Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) on Wednesday arranged a demonstration of an upgraded ‘Safe Women’ mobile phone application developed for female commuters of Pink Sakura Buses. Following procurement of Pink Sakura buses in Mardan and Abbottabad, the app has been upgraded to allow commuters to connect with their family and friends while travelling through live location sharing feature. Safe Women is an initiative of the KPITB for the ‘Sakura Bus Project’ of KP Government with financial support from the Government of Japan and technical support from UN Women Pakistan and UNOPS.
Advisor to Chief Minister on Information Technology Mr. Ziaullah Bangash, female members of provincial assembly, representatives from Trans Peshawar – Sakura Bus Operating Company, KPCSW officials, and UN Women and UNOPS representatives were present during the demo. “Through this Safety App, women and girls can share their live location with trusted contacts, give distress signals to family and friends, call police emergency numbers, rate the safety level of the location and check the live location of the buses,” shared Managing Director KPITB Dr. Shahbaz Khan while giving the demo.
Ziaullah Bangash, Advisor to Chief Minister on Information Technology, applauded UN Women’s efforts for working towards creating a safe working environment for the women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and expressed his desire for expanding the scale of the Safe Women App across the Province.
Ms. Ayesha Bano, Member of Provincial Assembly and General Secretary of the Women Parliamentary Caucus, said that information technology could play a great role in ensuring safety of vulnerable population and that Safe Women App would enable the users to stay connected with their families and feel safe during their travel time.
Ms. Sajida Hanif, Member Provincial Assembly from Mardan, said that safety measures for female commuters when they leave their homes are important and will boost their family’s confidence about their safety.
Ms. Zainab Qaiser Khan, Head of Sub Office UN Women KP, said: “UN Women Pakistan, as the specialized agency for promoting gender equality.