Standing up for safety

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Growing up in Dhaka City, the two girls expressed that they were frustrated at seeing reports of violence in the newspapers. Perhaps the biggest shock was when one of these incidents happened to a person they knew. So they set out to find a way to avoid such tragedies from happening in the future.

The “Telenor Youth Summit Idea Contest” provided them with a platform to express their ideas on safety for women, an issue near and dear to their hearts. What made this competition even more appealing was the fact that the two sisters could work together as a team.

Safa and Sami’s passion for women’s safety in Bangladesh earned them a spot at the Telenor Youth Summit

Their idea was a mobile technology-based security system called “BipodBarta”. A fast affordable security solution, BipodBarta is a mobile service, available as both speed-dial and app. It allows you to send messages to chosen contacts, NGOs and/or the local authorities through a single dial in times of danger or emergency. You may also report a crime via voice SMS instead of taking the risk of complaining at the police station. The idea is that Grameenphone, a part of Telenor Group will maintain a database of complaints and will forward it to the relevant authorities.

It is a fast, easy, personalized and affordable security solution that raises your chance of being assisted before a crime, and receiving justice after it. It has innovative features like sending location updates to message recipients, collaboration with NGO’s and local authorities and both pre- and post-crime reporting.

Safa and Sami’s passion for women’s safety in Bangladesh earned them a spot at the Telenor Youth Summit. Today they are continuing their work towards improving safety for women in their country. Learn more about BipodBarta at http://tasneemsafa.wix.com/bipodbarta.