Saturday, 25 January 2014

WHAT SHOULD A WOMAN DO IF...

Every day we find ourselves in different situations but in some instances the decision we make can either prevent danger or set a snare for us. This blog is about what should a woman do if...

1. ALONE IN THE ELEVATOR

What should a woman do if she finds herself alone in the company of a strange male as she prepares to enter a lift in a high rise apartment at night? Experts say: Enter the lift. If you need to reach the 13th floor, press all the buttons up to your destination. No one will dare attack you in a lift that stops on every floor.


2. AGGRESSIVE STRANGER IN THE HOUSE

What to do if a stranger tries to attack you when you are alone in your house, run into the kitchen. Experts say: You alone know where the chili powder and turmeric are kept. And where the knives and plates are. All these can be turned into useful weapons. If nothing else, start throwing plates and utensils all over. Let them break. Scream. Remember that noise is the greatest enemy of a molester. He does not want to be caught.


3. NIGHT TAXI

Taking an Auto or Taxi at night. Experts say: Before getting into an auto at night, note down its registration number. Then use the mobile phone to call your family or friend and pass on the details to them in the language the driver understands. Even if no one answers your call, pretend you are in conversation. The driver now knows someone has his details and he will be in serious trouble if anything goes wrong. He is now bound to take you home safe and sound. A potential attacker is now your de facto protector.


4. DRIVER TAKES OMINOUS TURN

What if the driver turns into a street he is not supposed to - and you feel you are entering a danger zone? Experts say: Use the handle of your purse or your stole (dupatta) to wrap around his neck and pull him back by his collar. The top button of his shirt would do the same trick.


5. STALKERS

If you are stalked at night. Experts say: enter a shop or a house and explain your predicament. If no shops are open, go inside an ATM box. ATM centers always have a close circuit television. Fearing identification, no one will dare attack you.

After all, being mentally alert is the greatest weapon you can ever have.

Please spread it to all those women you care about and spread awareness as this is the least we can do for a social and moral cause and for the safety of our women.

Share this please.

This post was shared with us at Safety First for Girls by our friend Jack and we thought we share it with you as well. Pay it forward and share it as well.


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Thursday, 16 January 2014

8 THINGS EVERY GIRL SHOULD HAVE IN HER BAG

Most women carry a purse or some sort of bag wherever they go. It is also well known to never look inside a woman's bag; hmmm what could possibly be there? Lipstick? Who knows but the question you should be asking today is "Is your bag going to help you survive in a difficult situation?"

Hmmm depends what that 'difficult situation' is, I mean you never know. So here is a list of some items that could relieve you in some situations.


1. IDENTIFICATION

It is advised to carry your ID Card, Drivers License and even Passport everywhere you go, you don't need to carry the real thing in case you lose it but a photocopy will do. This is important in instances where you may be stuck in a mob, or involved in an incident or accident where your ID can help clarify on who you are.

This is also very key when travelling in a foreign country or when making a transaction e.g I went to send money to a friend through transfer and forgot to bring my ID for the transaction, when the personnel asked me for it to complete the transfer, I blinked and rummaged through my bag for the photocopy which was torn and worn out, it was shameful but since the numbers on it were still visible, I didn't have to go home for the real thing.



2. MONEY / COINS

You need at least enough money in your purse to board a bus or use a pay phone if you are stuck somewhere. e.g one time I was stranded and lost in the big city, it was night and it started raining... I climbed the wrong bus until I realized I was lost with just enough coins to call up my friend and ask them to call me back; In the end I booked a taxi with no money and they paid it for me. Phewww, after the scolding.



3.  CELL PHONE

Of course, how could we even leave without checking on our pet, the cellphone. But of course, don't forget to power it up by recharging it and feeding it with credit; yes internet is free but it's not everywhere, especially when you need it most. Sometimes pay phones are a pain so have your cellphone around. I don't think I need to convince you on this one.



4.  A LIGHTER / MATCHSTICK

You do not need to be a cigarette smoker to carry this around. It is also good that they are small and convenient and you won't even know they are there till you need them, so unless you know how to start a fire with two stones carry a lighter around for emergencies.



5. A RAZOR BLADE

As is a matchstick, a razor blade is small and can stay unnoticed in your purse at all times. It can help you to cut simple stuff and it's enough to threaten a guy who is about to harm you, especially if he's alone.

e.g I don't know what I was doing alone in a random guys room, I thought he could be trusted, we weren't high or anything but he tried to take advantage of me, I ran to the bathroom with my bag but he was strong and was pushing against it saying he'd let me go which I highly doubted cause he was pushing the door, it was only until I remembered the rusty razor in my purse and threatened to use it on him with a confident voice even though I was melting inside that he backed off and I escaped... Phewwww close... A lighter can work in this case too, I think but don't put yourself in such a place to begin with, you may not get lucky.



6. A PEN AND PAPER

It is always good to have this at hand as you may never know what you need to jolt down and when. Phones can be used for that too but trust the good ol' pen and paper to do its job right. If you witness a hit and run case but can't take a picture of the car, if you glimpse the number plate, its helpful to write it. These are also good for marking your random thoughts that you promised you'd remember but didn't. On the other hand, a pen could come in handy for self defense purposes too; just hold and thrust.



7.  LABELLED PAIN KILLER

If you have allergies, take your medicine with you always too. A labelled pain killer can help save your life, of course you know your medicines but why label them? In case it is needed in saving someone else's life. A label helps clarify what the medicine it, but don't mislabel it for whatever reason.



8. TAMPONS AND PADS

Ok, this is a must for every girl. Not only does it help you but it could help some other poor lady having a bad day because she forgot to bring hers.


BONUS:  Other useful things to carry are tissue, band aids, pepper spray and a snack, you never know when it might help you or someone else. Also, a mirror, you might have something stuck in your teeth.






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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Women Talk... Little Girls Listen

Sontia Levy, Founder of WTLGL
Many girls dream, but the girls who become women are the ones who work to make their dreams come true.

And such a woman is Sontia Levy,22, working to bring women together with her organisation Women Talk... Little Girls Listen, USA.

With her organisation,she not only aims to empower women but also positively change her community by promoting Women led businesses, organizing food drives to which all proceeds will be given to the poor, advocating Human Rights and giving much sought after Key advice to the growing community of nearly 3,000 members.



WHAT DOES WTLGL DO?

Women Talk... Little Girls Listen responds to the need for a family that will not judge you. In the WTLGL community you are able to ask questions anonymously and get clear advice as well as support. This community allows you to drop all pretense and just be yourself. You can also receive one on one counselling, support for victims of rape, abuse and violence and seminars to boost esteem.

By being a member, you not only get advice and support but can also get prizes from competitions and giveaways in addition to the discounts you will receive from member vendors as a member.

Join the WTLGL Community on Facebook and be a part of a warm family.

Support this growing organisation with Fund WTLGL.
Be Yourself with WTLGL.

Visit Women Talk... Little Girls Listen site and help fund their projects by clicking here.