Offer safety seminars and awareness of self-defence measures for women and girls. Teach them to take precautions when going out alone, walk with others whenever possible. If walking alone, stay confident. Provide newsletters for women, parents and organizations offering safety and security reminders. Stay alert. Be aware of everyone and everything in your vicinity.
Pay attention to the people and vehicles around you. In suspicious circumstances, start heading for a public place. Never assume that you are in a safe area, that no one wants to harm you or that everyone shares your morals. Beware of strangers who ring the bell at your door; look and ensure that you are about to welcome the right person in.
All women should learn from others’ tragedies and experiences and possible missteps that others have gone through. These can help protect women and girls in the future. Be prudent about what you share in the internet, always keep personal information confidential, and be careful about the sites you look through.
Women should be extremely alert while driving a car and going to strange places. They must lock all the doors of the car when travelling alone. Women should continue to campaign for stronger laws, quicker convictions and any measures that will deter men from attacking women. They should be confident about what they want to achieve and speak up for what they believe in.
In the end, it is imperative to remember that men can and should play a crucial role to ensure the safety of women. We should raise men to be respectful to women and intolerant of a culture that insistently devalues women. Their safety is everyone’s responsibility. Men should be genuinely concerned about women’s wellbeing, and should call the police if they witness an assault. We should teach men to work for a society that upholds women and their needs.
- Establish study groups on women’s role in the Church, family, society and politics
- Pick out ideal models of women from the historical context
- Constitute awards and promotions for women workers
- Promote leadership skills in the family, work place and society
- Start social action movements with feminine perspectives
- Bring together small groups to reflect on biblical matriarchs/characters