Blog 4 (Fall 2016) – Women’s Rights, by Haylee Mariucci

While researching women’s rights, I looked at three specific programs that are working to improve women’s rights in developing countries. The three programs I looked at were Womankind, Krousar Koumrou, and Safe Agent 008. Even while living in a developed country women’s right are still a big issue that women face every day. When we look at women’s rights in the developing world we see that women are struggling even more. The three programs I researched are working to help women know they have rights, help women who are being deprived of their rights, and make a change of how the world, as a whole perceives women.

a

Womankind was founded on International Women’s Day in 1989. Womankind works with partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. They provide direct support for women and girls who need to get away from violence, they give information about their rights, and give funding for women to start their own businesses. Womankind’s main aims are to end violence against women, ensure women have a say in the decisions that affect them, and enable women to take control of their own livelihoods. There are three steps they take to accomplish these aims, number one, delivering change. With their partners, they develop and deliver a range of products and services to help women and girls change their lives around the world. This also includes making women more aware of their rights, making voices heard more widely. The second step is supporting women’s rights organizations. By supporting other organizations, it gives women’s rights programs stability and capacity to develop and to implement activities to promote and protect women’s rights. The third step is to promote women’s right internationally. They want to influence decision makers on a local, regional, national, and international level (Womankind Worldwide, 2016).

b

The other two programs I looked at were created because the Asia Foundation partnered with Golden Gekko and the United Kingdom for International Development. Together they created three apps to support women’s right, and I looked at two of the three. The two apps I researched were Krousar Koumrou and Safe Agent 008. Krousar Koumrou was created by Dany Sun. Krousar Koumrou is a women’s group in Cambodia using technology in the form of an app to spread the word that domestic violence is not normal. Krousar Koumrou uses animation to teach women about their rights. In the form of stories, Krousar Koumrou tells women about their rights and at the end quizzes them. It also, connects women to services such as pro bono legal advice, psycho-social support, shelter, and Medicare (Cambodia, 2016).

c

Safe Agent 008 is the second app I looked at. Safe Agent 008 was created by a Cambodian Women’s Activist named Rachana Bunn. This app won the 2015 VXW award. The app launched in June 2015 and can be downloaded on Google Play or the App Store. The app was designed to keep women safe when in public places. It is a messaging system that allows women to quickly and discretely contact up to 10 friends or family members when feeling unsafe. The app sends details of location using GPS to each person contacted. There is also an alarm to alert passers-by when the user feels they are in danger (Asia Foundation, 2015).

d

Each of these programs are working to better women’s rights all around the globe. Through the use of technology, we can make more people aware of women’s right. Throughout my research and the research of the other students in class it was made clear to me that women’s rights is not just an issue for women. Men and women need to work together to end the issues that arise with women’s rights. Right now, it is unclear if women and men will ever be seen as equal, but until we stop treating it as a specifically “women’s” issue we won’t get very far. It is an issue that address both men and women together.

 

Sources

Asia Foundation. “SafeAgent 008 — Social Tech Guide.” Social Tech Guide. N.p., 25 Sept. 2015. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Cambodia, Stuff. “Activist Apps Aim to End Violence against Women.” Stuff Cambodia. N.p., 11 Nov. 2016. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Kasztelan, Marta. “Cambodia Activists Pin Hopes on Apps to Turn Tide of Violence Against Women.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 21 Sept. 2015. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Womankind Worldwide.” Womankind Worldwide. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

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