WSIS Prizes Contest 2019 Nominee

Mapa do Acolhimento (Safe Haven Map)


Nossas Cidades is a Brazilian organization that promotes civic engagement through technological and methodological activism tools. Nossas has pioneered the production of technology with activism-centered products and uses these platforms to connect people and their causes towards building pressure campaigns.
In May 2016, Nossas built the Mapa do Acolhimento (roughly translated to Safe Haven Map), an innovative project aiming to bring together women in response to sexual violence, a current and recurring issue in Brazilian society. The main objective of the Mapa do Acolhimento is to provide a collaborative safety network for victims of sexual violence around the country. Volunteer therapists were matched with victims of sexual violence, offering free mental health services all over the country. Thousand of volunteers also rated Brazil's publicly available services, producing the country's first-ever map of publicly or freely available mental health services for sexual violence survivors.

Project website


Action lines related to this project
  • AL C1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development 2019
  • AL C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
Sustainable development goals related to this project
  • Goal 5: Gender equality
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

  • Brazil



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Target beneficiary group(s)
  • Women


The success of its replication reflected in the more than 3,000 volunteers throughout 18 Brazilian states

WSIS values promotion

By combining technology tools with activism methodologies in order to mobilize citizens and create collective responses to social and political problems.

Entity name

Nossas Cidades

Entity country—type

Brazil Civil Society

Entity website


#AgoraÉQueSãoElas -Nossas’