The names of public spaces (streets, avenues, squares and others) define the identity of a city and how citizens interact with it. The region of Brussels suffers from a major inequality between male and female street names and we want to help fix this.
There are several ways to approach the inequality of street names and leverage a positive change in our society. Ours is with the use of Open Data to create a map visualizing the streetnames of Brussels by gender.
On 17 February 2020, 60 volunteers gathered to add the Wikidata tags (a tag containing all the information from a Wikipedia page) to the streets on OpenStreetMap. Using Open Data has unlocked new opportunities, the project now being replicable for other cities and the analysis being fully transparent.
The EqualStreetNames.Brussels project is divided into two phases:
Open Knowledge Belgium and the Feminist Collective Noms Peut-Être have partnered up to organize 8 workshops to put together lists of name suggestions for the municipalities. The names will be published in this section after each event and if their profile doesn’t exist on Wikipedia, we will add it to the open platform!
The following names have been crowdsourced, analysed and categorized by the team of EqualStreetNames.Feminist