National Women’s Month and Women’s Day come around every August, and South African women get praised for their beauty, grace, resilience and contribution to society. What Women’s Month doesn’t help curb, however, is the constant fear in which the majority of South African women have to live with.
In a country plagued with an alarming rate of GBV (Gender-Based Violence), it would be disingenuous to celebrate women but not shed light on the dangers of navigating this country as a woman. The onus of preventing GBV should not be on women or potential victims but, the reality of living in a country overrun by crime dictates that we inherently manoeuvre with the utmost caution.
In addition to much-needed pampering this Women’s Day, here are the three safety apps that every woman should have for a concrete safety plan when you need it.
This app allows you to:
- Monitor family and loved one’s location for safety
- Panic Button functionality for emergency response
- National coverage throughout South Africa
This app is a:
- Panic button
- Supports 2-way voice communication
- GPS tracking
This app is the official SA Police Service app that allows you to:
- Report crime anonymously
- Find the nearest police station and social services centres
- Send emergency messages to police
- Check the status of a case number
Here are some additional safety tips for women:
- Never pull over when someone gestures something is wrong with your car; rather drive to the nearest petrol station to check if something is indeed wrong with your car
- Always lock your car doors when you’re driving
- When having your car serviced or fixed; only give your car keys, detach your home keys
- Be alert in parking lots especially in the dark; ask someone to accompany you to your car
- Be aware of your surroundings and stay off your phone
- Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right in any situation, remove yourself and text a loved one for safety
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