I’m excited to introduce our new app to tackle LGBTQI+ hate crime in the U.K.
We recently did a study at Vodafone that found over two thirds of LGBQTI+ people in the U.K were victims of a hate crime last year. More than a quarter were actually physically injured in the attack and the sad reality is that three quarters of these incidents weren’t even reported - the victims felt that they wouldn’t be taken seriously and didn’t trust the authorities to take any real action.
That’s why I created Zoteria, a new free app from Vodafone that lets users quickly and easily report a hate crime (for themselves or on behalf of someone else) and access support from their phone with a few taps. The aim is to empower the community and allies to come together and tackle the issue of LGBTQI+ hate incidents together.
I developed the app over a two-year period, after submitting the idea to a competition by Vodafone Foundation. They were looking for ideas to use technology for good and when Zoteria won, I was asked to lead the program to build it.