The sad reality is that we live in an increasingly violent society in which the fear of crime is persistent. Personal safety has become a subject of importance for everyone, especially for women. SuperSeva Services organized a Women’s Safety Awareness Activity to motivate their women employees to take charge and learn how to protect themselves.
“Better safe than sorry. When work and lifestyles require women to live, travel and commute alone, how should they maintain their own safety and welfare” was the agenda of the program. They were educated on how to make simple lifestyle changes and incorporate them into their everyday lives, which would dramatically decrease their chances of being the victim of an attack or a physical crime.
Things that every woman should know about their personal safety:
• The first, and most important, component in self-defense is Awareness: awareness of yourself, your surroundings, and your potential attacker’s likely tactics.
• Pick your mode of transport wisely – make sure that the mode of transport chosen is safe with or without people around.
• It’s worth pretending to make a call and read out the taxi/rickshaw registration number as well as informing the called person about your whereabouts. It makes the driver aware of the fact that he may be tracked . Utilize the power of Social Media.Location services provided by social media app is a very discreet service for letting one’s friends /relatives know where they are at that particular time.
• Use your sixth sense or gut feeling or your instinct. ‘’ Learn to trust this gifted power and use it to your advantage. Avoid a person or a situation that does not “feel safe”–you would probably be right.
• Escape: Always your best OPTION. Run away, yell for help, and throw a rock through a store or car window–do whatever you can to attract attention. If the criminal is after your purse or other material items, throw them as far away from you as possible, while you run the other way.
• Carry emergency essentials –However small, yet important things such as a can of pepper-spray, deodorant, a pocket-knife, a flashlight or even an umbrella can be used for self-defense in case the need arises.
• Emergency Numbers – Keep important numbers such as those of your local police department, family, friends, neighbors and a few of your office colleagues on speed dial. This will help you get in touch with them quickly . Women should consider installing mobile apps like VithU, SOS – Stay Safe!, Nirbhaya, YatraMiTR etc. on their smartphones to keep themselves safe in all situations.
• Refuse to be a VICTIM. Whether or not you have self-defense training, and no matter what your age or physical condition, it is important to understand that You CAN and SHOULD defend yourself physically. Use the element of surprise for your advantage–strike quickly, and escape. You may only get one chance.
“Nobody can protect you better than yourself! Trust your instincts and fight back!”