Smartphones against Gender Violence: Dharavi the Example to Follow

Between 300,000 and 1 million people live in Dharavi, a Mumbai neighborhood in which poverty is the protagonist and which produced numerous cases of gender-based violence. There a NGO called SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) has managed more than 160 women volunteers lend their help to share the problem with the help of a unique ally: the smartphone.

according to POLITICSEZINE.COM,The Agency launched the so-called Little Sister Project, an initiative funded by the Organization of the United Nations in which women trained for this purpose they used smartphones based on Android, and with a specific application and recorded incidents of violence against women in order to alert the authorities and prevent the largest possible number of tragedies.

Smartphones as a tool against such abuses

In those smartphones these women have a form and an application called EyeWatch that allow all data on any incident of this type can be sent to the workers of this organism. In the forms they may include audio and video recordings to document the incident, from which the victims – if they survive – can receive health or psychological assistance as well as the potential complaint to police.

The SNEHA organization has already submitted the first report resulting from the first six months of this project activity. 345 women survivors of these attacks 33% indicated that substances such as alcohol or drug abuse was responsible for the violence, while 30% commented that the economic problems were the trigger for the violence. 26%, however, didn’t identify the cause of these outbursts of violence. The verbal attacks constituted 70% of the cases, by 59% in that physical violence appeared to present, but also 16% declared having suffered sexual violence.

The problem of the gender violence in Dharavi is more apparent when we learn that 40% of these women suffer such attacks on a daily basis. Nayreen Daruwalla, Director of the program of prevention of violence against women and children said to recruit these voluntary workers (sanginis) was a way of helping women to “develop mechanisms to deal with gender-based violence and to achieve to manage these problems independently showing zero tolerance”.

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