South Africa takes help of technology to prevent Gender based violence; a new app fights women abuse
Source :NewsBharati   Date :16-Aug-2017

Johannesburg, August 16: Gender based violence is a prevalent global problem. As technology is improving, South African women can now take help of technology to combat violence against them. South African women's rights organization People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) unveiled an app it hopes will help survivors of gender-based violence.

Social development and police departments, Vodacom is associated with the initiative. Android and Apple Smartphones can use the app. A directory of numbers, a list of service points and their numbers is available on the app. If the user presses the panic button a call will immediately go to a pre-programmed number.

After reporting the incident, a social worker will contact the victim to provide shelter if needed. “When you’re at home and you’re in danger, you can call a green door or white door and ask for an overnight shelter,” Powa’s Mokwena said in explaining how the app works.

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, politician and anti-apartheid activist said, “We have a struggle that is not over because women have not been completely emancipated. It’s not in terms of gender-based violence, but in terms of education and the economy.”