WEAR IT, END VIOLENCE
The idea for SafeBangle originated at a time when there were many killings and kidnappings of women in Uganda. The cases were often dismissed because of lack of evidence and failure of timely reporting. We wanted to use technology to overcome this and prevent the suffering of women.
At the moment 56% of women aged 14-49 will experience violence but just 22% will report. We asked ourselves “why?”. Women often want to report but feel they cannot, due to lack of trust in the police, not knowing who to turn to and fear of stigma.
We believe SafeBangle will help these women by creating a loud alarm to scare away perpetrators and call people close by, as well as contacting chosen close friends and family that are able to provide immediate help for victims.
We have designed a wearable safety device, to protect women and girls at the point of attack.
The stylish bangle has a hidden 120db alarm, that has been shown to scare away perpetrators and call the attention of people nearby, it also is fitted with a GSM and sim card so that when activated it sends an automated text with your location to 3 pre-programmed emergency contacts. An easy to press button on the bangle, will activate these functions, calling help as soon as possible in the case of attack. It is fashionable lightweight and easy to use.
HOW TO USE
We believe SafeBangle can protect any woman in Uganda who has ever felt scared or vulnerable to attack. If danger occurs SafeBangle calls help from nearby and alerts friends and family , providing protection at the point of attack.
1.Get a SafeBangle and register your emergency contacts
2.Keep your SafeBangle with you at all times
3. In the case of an attack simpply press the button to activate the SafeBangle functions. This will sound a loud alarm, calling poeple nearby and scaring the attacker. It will also send an automated message to your contacts with your location.
4.If you hve been attacked, or had a near miss we can signpost you to other NGOs and support services.
MEET THE TEAM
RESARCH AND OPERATIONS
Saul is innovation fellow resilient Africa Network MUSPH while completing his Bachelor’s degree in development studies. He is passionate about helping people and the co-founder and operational manager for SafeBangle.
Messach holds a Bachelor's Degree in Software Engineering - Makerere University, Kampala. He specializes in Embedded Systems Development and is a product developer for SafeBangle.
MEDIA AND STRATEGY
For most of the year Beth works remotely from the UK, where she is studying Human Sciences at Magdalen College, Oxford.
In the past year she has worked on marketing routes, design and buisness planning for SafeBangle. For this work she was awarded the Vice-Chancellors social enterprise prize 2019
Dorothy is a fourth year studying for a bachelor's degree in software engineering. She also is the Vice President of the Makerere University College of Information and Communication Technology
Ambrose is a graduate of Makerere Universty in Kampala where he studied agriculture.
He is now focussed on innovating new ways to reduce violence against woment and girls.
He is a 2019 Young African Leadership Initiative Nairobi fellow, the 2018, SWISSCONTACT-CURAD IT based young entrepreneur of the year and a 2017-2018 Big Ideas-UC Berkley finalist