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!
Workshops will take place once a month from March until December and will be organized each time in a different municipality. The first workshop will take place on 23 March 2020 at La Maison des Femmes de Schaerbeek .
Each workshop will happen in a different municipality. If you are interested to host us or talk to us about the workshops, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suggestions for new street names will be published here after each workshop.