South Africa 10.8.2018 11:55 am

Four cutting edge safety apps for women

Picture: iStock

Picture: iStock

Safety for women is still a major issue across South Africa. Here are some cellphone applications that have been developed for women.

Despite the world having evolved into a technological hub of innovation and progression, women are still regularly subjected to personal attacks, violence, rape and abuse.

In South Africa alone, the amount of reported cases of women being abducted, raped and killed has risen at an alarming rate. Technology can play a significant role in trying to combat the issue of women feeling unsafe.

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The following apps have been developed in an attempt to increase a sense of safety for women.

1. MySOS SA

MySOS SA is a locally developed app that offers users access to contact details and addresses for doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, dentists, vets and police stations in South Africa. It also has a special feature called mySOS Track Me, that can track your journey anywhere in SA. If you are running late, it checks your GPS location and notifies your emergency SOS contacts. This app will definitely come in handy since we have numerous emergency service providers in the private and public sector.

Download it here.

2. Namola App

Namola is a free mobile safety app that allows South African citizens to Get Help Fast in emergency situations. Namola is available for free anywhere in South Africa and already has 200 000 users. In an emergency, users can request assistance from public emergency services, such as SAPS, Metro Police, Fire & Rescue, and ambulance services.

Download it here.

3. Bull Horns App

Bull Horns first burst into the spotlight in South Africa in 2014. Made by App Developer Studio, the Bull Horns app allows a panic button to be added to a user’s smartphone. It allows the user to dial their security company or the police automatically in an emergency situation. The app is available exclusively for Apple smartphones and is free to download and use. It allows up to five private contacts (preferably who live close by) to be notified in case of an emergency.

Download it here.

4. Women Safety App

Women Safety app is designed to inform and update your close ones if you are in an unsafe place. The app is the fastest and easiest way to update your close ones about your location and other details. With just a tap of a button, the app sends an SMS to a preconfigured number along with your location and a link to Google Map. The app also captures two pics, one with front camera and the other with back camera, and a video or audio clip and uploads it to our server. A link to the pic, audio or video is emailed to a preconfigured email Id(s).

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