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Founded2013; 11 years ago (2013)
  • Kalpana Viswanath
  • Ashish Basu
HeadquartersGurugram, Haryana,

Safetipin is an online technology platform that uses data mapping tools to make public spaces safe for women.

Organization and mission

Based in India, Safetipin aims to make cities [1]safer by providing data collected through technology tools and apps to its users. The data is collected and analysed on parameters that impact safety and walkability. Its end goal is to achieve movement without fear for women [2][3]. It was co-founded by gender rights' activist Kalpana Viswanath and Ashish Basu in 2013.[4]

How it works

Using apps, such as My Safetipin, Safetipin Nite and Safetipin Site, it maps the entire street network as well as key public spaces such as transport hubs, parks, markets etc., in a city. The nine parameters used by Safetipin to calculate safety are lighting, openness, visibility, people, security guards, walk path, public transport, gender usage, feeling, all pertaining to a certain area. Bus stops and metro stations are also included to review the safety status around them.[5][6]


Safetipin enables the users with some key features, such as, selecting a place to stay based on the safety score of the neighbourhood, driving or walking using the safest route, finding the nearest safe place and heading there, asking a friend to track them and get notifications if there is a problem, receiving notifications when in an unsafe place.[7]

Recent initiatives

Safetipin, in Delhi, has mapped low income areas and areas adjacent to metro stations since 2013, in order to find localities with poor lighting conditions. Based on its data the Delhi government fixed the existing streetlights and installed additional street lights and an increase in police patrolling. In 2018, the government approached the organization to do a fresh mapping to measure change as well as point out other safety concerns in the city. [8][9][10][11][12]

In 2016, Bogota city was mapped using the app on the 230 km of bike path.The resultant data was used by the local government to improve lighting along the street, identify the locations for CCTV cameras and bike stands so as to make women feel safer using the bike paths after dark. [13] [1]A symbolic event, ‘Women Taking the Night’ [14]was also held in the city after the report by Safetipin, where women walkers were joined by top government officials to walk the reportedly unsafe areas together.

The focus of the project by Safetipin in Hanoi was on mapping urban transport for Hanoi Metro Line 3. [15][16]


  • Lotus Leadership Award 2019 [17]
  • Womanity Award 2018 [18]
  • mBillionth Award [19]

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 Fleming, Amy (December 13, 2018). "What would a city that is safe for women look like?" – via
  2. "A Feminist Guide to Delhi". November 3, 2018.
  3. "Over 90% women in Bhopal, Gwalior and Jodhpur feel unsafe, study reveals". December 1, 2019.
  4. "Safetipin app launched, lets users share safety details of city locations". NDTV Gadgets 360.
  5. "Delhi's My Safetipin App is telling women which streets are unsafe to be on. Here's how". The New Indian Express.
  7. "App review: Safetipin, a safety app handy for women in urban jungles". Governance Now. December 7, 2013.
  8. "Delhi: Over 4,000 dark spots lit up in three years, finds audit". December 31, 2019.
  9. "New safety audit to map public spaces in Delhi, spot problems". Hindustan Times. September 19, 2018.
  10. "Women's safety: 1,500 dark spots to get LED lights in Delhi | Delhi News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  11. "Delhi to be free of dark spots by January, claims AAP govt". Hindustan Times. December 18, 2017.
  12. DelhiJune 10, Chayyanika Nigam New; June 10, 2019UPDATED; Ist, 2019 03:53. "25 dark and dangerous spots in Delhi". India Today.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  13. Welle (, Deutsche. "In Latin America, women turn to apps to combat sexual violence | DW | 05.10.2019". DW.COM.
  14. JENA, MANIPADMA (March 8, 2018). "Making cities safe for women | New Straits Times". NST Online.
  15. "Bringing women's voices into the "Smart City Just City" dialogue". OpenGlobalRights.
  16. D'Silva, Krishtina (October 10, 2019). "Sexual harassment on Metro have soared by 42 per cent in last four years".
  17. Gupta, Poorvi (March 22, 2019). "India's Safetipin App Wins Asia Foundation's Lotus Leadership Award".
  19. "mBillionth Award South Asia | Winners 2014".

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