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Being a woman is not easy in a world where you have to carefully select your clothes so as not to suffer when going out. Fortunately, times are getting comfortable and those situations, which were previously referred to as “compliments” or “praise” , today have another name . It's about street bullying , and there's not any of us who haven't had it in her life. Or am I the only one who turns up the volume of the headphones when he sees something being yelled at him? Based on this, four university students from the city of Concordia , Entre Ríos , created an application looking for solutions in this regard.
The authors of the project are Pía Caprarulo, Facundo Rayn, Matías Romero and Alfredo Martínez . They are going through the fourth year of the Industrial Engineering degree at the National Technological University (UTN), Regional Concordia. The aim is to link citizens with the prevention of this problem , which does not distinguish nationality or ethnicity. But it definitely does with gender. In this regard, the initiative is aimed at women of every year . And it arose from a subject that proposes to find a dilemma or hidden need of society and create an answer .
The initiative was presented to the mayor of the town, Alfredo Francolini . However, at the time of doing so, the young people were not alone . They were accompanied by Professor Ignacio Terenzano and Andrea Pereya, from the Technological Linkage Unit and member of the Gender Commission of the UTN . There, the mayor made available the technical and human resources to enable Caminá Conmigo to become a reality . Which, with dedication, in the future, will be able to counteract the naturalization that exists around street harassment as an entrenched and undesirable practice .
The students reported that the application consists of a contingency network, of which women will of course participate . Then, when you feel threatened , you can activate the call for help in various ways. It will also have a predefined voice command and a GPS alert will be sent to all those within a given radius. In addition, it will be free of charge and for its use will require a personalized registration to avoid its misuse. Finally, it provides for different functions aimed at deterring street stalkers .
As for the origin of the idea , Pía explained that it had to do with thinking about the problems we are going through day by day . In that context, the fear she felt every time she had to walk on the street alone came to mind. And he pointed out that it is a terror shared by women of all ages and social strata . So they wanted to create a platform that would serve to quench this dread with a citizen response .
The director of Citizen Security of the Municipality, Diego Pasarello , said that the project brought by the students is very important and remarkable . This is because it could serve as a complement to the panic button . This is aimed at victims of gender violence with judicial cases. Therefore, from the commune they understand that the application comes to meet a social demand that already exists. While it also offers the possibility of integrating into other ongoing initiatives and helping to improve a situation .
Publication Date: 27/09/2020
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