Women experience various safety threats in public spaces which impacts their freedom, and participation in public life, causing anxiety and depression. Ending violence against women and their harassment is a critical aspect of the sustainable development goal of ‘gender equality’. Many technology-mediated solutions are posited to help women remain safe. Yet, the literature lacks an understanding of the nature and evidence of the technology affordances aimed at fulfilling women’s safety needs. We use social determination theory and needs-affordances-features framework to propose design solutions for building applications with features that enable relevant affordances towards women's safety. The current research stage, further steps, and potential contributions of the study are discussed.
Shroff, Bhavya and Pandey, Neena, "The ‘Appification’ of Women Safety in Public Spaces? Needs-Affordances Based Features for Technology-Mediated Women Safety Solutions" (2024). SIGHCI 2023 Proceedings. 20.