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Safe Space was launched so women and members of the LGBTIQA+ community could report gender-based violence, much like reporting traffic incidents.

 

South Africa (31 August 2020) – Safe Space is a non-profit company that has just launched an early warning system to detect Gender-Based Violence hotspots. Safe Space is a female-run and owned Non-Profit Company that aims to fight Gender-Based Violence through social awareness generated by user-based incident reporting.

Users can report GBV incidences, including but not limited to non-official reportable incidences such as catcalling and groping, or even the general safety of an area. These reports will be fed onto the live map, which can be accessed by other users. Much like one would consult their traffic app’s before leaving home, Safe Space can be accessed to gauge the safety of areas from the Live Map on the website.

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It is understandable that gender-based violence is deeply ingrained in our society and will not be eradicated overnight, however Safe Space endeavours to empower women and the LGBTIQA+ community through the creation of holistic, safe spaces in one’s mind, home and society. The website can be used to access various resources in order to create these safe spaces, with updated shelter databases, emergency contact numbers, psychological resources, self-defence training, merchandise, a live-user based reporting mechanism and so much more.

As professionals who have worked with, and been survivors of Gender-Based Violence, founding directors Nakita Naee’lah Dellwaria and Chloe Homer are passionate about creating innovative, proactive solutions to the Gender-Based Violence pandemic South Africa is facing.

The official launch took place on the 24th of August 2020, commemorating the death of Uyinene Mrwetyana, a 19-year-old woman who was raped and then bludgeoned to death with a scale in a Post Office in August 2019, a place she thought would be a safe enough space to be in.

Safe Space understands that women and the LGBTIQA+ community are under threat everywhere they go, because GBV is prevalent across all races, ages, religions, cultures, or socio-economic standings – which is exactly why we have created the solution to equip women and the LGBTIQA+ community with a tool to help ensure their safety- Soweto to Sandton, Greenpoint to Mitchells Plain. Safe Space is a tool to be used nationwide.

Follow the Safe Space team on Social Media to keep up with the reclaiming of spaces through non-abrasive chalking events nationwide, or visit their website by clicking here.


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  1. This is really interesting, and I am sure it will help many women identify safe places. I do travel a lot and mostly during nights and early mornings. I am learning self-defence techniques from blogs and websites. This helps me be strong and have a positive mindset to defend myself.

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