Safe and Secure: How Apps Are Helping Women Navigate Dangerous Paris Games Streets

Could mobile apps serve as a defense against street harassment?

In the Paris Games, women may face stress due to poorly lit streets, crowded areas and empty subway cars. To address this issue, several apps are being developed that help women feel safer and facilitate police intervention. The Sorority is one such app created exclusively for women in 2020 that allows users to alert their 50 closest friends with their GPS position in case of danger. Other women in the area receive notifications and can respond by providing assistance or contacting the police if necessary.

For Maja and Emma, who have faced dangerous situations, these apps provide a sense of security and support. With over 90,000 verified users, The Sorority has recently partnered with law enforcement to improve response times and assist users in distress. Similarly, Come has compiled a list of “safe places” where individuals can seek refuge if they feel threatened. This collaboration with law enforcement and the establishment of safe spaces aims to ensure the safety and well-being of users during events like the Olympic Games.

Sociologist Williams Nuytens emphasizes the potential for increased inappropriate behavior during large events like the Olympics, which can be exacerbated by factors such as alcohol consumption. Recognizing the prevalence of sexual assaults against women, the French Ministry of the Interior highlights the importance of initiatives like Come in addressing safety concerns during major events like Paris Games. By working with organizations like Olympic Games Committee and volunteers these apps aim to raise awareness and provide support to individuals facing aggression and violence during major events like Paris Games.

As we approach Paris Games it is crucial to promote safety and prevent violence against women. By leveraging technology and partnerships with law enforcement these apps play a vital role in empowering women create a safer environment for all during major events like Paris Games.

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