Government to Empower Women with Safety App against Threats, Abuse, Online Trolling
After a few years of hibernation following the ghastly Delhi gang rape in 2012, Indian government finally announced to digitally empower women with a safety app against threats of physical violence and trolling on social media. ‘I am Trolled’ app, to be launched soon, is a women’s day special gift to the women of India from the Union Minister Maneka Gandhi. Women facing threats offline or online will be able to seek help in real time through the I am Trolled app.
Shouting App is another safety tool for women in the offing. It will integrate ‘panic button’ which was promised earlier by the government. Shouting App will become operational by the end of March 2017. Mandated by a directive from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, mobile hardware companies are working to add the apps to their upcoming products.
The Union Minister Maneka Gandhi’s agenda for women safety is not limited to the soon-to-launched apps. It also includes a plan to set up 600 one-stop help centers in the next two years. Named ‘Sakhi,’ the centers will be operated to help women with various issues related to health, domestic violence, etc.
There is a lot more in the offing for the women of India. The government is also working on the plan to set up ‘Women Entrepreneurship Council,’ in a bid to support and empower small-scale women entrepreneurs in urban and rural India. The Union Ministry of Women Development and Children has collaborated with Amazon, a leading eCommerce portal, to launch ‘Mahila-e-Haat’ online, a dedicated platform for women to market their homemade merchandise.