AIIMS launches app with distress button for women’s safety, filing a complaint made easy

In a bid to create safer spaces for women, the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi has launched an app, called AIIMS ICC, for all its female employees. The ’empowerment app’ which was launched on International Women’s Day on Tuesday, features a panic button, which can be used to send a distress signal to the security team of the hospital.

Once the signal is sent, within a minute the app will find the location of the signal and soon a rapid response team will be dispatched for the user. A statement from AIIMS says the app can be used as a signal to initiate the rescue of employees who find themselves stuck in a difficult situation.

App users, through the app, can also learn about the Sexual Harassment of Women in the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redress) Act 2013, also known as the POSH Act.

In addition to this, the app can also be used to file a complaint directly with the Internal Complaints Committee. Without the need to physically contact anyone, with the help of the app, a user can file a complaint from anywhere.

The institute statement added that the app is a step in the direction of empowering female staff in all AIIMS settings. The statement said the launch of the app is one of many activities that the internal complaints committee of AIIMS, New Delhi has undertaken over the past year. “Other activities being debates, CME (continuing medical education) and poster contests for male and female employees,” it read.

Since the POSH Act came into effect, all workplaces with 10 or more employees are required to have an internal complaints committee that can receive complaints, conduct investigations, and recommend action.

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Mara R. Wilmoth