Even though it shouldn't feel this way, being a woman in public can sometimes feel very unsafe. Research conducted by Cornell University in 2015 found that 85 percent of women in the United States have experienced street harassment before the age of 18. Recently, a safety app for women produced by PLAN International, called Unsafe In The City, looked at five cities in 2018 — Delhi, Sydney, Kampala, Lima, and Madrid — and had women pin particular places where they'd felt unsafe onto city maps. But beyond gathering data about dangerous spaces, there are also many apps that might be able to help us band together and get home safely.
Walking home alone at night, going out with a stranger, exploring an unknown place, getting lost — all are situations in which women have felt vulnerable. We all have our tips and tricks if we think we're be may be in a dangerous situation: sticking to brightly lit places with people around, calling a friend, walking with our keys between our knuckles. Apps that hope to make women safe take various different approaches, but many are based on the idea that your phone can be your lifeline. Make sure you keep it fully charged and get these apps to keep yourself safe.