Women create apps against harassment

According to an IFOP study in 2018, 86% of French women are victims of sexual assault or harassment at least once in their lives. In response to those situations, some women created applications to fight against those sexist assaults.

Sara Saidi
Sara Saidi NewsMavens, France
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Why this story matters:

Pauline, Caroline and Anaïs are the founders of "Garde Ton Corps" (Protect Your Body). The app was launched on March 8, 2018. It allows the women of Aix-en-Provence, a city in the South of France to find a secure place in case of an assault in the street. The secure place can be a restaurant, a coffeeshop, a night club or an hotel. 

Like 86% of women in France, Pauline, Caroline and Anaïs were also victims of street harassment. That is why they decided to create "Garde Ton Corps". Aix-En-Provence’s municipality supported their efforts. For now, the application has been downloaded more than 3,700 times in the city of 140,000 inhabitants. Other municipalities are also interested by the application. 

in 2016, Alma Guirao created  "Bas les Pattes" (Hands Aways ) to allow women to warn and testify when they are victims of sexist assault. Nowadays the application is used by 40,000 persons. It also demonstrates that sexist assault can take place day and night, irrespective of the victim’s outfit. The goal is to write a report to politicians and make them react. 

Diariata N’Diaye is a French artist. Her application "App-Elles" (call) is now used by 800 women every month. The application allows you to reach out to three contacts in case of assault. But even more important, it gives the victim a list of associations  contacts to call if they need to confide to someone.

Details from the story:

  • According to an IFOP study in 2018, 86% of French women are victims of sexual assault or harassment in the street at least once in their lives.
  • Some women created apps to fight against those sexist assaults. 
  • Pauline, Caroline and Anaïs are the founders of "Garde Ton Corps" (Protect your Body).
  • The application allows women of Aix-en-Provence, a city in South of France to find a secure place in case of assault in the street.
  • Alma Guirao, created in 2016 "Bas les pattes" (Hands Aways ) to allow women to warn and testify when they are victims of sexist assault.
  • French artist Diariata N’Diaye created App-Elles (call) which is now used by 800 women every month. 
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