South Africans have been horrified by the murder and abuse of women for the past few years. There have been calls for a "national shutdown" to protest femicide in South Africa. Women have taken to Twitter to tweet #AmINext - asking if they will become the next victim of murder or abuse. Amid the national distress, the foundation seeks to respond to this scourge of murder of women in the country. In 2018 a presidential summit which involved all arms of the state was convened. Women shared their experiences and even went as far as showing the scars on their body and these are a constant reminder of how lucky they are that today they are still alive.
The overall impression from research and interviews leads us to believe that we need something that is formulated into 3 overarching camps: preventative, emergency response, and reporting and evidence building. These have to be successfully integrated into 1 programme. These can be represented via a cyclical format, as some facets no doubt feed into other impact areas, i.e. prevention through advocacy created by evidence building, or women murder reports filed as a result of police alerts via emergency response features. Public awareness and willingness of the given community to tackle the issue at hand would drive the use of the mobile app. Thus meaning that a lack of successfully scaled mobile campaigns in this field suggest that in the absence of public action, mobile tech becomes ineffective and actually risks causing more damage than good. To clarify, if there is no one at the other end of the line to take the problem seriously, then why bother reporting it at all. Expecting too much from tech in this way can be harmful to those already vulnerable to these crimes, creating a façade of progress when behind the smoke and mirrors, the structural problems still remain. However, when local demands, digital skills, and support services are considered, and the many clusters of the mobile industry come together to support this innovation, Through the mobile app developed by the foundation and its partners, this services demonstrate capacity to bridge the real-world/digital world divide for social good. The Foundation would equip society through campaigns and partnerships with NGO’s to promote the platform/application, encouraging users to flag up incidences of potential Femicide, abuse, sexual harassment against women on the streets. Users can access the free app or use the app as a panic button to report what they have witnessed or experienced. The application has been integrated with a geo-location facility so that it can immediately flag the location of the incident. Following the report is stored in an online database and platform in the form of a hotspot map . This data then forms the basis for diverse community outreach campaigns targeting hotspots. In combination with these tech-centric efforts, they try to tackle this problem facing our country.
The Foundation will attempt to provide an overview of how mobile and the wider telecommunications industry can be leveraged, how to tackle FEMICIDE through the development of a mobile app and other products. Specifically to target gender-based violence, harassment and FEMICDE. The idea of this mobile app will be to prevent, enforce and measure the success rate of convictions through a mobile-based tools. When technology is creatively implemented through a marriage of the digital and the actuals, this assist to keep this topic at the centre of government and society. This particular app will adopt a more preventative stance towards Violence Against Women (VAW) through mobile by advertising apps that map out security threat hotspots. The zero rated facility also provides access for females with no access to internet to file a report (contributing more to a body of evidence than providing security at the time of the incident). The Foundation has been designed more for prevention and support is tailored to the demands and the capabilities of the users for (male/female, digitally literate/ illiterate, cost appropriate), and albeit with great potential.