How to make transport safer by closing the gender data gap, with She's A Crowd

Join our panel of experts, moderated by Zoë Condliffe (founder of She’s a Crowd), as we discuss how to bridge lived experience storytelling with decision-making, and the role of data in transport safety.

15 July 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am


How to make transport safer by closing the gender data gap, with She's A Crowd is an inquiry into data feminism, emerging data-driven technologies and the ways in which this can be harnessed to increase safety on transport. Portable is proud to be hosting this event for She’s a Crowd, an online crowdsourcing start-up which aims to counteract gender-based violence through data collection.

Join our panel of experts, moderated by Zoë Condliffe (founder of She’s a Crowd), as we discuss how to bridge lived experience storytelling with decision-making, and the role of data in the feminist movement. We will be exploring the term “data feminism” and asking how we can use this as an approach to address safety concerns while in transit.


In this one hour live-streamed panel discussion, moderated by Zoë Condliffe (she/her), Founder and CEO of She’s A Crowd, you will hear from the following panelists:

  • Dr Emma Fulu (she/her) - Founder and Executive Director of The Equality Institute
  • George McEncroe (she/her) - CEO at Shebah
  • Jacob Thomas (they/them) - Academic, Human Rights Advocate, and Advisor to The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
  • Joanne Osbourne-Taylor (she/her) - Lead Design Strategist at Portable
  • Nicole Lee (she/her) - anti-violence campaigner

What we'll cover

Gender-based violence stems from rigid gender roles and is a direct consequence of gender inequality. For far too long, our voices have been erased, our stories ignored, our experiences delegitimised.

Nine in ten women in Australia have been harassed in public, and have had to modify their behaviour as a result. How can closing the gender data gap play a role in shaping transport to make it safer for women, non-binary people and other marginalised groups? When you make transport safer for women and non-binary people, you make it safer for everyone.

She’s a Crowd is currently collecting reports of harassment, assault and safety on transport. These stories are helping to close the data-gap and ensure transport is safe for women and non-binary people.

Join us as we dive into the gender data gap with experts within the field and discuss how they are using data, technology and activism to address gender inequalities on transport, in cities and beyond.

About our speakers

Zoe Condliffe (she/her) - Founder and CEO of She’s A Crowd

Zoë Condliffe is a data activist, gender advocate, researcher and Founder & CEO of She’s A Crowd. Zoë started her first social enterprise in rural Cambodia and has since gained experience across the university, NGO and start-up sectors, becoming an outspoken leader in the social change sector.

In 2016, Zoë started working in gender and youth advocacy for Plan International Australia, where she pioneered the digital crowdmapping tool for street harassment, Free To Be, the Youth Activist Series and Girls’ Walks. From there she decided to start her company She’s A Crowd, to leverage the power of storytelling to address the gender data gap. Zoë has been named one of the Top 100 most influential, creative and provocative people in Melbourne by The Age, one of the Women’s Weekly Women of the Future for Innovation and Technology in 2019 and her company was listed on the Smart Company Smart30 List for in 2018 and 2019. She is a SheStarts alumni, and was sponsored by Google for Startups to travel to San Francisco to participate in the Blackbox Accelerator Program. She was a Young Social Pioneer with the Foundation for Young Australians, and she is a Finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever Awards 2020.

Dr Emma Fulu (she/her) - Founder and Executive Director of The Equality Institute

Dr Emma Fulu is a researcher, feminist activist and leading expert on violence against women. She is the founder and Executive Director of The Equality Institute, a global feminist agency dedicated to the prevention of violence against women and girls. She is also the co-founder of VOICE, a non-profit organisation that works with women and girls in conflict and disaster settings all over the globe to amplify their solutions to violence in their own communities.

Previously, Emma was based in South Africa as the Technical Lead for DFID- funded global program What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls. Before

that she worked at the United Nations and led the ground-breaking United Nations Multi- Country Study on Men and Violence, the findings of which have been featured widely in international media, including on BBC, Al Jazeera, and CNN. Emma was a representative on the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality, is a member of the Global Women’s Institute Leadership Council at George Washington University, and the Co-Chair of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel of the World Health Organization. She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, has published widely in academic journals including The Lancet, is the author Domestic Violence in Asia: Globalization, Gender and Islam in the Maldives, and also blogs for the Huffington Post UK.

