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Now women in the Gaza Strip can report domestic violence anonymously, thanks to a new mobile app


A mobile phone application has come to the aid of Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip. This will allow women to report domestic abuse anonymously, according to media reports. The “Masahatuna” or “Our Spaces” app is the brainchild of local computer engineer Alaa Huthut. It seems to have become a godsend for a growing number of victims, who want to seek help but want to avoid shame and retaliation. Many women are afraid to report these offenses directly to the authorities.

In a society where domestic violence is usually hidden away due to family pressures, Huthut understood the need to find a safe way to seek advice. “Privacy was very important because fear is usually the main reason why women do not contact or visit centers,” Huthut told Reuters.

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To be able to use the application, women must register, but they do not have to provide names. They also don’t have to leave a record of their contact with care centers on their own phone. “If anyone looks at the phone, they won’t know she made contact,” Huthut said.

The app has been downloaded by about 355 women and 160 have already contacted help centers to seek psychological and legal help, said Kholoud Al-Sawalma of the Gaza Community Media Center.

(With agency contributions)

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