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.

7 People who dared to change the world.

“It’s a bad, bad world”, goes a song that was written in the ’90s, and it very well resembles the world we live in today. Fortunately there are some people, who hope to change the way it has been, and strive for a better future.

They are people who have done the unthinkable and managed to spread a little hope in an otherwise hopeless world.

At Impact Guru we believe that everyone has the potential to do good and everyone has the power to initiate a change in the society.

Here are some awesome humans who have taken the worst from the society and given back their best. They have indeed dared to make a difference :

 

1)   Malala Yousafzai – the Pakistani nobel prize laureate who turned 19 just this week, has strived for justice for young girls in her country. Helping people comes naturally to her.

In a hostile environment that was controlled by the Taliban, she defied all odds to make education available to every girl who wished for it.

She rallied for her cause, inspite of getting shot by the Taliban when she was just 16.

Her bravery and passion won her worldwide recognition and mostly a new platform to empower her cause.

 

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2)   Medha Patkar – The renowned Indian activist who initiated the “Narmada Bachao” campaign has become a legend in her own sense.

She campaigned for the tribals who were voiceless when it came to fight for their rights.

Hers was a fight against the government that decided to build a range of dams in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and uproot entire clans of tribals and adivasis from their livelihood.

Her determination to push every limit to get them justice is commendable!

 

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3)   Nancy Goodman Brinker: You may not recognize Ms. Brinker’s name, but her contribution is one that has touched many lives and is still helping people.

Nancy’s journey began when her sister Susan died of breast cancer in her mid-thirties, Nancy promised her sister that she would do all she could to help the half-million women worldwide who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

Today, research grants dispensed by the “Susan G. Komen Foundation” have contributed to new treatments that have led to a marked decrease in the mortality rate.

In August this year, President Obama awarded Nancy (who is a breast cancer survivor) with the Medal of Freedom for her work.
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4)   His Holiness The Dalai Lama – Most of us know him to be a religious leader who lives a hermit’s life. But he is also a social reformer who has strived to make the life of his people better.

The Tibetan population has been under the Chinese persecution for decades now.

His holiness The Dalai Lama is known as the face of the Tibetan fight for justice globally.

He has even risked his life on occasion, to protect the rights that the Tibetan people deserve. He has contributed a great deal in terms of human rights, children’s education and advocacy against war & terrorism and continues helping people.

 

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5)   Kailash Satyarthi– We witness thousands of child related crimes every day. Most children do not even know what they are entitled to and often suffer in silence.

Kailash Satyarthi is an Indian children’s rights and education advocate and an activist against child labour.

He founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 1980 and has acted to protect the rights of more than 83,000 children from 144 countries and continues to contribute to society with his work. Amazing, no? 

 

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6)   Angelina Jolie–  Surprised to see this name here? Well don’t be. Once a person oblivious to  people’s suffering, was transformed after a visit to a war torn Cambodia.

Since then she has ventured far and high to help those who have been affected by the various violent terrorist and are struggle in the war zones.

She was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and her humanitarian work really got going. 

 

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7)   David Suzuki– We have abused the environment way beyond it deserves, but Dr. David has initiated a wave of transformation that hopes to preserve the environment.

Dr David Suzuki is a longtime activist who has advocated proactive ways to reverse global climatic change.

He has advocated ways in which we can protect the environment and with time even undo the damage we have done to it.
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Still wondering how to help others?

Well, if you want to contribute to the society, if you have a cause close to your heart, you can begin here.