App to help women who are raped, abused


Image of Powa logo

Image of Powa logo

JOHANNESBURG – People Opposing Women Abuse (PowaA) is launching an app to help victims of gender-based violence.


The women’s rights organisation says the app will provide victims with information about the nearest non-governmental organisation that can help them. 

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Under-reporting of gender-based violence results from a lack of information, it says.

Powa executive director Nonhlanhla Mokoena explains why women need to be made aware of their rights.


"Lack of information makes women not report because they’re not aware of their rights. They’re not aware that if you’re mistreated you have a right to report the matter.”

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‘In the meantime, when you’re at home and you’re in danger, you can call a green door or white door and ask for an overnight shelter.’

Mokoena says green and white doors are places of safety on the app.

The app also links users to a command centre where social workers on hand to help.