NiDARR: Smartphone app to prevent gender-based violence

KATHMANDU: NiDARR, a smartphone application designed to provide individuals with a secure and private platform to stay connected to their circles, report gender-based violence and maximise their safety to prevent violence before it happens has been launched.

NiDARR, meaning "fearless" in Nepali, enables the users to send messages to their safety contact circles with their current location, use an Instant Rescue Button and Panic Button to set up a false alarm to alert their surrounding in a sticky situation, and report gender-based violence with pictures and audio relevant to the incident from anywhere in Nepal.

The report will be sent to response partners who will then provide their services within 12-24 hours, informed the app developer organisation, Ujyalo Foundation.

Safety Check-In and Contact Service Directory are two other features of the app, which provides the user access to emergency and non-emergency number.

The service directory is geo-mapped, which means the list of organisation closer to the user's current location will be displayed first.

Ujyalo Foundation is a young women-led NGO with a mission to support the advancement of young women and their ideas through innovation, social enterprise and gender-inclusive leadership in Nepal.

Launching the app on Friday, Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal Glenn White said Australia was committed to supporting and partnering with other countries to end violence against women through support services such as health and emergency accommodation, improving justice systems and preventing violence against women and girls in the first place.