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Can mobile apps combat street harassment?

Women can feel unsafe in various situations, such as poorly lit streets, empty subway cars or crowded spaces during events like the Paris Games. To address this concern, several applications are being developed to help women feel safer and facilitate police intervention.

One such app is The Sorority, created in 2020 for an exclusively female audience. It allows users to alert the 50 closest people with their GPS position in case they feel unsafe. Other women in the area receive a notification and can offer help, contact the person in distress or notify the police if necessary. Users like Maja and Emma have found reassurance in using The Sorority after experiencing threatening situations. The app, with 90,000 verified users, now collaborates with law enforcement to ensure quick and effective response to alerts.

Another app, Come, provides safe places for people to seek refuge in case of danger. This initiative has been especially helpful for women who fear walking alone at night as highlighted in a report by the Higher Council for Equality between Men and Women in France. With a focus on training volunteers and raising awareness about such issues, Come is working closely with the Olympic Games Organization Committee (COJO) as the Olympic Games in Paris approach. These efforts aim to create a safer environment for visitors and locals during the events.

The collaboration between safety apps, law enforcement and public institutions is crucial in providing support and protection to women in vulnerable situations. By empowering individuals to seek help and creating networks of safe places these initiatives contribute to a safer and more inclusive community for everyone particularly during large-scale events like the Olympic Games.

Overall these initiatives demonstrate how technology can be used to improve safety measures for women while also promoting inclusivity within communities. As we continue to see more developments within this space it will be exciting to see how these solutions continue to evolve towards greater impactful change.

By Samantha Jones

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