Becky’s Button in Lebanon
Ahla Fawda is a Lebanese NGO which provides humanitarian, cultural and environmental aid to communities in need. Since September 2022, Jane has been working with its founder, Imane Assaf, and her team on the Becky’s Button project.
In November, members of the British Embassy and supporters from the local community participated in a fundraiser at the Beirut Marathon. From early 2023, Ahla Fawda will coordinate with other local NGOs to train trainers and distribute 2,000 Becky’s Buttons to vulnerable communities in Beirut and beyond.
- A siren of around 125 decibels
- 49 x 34 x 21 mm
- Recyclable ABS
- Blue Pantone 660C
- Open source
- It is small enough to hide on your body
- It can easily be clipped on to clothes
- It can be threaded on to a key ring or something similar
- It can be activated with one click and the siren will sound continuously for 1.5 hours
- It can be deactivated by pressing for three seconds
- Its noise level can scare away attackers, draw attention and give the wearer a few precious seconds to escape
- It is made of recyclable plastic
- It has a built-in lithium battery which can be charged in an hour with a Micro USB cable. A blue light turns on when charging, and turns off when recharged
Pilot Scheme on Lesvos Island, Greece
Make vulnerable women safer
In August 2022, Becky’s Bathhouse, a charity continuing Becky’s humanitarian work with refugees, launched a pilot scheme with When We Band Together. Stavros Mirogiannis, the Project Manager, designed a programme called PAE (Press, Act, Escape) which includes usage, self-defense and the education of bystanders. Security forces were briefed and support staff were trained. 3,000 Buttons were delivered and over 300 have since been distributed. Feedback so far has been positive. In mid-September, Becky’s Button averted a potential gang-rape in Mavrovouni camp.