulnérabilité des femmes en question. Les Presses de Sciences Po.


Documents:

Aude LIESENFELT
Videos:


Book :

  • Scott, S.V. (2015). Harassment: Victims and their Victimizers. Xlibris US.


Documents:


First description of our project

Help each other to travel FARther

1. What Problem do you want to solve ?

Who is lucky enough to ever say he/she has never been bothered while using public transportation? Every day, women and men all over the world are interrupted during their daily trips, when going to work or during their leisure time. These interruptions can be verbal, and will not really change their day. However, these events can quickly become more significant, and sometimes transform into heavy psychological or physical harassment acts. It seems that in most cities, people do not trust public transportations, as they happen to be places where fights, racket, and sexual abuses can be observed.

These contemporary issues must be addressed in part to encourage the use of public transports, but mainly to make users feel safer when getting about in their city.

2. Why does this problem exist?

It is possible to highlight the factors that make these issues so important in our society.

Firstly, there is a lack of control and general security in most public transports (trains, busses) as users do not have to go through controls (like for customs) when moving.

When it can be argued that alcohol and illicit substances are violence starters, there are other reasons that can explain the presence of unwanted behaviors. One of them is the changing perception of violence, which is being trivialized a bit more every year by new representations in the media, through TV shows, music clips or online videos. Additionally, new education standards led to a new way of evaluating men/women relationships for youngsters, generating inappropriate behaviors as a result.

Moreover there is a clear lack of information concerning the dangers that can be faced in public transports. Online campaigns deliver videos denouncing the issues, but no preventive actions are developed in the transports themselves.

Finally, because they often face groups of attackers or due to physical inequalities, people witnessing unusual scenes do not always dare to react. With no witness or simply extra slow juridical processes, it is possible for attackers, rapists or harassers to make it out of courts with little or no consequences, diminishing the fear of punishments, and thus encouraging deviant actions.

3. What breakthrough are you commited to creating?

In order to address the issues exposed above, we want to develop an item available to people in all public transports, which will make transit controllers and users aware that an event (verbal, physical/sexual) is happening or has happened around them. The alert generated will encourage helpful reactions and at some extent, ask for the police to come and help.

Creating a service complying with the FAR principles exposed below would ensure a development as close as possible to what we want to make available to the public:

Free access: With the cooperation of public transport companies, this service will be made available to all without any additional fees.
Alert: A “safe and secure” device is added to your everyday bus or train, and when used it will signal any close hazard.
Recording: Using the device will activate the recording of the scene and will mark the video as an element to be analyzed in priority by security clerks at the end of the day or when the action is happening.


Potential experts already identified
Please mention the potential experts (name, affiliation, likelihood to convince him/her to join the final panel)

Mehdi Karzouz

  • LinkedIn: Mehdi Karzouz
  • Mail: karzouz.mehdi@***.fr

Mehdi Karzouz is an engineering student currently in his 5th year at Telecom Lille. He is part of an apprenticeship program that led him to work for Sopra Steria, a digitalization European leader. In the past, he worked for 6 months as an intern at Orange, for which he was in charge of the development of a chat module for the African continent. He is willing to help us evaluate and develop potential concepts when these will appear.