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Safetee: How new app is combating violence against women

By Laju Iren

With Hillary Clinton losing the United States elections, and Aisha Buhari being figuratively relegated to ‘other room,’ it might seem like women around the world don’t have much to be happy about. The situation is even worse in this part of the world where very few cases of violence against women ever get to trial let alone convictions.

It must have been with this in mind that at a Hackathon in August, a team of young developers came up with Safetee; a platform that lets women quickly and easily make  emergency contacts in dangerous situations and helps to record evidence for prosecution where necessary.

According to one of its co-founders, Mr. Ilo Calistus, “It’s an evidence and edu-data driven solution built to help reduce violence against women and help get justice via the provision of assault evidences beyond written and verbal statements.”

The ‘Buttons’ feature on the app ensures that users in trouble get help with just the touch of a button. The ‘Come get me’ button immediately uploads the location of the user and contacts those in her circle of trust to come rescue her. ‘Call, I need an interruption’ ensures that users can contact those closest to them in case they need to be rescued from dates that put them in compromising situations.

‘I need to talk’ is specifically designed to connect victims of sexual abuse or violence to Non Governmental Organisations, counsellors and legal agencies that can help.

The App, which is to be launched in January 2017 will be available for free to all android users on the Google play platform. ` Speaking on the initiative, Calistus said: “It is always troubling when you hear that a young woman has been raped, or a house help has been terribly abused by her guardians.

Usually, nothing is done to bring these perpetrators to justice. In fact, research shows that in the history of Nigeria, only eighteen people have been convicted of rape. This is because there usually isn’t enough evidence to prosecute according to the country’s legal system.”

Although still in its developmental stages, Safetee’s influence has spread rapidly. The start-up was recently recognized by Interswitch and Co-Creation Hub at a workshop organized by both parties.

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