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Kathy Raydings is on a mission- to make sure young women get home safely. In hopes of preventing sexual assaults,"Grandma Uber" has been an Uber driver for about seven months, picking up hundreds of male and female passengers weekly. "I needed to find a way to work for myself, doing something that I enjoyed," Raydings told ABC News. The Australian native decided to become an Uber driver and discovered a newfound joy in her job -- ensuring young women's safety. "It's every young woman's right to have fun, be young and enjoy life. This should be possible for them without the risk of deviant, ill-intentioned drivers taking advantage of their youth and intoxicated state in a negative way," said Raydings. Raydings added that she's heard "so many horrendous stories of young women suffering sexual assault when all they are trying to finish their night, be sensible and go home to their parents. It's my calling to get them home." Raydings said she feels "totally proud" to take care of her passengers. "I go to bed at night knowing that I am making some small, positive difference in these girls' lives," she added, "and it's the best feeling in the whole world." Raydings said she hopes to expand Grandma Uber "all over Australia...Article Source......waaytv   Personal Safety App Women Safety App Family Locator App Family Tracking App

Mon, 22 Aug, 2016
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Mumbaikars are used to seeing women studying, working, playing and partying at all hours of every day in this vast, bustling metropolis. But for French urban planner Audrey Noeltner, one thing struck her: “The first thing I said to my friend when I came here was, ‘Where are the women?’ You just see a lot of men everywhere. I feel like men are constantly staring at me. I think that could be because of my foreign looks, but then I did not experience the same level of the male gaze in China.” Ms. Noeltner, with Julien Fernandez and Charline Ouarraki, runs an independent project that wants to create guidelines for boosting women’s presence and participation in cities and facilitating a gender-based approach to urban policy making. “Our project is about gender equality in public spaces, making cities more enjoyable for women,” she says, “It means being able to go to cafes, play sports, breastfeed babies, use public transport and freely display affection to lovers, even of the same $ex.” Ms. Noeltner and Mr. Fernandez are on a 15-city tour, visiting cities which have woman mayors, meeting women councillors, NGOs, urban planners and common citizens. They have covered cities in Europe, US, South America, New Zealand and Asia before arriving in Mumbai, from where they will head to Africa next. They plan to make a documentary with the interviews conducted so far and form a forum to highlight the idea of what they call “women ability”: how women experience cities. In Mumbai, they, with NGO SafetiPin The Creeps, will take an ‘exploratory walk’ from Khar West on Thursday to hear how women negotiate the city. They also plan to meet Mayor Snehal Ambekar. “We want to find out if cities are better for women when there is a woman mayor,” Mr. Fernandez said, “We ask the mayors about their political journey and what they do to promote women’s safety.” Ms. Noeltner’s experience of $exual harassment in Paris streets made her look for solutions to the problem. “In France, women’s strategy to avoid harassment is plugging the ears with headphones. If I am sitting alone, I am taken for a prostitute. Nearly 70 percent of public equipment — for example, skateboards — is used by boys.” From the cities they have visited, Ms. Noeltner was especially fascinated by Malmö, Sweden. “It was the first time I saw as many girls playing soccer as boys. In the morning, as many men were taking their children to school on bicycles as women. You could see the gender equality. The Chinese city of Kaifeng also had a good number of women freely exercising in the open, breastfeeding or playing Dominoes. In Argentina, feminist graffiti — the political vision and activism of women — was everywhere on the walls.” Acknowledging the role of cultural factors and patriarchy, the researchers stress on the role of urban planners, architects and policy makers in addressing the needs of women. “There is a need to listen to what women want,” Ms. Noeltner says. “Gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting can help understand to what extent money is spent on public utilities for men and women. We should ensure access to public bathrooms, that the environment is not hostile to women, that there are lights, benches, not very high fences in parks [lest escaping a situation gets difficult]. It is not just a question of women’s safety. We have to first acknowledge the inequality in public space.” Source.....http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/news/researching-womenability-how-women-experience-cities/article8926989.ece   Download Women Safety App Personal Safety App Family Tracking App Family Locator App

