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New version of safety app for women to be launched
Central News Agency
2014-08-18 07:27 PM
Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) A Taipei-based women's rights group and a local mobile developer are teaming up to launch an upgraded version of "HelpMee," an app aimed at ensuring women can stay safe both in public and at home, the group said Monday. The Taipei Women's Rescue Foundation and Chylyng Co. will announce the new version of the iOS and Android app, which sends emergency messages to designated contacts and law enforcement agencies, at a press conference on Tuesday, the foundation said. The new features aim to increase ways for women suffering domestic violence at home or harassment at night clubs to protect themselves, the foundation said. More details are set to be revealed Tuesday. Through the app, users can seek help from police or an emergency contact. It also features a flashlight, alarm lamp and siren, and is marketed as helpful for people of both genders in need. Chylyng developed a new version of "HelpMee" after receiving suggestions from the foundation, which has been extending help to victims of domestic violence. The foundation has worked to help sex slaves, women and children who experience domestic violence and women who were trafficked to Taiwan to work in the sex industry. (By Elaine Hou)
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