A U.S.-based non-governmental organization has developed a forensic mobile application, called MediCapt that can be used on cell phones and can map dangerous areas for women who live in unsafe environments and fear for their life and well-being.
The device running the app was presented Monday, at a panel organized in New York by the Japanese Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
“The app will help preserve forensic evidence for mass atrocities that can be used in courts”, Karen Naimer, the program director for Physicians for Human Rights said.
The GPS based technology is created to work in many places, including remote areas where women might feel even more unsafe. The device maps out dangerous areas such as bars and local shops and places where they feel comfortable to be in, such as schools.
The information collected on this device is then used to work with municipal and national officials to better highlight the challenges women have to face on a daily basis.
“Sexual violence is used as a weapon of war to humiliate and destroy communities and there is widespread impunity for these crimes”, Naimer said, according to Kyodo.
Japan, which has recently contributed $4.5 million to programs to prevent violence against women in countries such as Somalia, Libya, Mali and the Central African Republic, worked with the U.N. Trust Fund to End Violence against Women to sponsor the panel called “Harnessing the Power of Technology to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls”.