Wed, 03 Aug, 2016
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: With a view to enhancing women’s security, the City police have geared up to roll out three units of the Pink Police Patrol. The vehicles, equipped with continuous tracking devices, are among those that will be deployed by the Kerala Police in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode with the prime objective of extending assistance to women, children and senior citizens in distress. According to G. Siva Vikram, Deputy Commissioner of Police, each vehicle will be led by a woman police officer and will have two other women police personnel. The patrol vehicles will be deployed in areas that have high presence of women and will function from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The vehicles will be centred in three regions, viz., Kazhakuttom and nearby areas with special focus on Technopark, the Fort region, and other parts of the Thiruvananthapuram city limits, which include Vellayambalam, Vazhuthacaud and Kowdiar.   The services of the pink patrol system can be sought by contacting the toll-free number 181. While the trial run of the patrol vehicles is under way, the formal launch of the system will be conducted in the first week of August. The patrol cars have been equipped with GPS tracking devices as well as cameras installed on the front and rear sides of the vehicles. The cameras will relay visuals to the city police control room continuously and will enable those concerned to deploy additional forces to various areas whenever necessary. Source....The Hindu Download Women Safety App Personal Safety App Family Tracking App Family Locator App

Tue, 02 Aug, 2016
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The Delhi government will soon start installing streetlights at dark spots identified on east Delhi and north Delhi roads. The Public Works Department (PWD) has received the much-awaited no-objection certificate from the north and east municipal corporations for installation of lights, officials said on Tuesday. The proposed drive by the Delhi government will help address the issue of women safety in these regions and reduce the risk of accidents. Illuminating dark spots to ensure safety of women is one of the key poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party government. A detailed survey was initiated by the PWD to identify the dark spots in these regions. It was found that there are 124 dark spots in the East Delhi Municipal Corporation area and around 7,304 dark spots in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation area. With the department in receipt of the NOC, officials said, the PWD will immediately commence work on lighting up these areas and will install around 82 poles in east Delhi and 3,686 poles in north Delhi. The department plans to use energy-saving LED lights to illuminate the dark spots. PWD is yet to receive NOC from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, officials said. “The proposed drive to illuminate these regions will be initiated immediately and is expected to be completed within 3-4 months in the east Delhi region and within 5-6 months in the north Delhi region. Installing LED lights in these regions will help in reducing the overall electricity consumption and also help generate substantial savings,” an official said. Article source....Hindustan times   Women Safety App Personal Safety App Family Tracker App GPS Tracker App

Thu, 28 Jul, 2016
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While women and girls are increasingly able to realize their rights and contribute to society, they continue to face enormous challenges and disadvantages across Asia. Today data shows that no country can get ahead if it leaves women and girls behind. In the words of former World Bank President Robert Zoellick: “Gender equality is smart economics.” Beyond smart economics, progress on the new Sustainable Development Goals – at the heart of the UN Commission on the Status of Women held last month – will not be possible without gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.   Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the fourth annual Young Lotus Circle Soirée at the Sun Klein Gallery in New York City, hosted by The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, a community of individuals, foundations, and corporations who raise private capital to rapidly respond to threats and challenges facing women in Asia.   For example, in India, where domestic violence has become a source of national outrage, Lotus Circle funds were used to support SafetiPin, a mobile app which allows users to conduct “safety audits” in their cities and shine a virtual spotlight on unsafe areas for women. In Bangladesh, Lotus Circle funds are supporting women entrepreneurs to establish and grow their businesses by developing e-commerce websites that increase their access to information, innovative technologies, and external markets. And in Vietnam, Lotus Circle funding has allowed more than 200 girls in the Mekong Delta region to overcome substantial barriers to continuing their education. Article Source....   Download  Women Safety App Personal Safety App Family Locator App Family Tracking App GPS Tracker App