Jacob Thomas (they/them) - Academic, Human Rights Advocate, and Advisor to The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust

Jacob Thomas is one of Australia’s most prominent leaders in sexual orientation and gender identity. Jacob uses the pronouns they/them and works at the Monash Warwick Alliance and guest lectures on LGBTIQA+ health and human rights. They are undertaking their PhD in public health and preventative medicine, exploring the power of LGBTIQA+ youth around the world. They are a multi-published researcher, often establishing novel LGBTIQA+ youth work in fields such as sustainable development, Out of Home Care, and public health intervention modelling.

In 2016, Jacob received the Queen's Young Leader Award, recognising Jacob’s work on suicide prevention for Australia’s LGBTIQA+ community. Jacob was the Coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) and represented the network at international events including the 61st session of UN Women’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the ECOSOC Youth Forum in New York, the 11th Commonwealth Youth Forum in London, and at AIDS2018 in Amsterdam.

They are currently an advisor to The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Pride Academy, the Bisexual Alliance of Victoria, and in their spare time are a performer, designer and sometimes drag artist.

Joanne Osbourne-Taylor (she/her) - Lead Design Strategist at Portable

Joanne Osbourne-Taylor is a human-centred designer, leader and coach. She is passionate about designing for social good, especially to improve the lives of people who have been disadvantaged or made vulnerable. Her approach is to empower people within organisations to discover new ways of innovating, through human-centred design. Jo coaches teams to connect with the people they serve through design research and co-design, uncovering new insights so they can redesign services and develop new strategies using qualitative data.

Jo has previously led a project for the Department of Premier and Cabinet, following the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The project focused on the lived experience of victim-survivors and included working with the Victim Survivors Advisory Council and specialist family violence services. Since then she has worked across Portable's projects in the sector, including working with ABC International and young women in the Pacific on cyber-safety, designing a gender equality reporting tool for the Office for Women and other projects with Domestic Violence Victoria and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre and Respect Victoria. Joanne also recently completed a Masters in Design Futures from RMIT

Nicole Lee (she/her) - anti-violence campaigner

Nicole Lee is a family and sexual violence survivor and passionate activist who has played a major role through her past appointment to Victoria’s first Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council. Nicole, who also uses a wheelchair, focuses on family and sexual violence perpetrated against those who have a disability, or who depend on carers or family members for support. After suffering a decade of abuse at the hands of her former husband, Nicole now uses her lived experience of family and sexual violence to speak out for those who don’t yet have a voice.

She is a freelance writer and has published articles for Quartz Global, Victorian Women's Trust, Mamamia, New Matilda and the Women’s Agenda and is a regular panelist on ABC’s The Drum. Nicole has als previously collaborated with Portable on the co-design of YourCase, an online tool which supports victim survivors navigate the court process as they apply for a Family Violence Intervention Order.

George McEncroe (she/here) - CEO at Shebah

George McEncroe began her career in media and comedy, but has transcended into becoming a fierce business leader, entrepreneur and mobility innovator. Following on from a busy career in her award-winning Melbourne International Comedy Festival show or collecting testimonies for the War Crimes Tribunal, as well as being a mum of 4, she has become the CEO of Shebah. Shebah is a all women rideshare service, providing safe transport and economic freedom to women across the country.

Who's it for?

This session is designed for the following audience:

  • Those interested in ideas of data feminism and gender-based violence
  • Those in the transport, cities or planning industries
  • Those who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing harassment or gender-based violence
  • Public servants and policy officers who shape government responses to gender-based violence
  • Data scientists and those working with large data sets
  • Designers, Service Designers and Creative Technologists

Event details

Thursday 15th July at 7:00pm - 8:30pm AEDT/AEST

This event will be presented remotely as a live-streamed panel discussion. A link to join the live stream will be provided to registered participants via email on Thursday 15th July.

After the 75 minute presentation, attendees will be invited to stay for a Q&A session with the panellists for the final 15 mins.

What if I can't make it?

You're in luck. This panel discussion will be recorded and published as a video on the Portable website at a later date.

If you cannot make this event but would like to know when the video recording goes live, you can register for the 'Send me the video' option in the registration section.

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