This week's chat is with a really impressive woman called Jillian Kowalchuk who launched an app back in 2018 called Safe & the City - it’s now an award-winning app designed using real-time data to help people plan safe routes when walking around a city. Just over a month ago we had the very sad news story about Sarah Everard who disappeared in south London and her remains were found a few days later. Unsurprisingly, it created a massive wave of emotion, largely from women talking about feeling unsafe on the streets and questioning why we are still at risk - and why there isn’t more done to help stop the kinds of harassment that take place on a daily basis.
Jillian was a victim of harrassment when she was going to meet a friend in Soho and the route on Google Maps took her into a dark alleyway. She then decided more was needed to help women stay as safe as possible when walking around and how technology can play a major role in that.