For many people, just walking to and from work can prove to be a dangerous act.
Every girl remembers the first time someone taught her how to lace her keys between her fingers whenever she walked alone.
Every woman I have ever spoken to admits to having a horror story involving a car or person following them.
Recently, Canberra, the Australian capital, is hoping to change that.
A new site, which was designed and managed by the Women's Center for Heath Matters and was funded by the Australian Capital Territory government, will serve as an interactive tool, enabling users to list where they feel unsafe and why.
Frances McNair, a woman who uses the site, said,
The Safety Mapping Tool can be accessed through an app or the website. McNair described using it, saying,
The app will ask for your gender, age, if you have impairments or disabilities that would impact your use of a public space and if there are other comments you would like to make.
Follow up questions, after you to mark a location, include how safe you felt in the area, why you felt that way, what day it was and at what time.
It's a simple enough program, but it could prove to change a lot of situations.
Marcia Williams from the Women's Center for Health Matters understands that, of course, this being the Internet, there will be trolls who abuse the app. Precautions have already been placed. She says,
The site will analyze the information and pass it on to the government.
ACT Minister for Women Yvette Berry said,
Good on ya', Canberra.