Thu, 21 Jul, 2016
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Zing..Zing...I groggily get up. Take a shower and head to work. I toil there for hours and proceed back home. The street from the station to my house has four or five people on the way back. Clutching to my bag tightly, I walk in a brisk pace dearly wishing that my senses are working at double their capacity and I stay more alert than the most people. I breathe a sigh of relief after reaching home.  Sounds familiar?    Like many other working women, my lifestyle and work involves me to travel alone to remote places, sometimes at night. "If I could just reach home safely", a thought that runs through my mind is common to any woman commuting alone at night. At times like these, how does a woman ensure her own safety?  "Stay with me" a feature of my SafetiPin app works as a GPS tracker and allow you to be tracked by family or friends. This locator app turned out to be a big help for calming down my mother's nerves. With this, even she, who finds it rather difficult to work her way through her new smartphone, can track my whereabouts using track mode. This works as a family locator as well.  With the media around us screaming with headlines everyday about mishaps with women across the country, worries of mothers like mine are not completely unwarranted. An abusive driver in your preferred taxi service or the bus that seems too empty to feel safe. An auto rickshaw driver who seems too drunk to drive or no auto in sight at all are sights that girls like you and I are not new to.  This is when SafetiPin app comes in handy. The main feature of the app is that it uses your GPS location to give an alert notification whenever you are in an unsafe locality. The “Stay with me” feature allows chosen set of contacts to track you in such a situation.   There are times when my work leads me to survey slums located in outskirts of the city. In an unfamiliar place, you depend on auto driver and google maps to navigate you to your home. But how can one be sure of the route?   “Safest Route” another important feature of the app ensures just that. SafetiPin maps a large percentage of roads in a city and uses this data to provide you within formation about the safest route possible. It uses the Google alternate routes and then provides a score for each route and identifies the safest one. I have always believed that you are responsible for your own safety. We have to stay on guard and alert of our surroundings. I remember my mother telling me “It’s always better to be safe than sorry”. As much it’s a sad reality, we must fight our way forward in this world. And, it never hurts to have an app that works as protective friend, we all know we need one.   You Can Download  Family Tracking App Family Tracker App GPS Tracker App GPS Tracking App  

Mon, 18 Jul, 2016
By Sonali Vyas
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Before going off to travel, live, or work on their own, girls are often taught seemingly simple (yet often inconvenient) rules like "always travel in pairs (or groups)." Over time, similar societal rules become embedded in their daily lives and actually become instinctual — it's no coincidence why women still accompany one another to the bathroom.   "If you're a woman or belong to a minority group — black, gay, Latino, Muslim, trans — there's often no space for you within the so-called sharing economy," Sirin Kale writes in a Broadly article describing a world where "sharing" cars and homes has become commonplace. "Get in an Uber (or dare to drive one) and you may well be sexually harassed. Think it's safer to travel in numbers? Not if you're assaulted in an UberPool. Airbnb users have been raped and held against their will. Invite a Handy cleaner into your home and you may end up being extorted." Regardless of who you are, safety is never something we can take for granted. And there is hope! Along with all the other advancements in technology come innovations in safety and app stores do not fall short of options. Click through the gallery above to learn about some of the best apps with safety features that will help you, your friends, and your family travel more safely. article source...makers   Google Play Store...... Personal Safety App

Wed, 22 Jun, 2016
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  Safety is an important aspect determining ones’ mobility, especially at night.  The lack of safe public transportation facilities and poor last mile connectivity restricts the mobility of women.   Working women and university students who are required to commute even after it gets dark are affected the most.  With the city growing in all directions, long commutes are becoming more common.Many people, including women, are dependent on public transport and the case of the stalking and abduction of Snapdeal employee, DiptiSarna best brought the issue of the challenges women face daily due to lack of proper last mile connectivity to light. Safetipin, a safety app,is used to collect data on the perception of safety across various locations in many cities.  The perception of safety is measured based on nine parameters- lighting, openness, visibility, crowd, security, walk path, public transport, gender diversity, and feeling.  Each parameter is rated from 0 to 3, 0 being poor and 3 being good.  The public transport parameter specifically measures the availability of any mode of public transport - metro/bus/auto/shared auto/cycle rickshaw etc. based on their distance from the audit location.  A location point having public transport available within 2minutes walking distance i.e. within 50m is rated good.  A location where no public transport is available within 10mins walking distance i.e. up to 400m is rated as 0.  The average rating of public transport in Delhi is 1.3/3 and the overall Safety Score of Delhi is 2.45/5 i.e. fair.  TheSafetipin data around various metro stations, bus stops and bus terminals has been analyzed and shared with the concerned authorities.  Metro stations along the yellow line have been audited for safety concerns covering an area of 500m radius around the station.  Similarly, for bus stops an area of 100m radius around the bus stop was audited.  Six bus terminals were audited along with an area of 30m around each.  Lighting, Visibility, Security and lack of para transit facilities have been found to be the major issues around these modes of transport.  Improving these will make the area safer thereby encouraging women to feel safe using public transport.  While this safety data is for the use of the government and municipalities for on-ground infrastructure up gradation, the data has been integrated into our app My Safetipin, to be able to help the end-user have a safe commute.  The app provides the Safety Score as you move through the city. This safety information is integrated with Google’s traffic data allowing one to make an informed decision based on traffic, distance as well as safety. Further, the app also provides alerts to the user when she enters an unsafe area. My Safetipin is a tool to ensure one’s safety while traveling.  However, the need to ensure safe last mile connectivity cannot be undermined especially in the wake of the Delhi government’s efforts to reduce vehicular congestion on roads and expand the public transportation network.  Safetipin data is a key to ensuring safer commute using public transport. 

