Women’s safety app backed by Home Office is insulting, experts say

Campaigners argue that tracking journeys does nothing to tackle male violence and may be open to abuse

Women’s safety campaigners have called the Home Office’s backing of an app that allows users to track their friends’ journeys home “insulting to women and girls”, arguing that it does nothing to tackle the issue of men’s violence against women.

The new app provides anyone walking home at night with a monitored route on their phone. If the walker moves more than 40 metres from the route or stops for more than three minutes, the app asks if they are OK. If there is no reply, nominated “guardians” – normally friends and family – receive a notification on their phones to say there has been a deviation. They can then check on the person in question and alert the police if they are unable to do so.

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Crime, Violence against women and girls, Women, Domestic violence, Society, Rape and sexual assault, Sexual harassment, UK news UK news | The Guardian

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