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New App Launched for Girls to Identify Unsafe Places in the City

Plan International Uganda has Friday launched a new mobile application to  help  adolescent  girls in the city,  especially in Kampala to uncover  the areas  that  are safe  and those that are unsafe for them.

Launching the new app named, “Safe for Her” at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, the State Minister for  ICT  Aidah Nantaba,  in her remarks read by the Permanent  Secretary in the Ministry Vincent Waiswa  Bagire,  said that although Kampala city is one of the  fastest  growing  in Africa at a rate of 5.6%, the  growth has come along with security challenges especially to  young girls and women

“Girls and women remain the biggest vulnerable population when it comes to urban development. In Kampala 80% of the girls report  feeling unsafe in public  spaces,  particularly  in the markets, on the streets  and recreational  centres,  due to high incidences  of rape  and  theft,” remarked the minister.

“Girls continue to feel unsafe as well, on public transportation, when walking and when using passenger taxis and motorcycles.”

The minister revealed that the app will also help security stakeholders fighting crimes committed against young women.

“We want girls to be heard. We want their experience of the city to be known to people with power, for them to make change. With this Application we can now collect data on safety,  which is often  not readily  available  and it will  certainly  act  as a tool for preventive measures  against  all forms of Girls’ abuse which is on the increase in the city. With this app, one will now know which this place is safe and which one to avoid.”

The Application was adopted under the Safer Cities for Girls Programme, which is a locally  led programme  developed  and implemented  in partnership   between  Plan International, Women  in Cities  International  and the United  Nations  Human  Settlements Programme.

The Kampala programme  commenced in 2016  and is being implemented in the divisions of  Kawempe,  Rubaga and  Makindye  to tackle  issues of safety and security  for the adolescent  girls there.

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Through this App,  young girls and women  are encouraged  to use  the web based  map  of their  city  and dropping  a purple    pin  on areas they enjoy  and an orange one on the precise locations where they feel  unsafe.

The application development comes at a time when the country is experiencing rampant abducting of younger girls and women, many of whom have been killed by the criminals

Kampala   Central MP Mohamed Nsereko said the developing and sharing of tools like this app, which are adaptable for the girls is important in order to enhance gender equality, inclusion, and sustainable development that can be utilized to achieve the sustainable Development Goals.

 

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