How Technology Helps Us Keep Women Safe
By Johann Ratnaiya
International Women’s Day has really been an eye-opener this year. This movement is no longer a matter of obligatory greetings, imaginary progress and fleeting resolution. Safety is at the top of the list. Women are now bold, spirited, empowered and driven. However, all this is not without cause. His critique of social propriety has fallen on deaf ears for far too long. She will rise and be counted. In this regard, the number of working women is growing pleasantly. “Many companies have incorporated female hiring programs which are creating significant demand. In addition, prejudice against hiring women is decreasing, which has helped to improve their participationsaid Saundarya Rajesh, Founding President of AVTAR Career Creator. However, his safety still remains a concern.
As big business seeks to set gender-neutral norms, technology is being pushed to create solutions to related issues. The safety of women’s travel in India is one such issue that has always been of concern. However, shared mobility and smart navigation could pave the way to reducing crimes against women while on the move. Uber, a taxi transportation network, has devised a way to work in tandem with the police to keep female passengers and drivers safe. Women threatened by the crime of their driver can contact the police directly in the event of an emergency. The app offers security to its users with this enhanced feature. The trip is monitored from start to finish by a response team that works around the clock. Similarly, Shuttl has an SOS and a panic button to add to its useful app features. This on-demand shuttle service app has safety at the core of its marketing campaigns.
Google Maps has been around for a while now. This app is probably the best digital compass we have today. The location feature can help women know exactly where they are and get directions to where they are heading. However, Google Maps has just announced one of the app’s best features yet. The app will notify users with a “woman-led” descriptor in business listings. The female gender symbol will appear alongside other symbols that denote various categories, such as trending or highly rated. “We strive to organize global information in a way that includes all people“Google spokeswoman Liz Davidoff told Gadgets 360.”We added the female-led attribute to enable female-led businesses to succeed online and help people find places to visit using Google Maps and search.“This versatile app has become so much more relevant.
Safetipin, a personal safety app, is ideal for women who are concerned about the safety of a particular place. A sparsely populated locality or a dimly lit street could be a red flag to note. If a woman needs to travel during odd hours, the app allows a friend or family member to track her location.
Security is not an option
Technology puts options on the table, but security is not one of them. The traction this movement has gained over the past year should put this discussion into perspective. There will be zero tolerance for harassment, inequity and injustice in the future. If #MeToo and #TimesUp are any indication of the fervor surrounding women’s rights, then women are going all the way this time. While it is up to women to ensure evil acts are reported, it is our duty as a society to foster discussion and usher in radical change. Rural India is still unaware of the grand scheme of gender equity. UN Women has rightly identified this as an area to focus on. They said, “Echoing the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, International Women’s Day will also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who represent more than a quarter of the world’s population, and are left behind in all measures of development.
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