Australia is on the money. They have all of the best murals from a Taylor Swift memorial to a Kanye-Kanye lovefest, and they most definitely 'get' social media. So much so, in fact, that they're changing the lives of women, slowly but surely, through technology.
One website and app, designed and managed by the Women’s Centre for Health Matters - and funded by the government (what!) - is changing the conversation around women and safety.
Launched in Canberra, WCHM's new tool is a fast and easy way to protect yourself in real time and in the future. Allowing women the ability to report where they feel unsafe, when, and why- it's furthering conversations around violence against women and safety, and creating a useful tool for everyone around the globe.
Issues such as lighting, empty spaces, alleyways, and more have been documented causes for concern.
“There are so many places in Canberra where the lighting is just so insufficient, it’s so dark and you kind of, you just don’t feel comfortable,” says one user via Mashable. “If I’m sitting somewhere and I feel really good about the place or I’m not feeling too great, I can take out my phone and I can put in all the information and it gets collected then and there."
“Over the years we know that women often tell us that they find it hard sometimes to be feel safe in public so we’ve designed a digital tool to try and be able to collect some of that information from women,” says Marcia Williams from WCHM. "We’ve deliberately designed the system so the information that’s put in isn’t available to everyone and we’ll be able to sort through that data."
"We’ve deliberately designed the system so the information that’s put in isn’t available to everyone and we’ll be able to sort through that data,” Williams explains.
It's only a local tool for now, helping to create a safer and less anxious environment for women in Canberra. This is something needed worldwide -- IF they find a way to miraculously make this not racist or problematic in any way.
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