Mon, 13 Jun, 2016
By Kriti Agarwal
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The gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a New Delhi bus in 2012 sparked national outrage in India. Since then, other brutal acts of violence have taken place in India’s cities, including the rape and murder of a 30-year-old law student on April 28 in Kerala. There were 337,922 reported crimes against women in 2014, among them over 36,000 were rape. And these are the incidents that are reported; sadly, many are not. Today, more and more women are migrating to India’s cities in search of work, which has led to increased concern over the last few years about their safety in urban areas. Delhi alone accounts for 15.4 percent of crime against women in Indian cities, and witnessed an 18.3 percent rise in reporting of crimes against women in 2014 compared to 2013. One of the effects of the 2012 case was growth in consciousness and increased reporting of crimes against women. The fear of violence in public spaces affects the everyday lives of women as it restricts their movement and freedom to exert their right as citizens of the city – freedom to move, study, work, and leisure. The rapid pace and nature of urbanization taking place throughout the world has thrown up new challenges for governments, citizens, as well as social scientists and activists. Urban spaces provide new opportunities for people to build their homes and lives, but at the same time, can reinforce existing inequalities and often create new ones. While violence and fear impacts a city’s population as a whole, marginalized groups are much more vulnerable.   Creating a safe environment involves much more than just responding to violence. It is important to create the conditions by which women are able to move about safely and without fear of violence or assault. Fear often plays a key role in women’s experience and access to the city. Therefore, in order to create greater levels of safety and comfort, both actual violence and the fear of violence need to be addressed. Research has shown that many factors play a role in determining women’s access to the city including urban design and planning, community involvement, improved policing, and usage of space. The question was how to gather that information to build safer cities. In 2013, I co-founded the mobile app and online platform Safetipin, with funding support from The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, which collects information about public spaces through a safety audit that can be done by anyone, anywhere in the world. Safetipin is a free app and can be downloaded from the App store or Google play. At the core of Safetipin is the safety audit that measures nine parameters including lighting, openness, visibility or “eyes on the street,” presence of security, the state of a walking path, as well as the presence of people and specifically women, on the streets. It is a crowdsourced app and anyone in the world can download it and use it. Each audit appears as a pin on a map and is used to compute the Safety Score of an area. Visit complete articles at here........Asia foundation Download.... My Safetipin App Download.....Safetipin App

Fri, 13 May, 2016
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ENHANCING LAST MILE CONNECTIVITY Safety audits were conducted from June 2015 for 17 metro stations of the Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro. These stations were selected on the basis of their footfall and further connectivity options. An area of approximately 500m radius around each metro station has been studied to assess the safety and improve the last mile connectivity for the passengers, focusing on female commuters. The audits indicate that of the nine parameters; Visibility, Crowd, Security and Gender Diversity have been rated the poorest with Light and Public Transport being rated Average. Recommendations to better integrate the Metro with other modes of travel have been made. The Safety Scores for these 17 metro stations have been specified in the map.  

Mon, 01 Feb, 2016
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