5 apps and devices which help women feel safer

One of my most poignant revelations about the world came to me when I was just a child.

I sat with one of my parents’ friends and listened with horrified wonder at stories of their trips to South Africa. Coming from England, my travelling experience hadn’t extended further than Scotland until I was into my late teens, so these tales of distant lands plagued with violent crime both compelled and repelled my young mind.
For the first time, (but certainly not the last) I became overtly aware of my own fortunate circumstance to have been born in a place so safe. I had never experienced the fear that many people undergo each day of harassment, abduction, exploitation, murder, rape, attack, robbing, theft or many of the other horrific crimes that I learnt existed that day. Until then, the extent of my anxiety of the world came from getting lost on the Lego floor in Hamley’s.
Voicing this point, my own perceived safety in my own country was then questioned by those wiser than I was; would I feel safe walking through a dark alleyway? Would I leave the house late at night on my own? Would I leave my door unlocked whilst I slept?
I concluded reluctantly that the feeling of safety is subjective to what we feel comfortable with. I was familiar with the norms and levels of danger within my own culture so had learnt what scenarios to avoid. It was a pure, simplistic philosophy that could only come from a child, but the sad, stark reality of it has stuck with me ever since; nowhere in the world is truly safe.
Unfortunately, as far as safety and vulnerability is concerned, my gender hasn’t been as favourable as my geography. According to the UN, 1 in 2 women worldwide were killed by their partner or family, in comparison to 1 in 20 for males. 2.6 billion women worldwide live in countries where marital rape is still legal, and 98% of the victims of 21 million human trafficking victims worldwide are women.
Thankfully today, something my young mind wouldn’t have been able to fathom, there is a whole host of apps and devices have been developed to help women across the world feel safer. I could write a whole other blog on the positive influence the internet has had on women’s safety awareness, attitudes and building movements that fight acceptance of these crimes. [link to other blog on this when written]. But for now, I’ve listed below my top five apps and devices that I rely on regularly. Thank you technology.

 

1. StaySafe
This app allows a GPS track you for a pre-set amount of time and will send an emergency text to your contacts if you don’t respond to its check-in when that time is up.

5 Adventure Ideas That Also Help You Do Good

What can make going on a good adventure trip feel even better? When it helps bring a smile on the faces of orphaned children, or help conserve a habitat or power a village or support education for the underprivileged. With the advent of Voluntourism, travellers and adventure junkies have gone a step further to turn their adventure of a lifetime into an adventure that can transform lives as well. Organisations are getting creative with both travel and contributing to a cause. Here are some ideas to make your vacation fun and fruitful.

1) Relief Riders International

Join a camel caravan through the infinite desert of Rajasthan, experiencing both culture and adventure. The journey begins from a 600 year old fort in Harasar and finishes at the one of the oldest villages in Rajasthan, Pushkar. The finish brings you at the right time for the legendary Pushkar Camel Fair, where you can participate in races and a number of other equestrian events. This 15-day adventure takes you through several villages on rural Rajasthan where the relief riders volunteer for various healthcare, education and social welfare activities. Their next trip will in November.

2) Global Adventure Challenges: The Dalai Lama Trek

Beginning in Dalai Lama’s hometown, Dharamshala, the trek is a magnificent 5-day sojourn at the base of the mighty Himalayas, giving you a scenic and a cultural experience. It takes you through the Kingdom of Gaddi and the spectacular highlands and passes of Daula Dhar mountain range, introducing you to Hindu and Buddhist villages on the way. Their charity challenges have helped raise around £15 million. You can choose a charity of your choice to donate to.

3) Mera Terah Run

This rail-road-raise run kind of an adventure started by a young Bengaluru professional has created a huge impact at the grass root level, supporting youth development to conserving forest lands. The run is an endurance project which includes running half-marathon (13 miles) for 13 days in different cities to raise funds for charity. In addition to raising funds through the marathons, it also uses crowdfunding websites to add to the contributions. Here are a few successful crowdfunding campaigns by the organisation.

https://www.impactguru.com/mera-terah-run-enabling-volunteerism-harnessing-entitlements

https://www.impactguru.com/mera-terah-run-support-the-area-resource-center-in-the-slums-of-bhavnagar

4) The Adventurists: Rickshaw Run

Defined as the “least sensible thing to do” the Rickshaw Run is a life-changing, tuk-tuk-tumbling, knee-scratching, hell of a journey along the rough, unapologetic terrains of India. Riding around 3500 km by own self, excluding all luxury, in teams of three to four, this is easily the craziest adventure you will ever embark upon. Plus, each team raises fund for a particular cause along the way! Just like team Kohinoor Khiladis who are raising funds for 50 orphan children of SOS Children’s Village Shillong. They are using adventure and crowd funding to help support the education and welfare of these children for a year. You can contribute to their cause here.

5) Huma Charity Challenge

With different challenge types, adventure types and adventure destinations, this is your one-stop shop for doing some good adventure and doing some good. You can trek, run, hike, climb or cycle around the most beautiful terrains around the world. The organisation offers various options. It lets you pick your charity/cause by yourself for the adventure you take or opt for a charity challenge where a group of people supporting the same charity undertake a challenge (something absolutely crazy like trekking the Everest or walking through sections of the Grand Canyon etc.)  You can get more details and register here.

Are you ready for the challenge?