Sometimes in web development, you get a chance to make an actual difference. Often, the things you build/fix/upgrade are prettier pictures, better blogs or shinier shops - but today’s module is one we are quite proud of and excited to share, as it can have a real impact on the lives of women living in an abusive household.
Women’s Refuge New Zealand have created a Shielded Site, a discrete button that can live on any webpage and allow someone access to the contents of the Women’s Refuge site itself. The key to it is that https://womensrefuge.org.nz/ won’t show up in their browser history - this is important as one of the ways an abusive relationship can manifest is in tracking the person, both in real life and online.
composer require andrewandante/womens-refuge-shield and then selecting one of the options in the CMS dropdown (for a large or small tab at the top of the site). Alternatively, you can use a template variable
$WomensRefugeShieldButton to insert it anywhere you like; in the footer, header, sidebar - wherever makes sense for your site. There’s a version for SilverStripe 3 and for SilverStripe 4, so no excuses!
What may seem like a small and inconsequential module for you may literally save someone’s life, so please consider adding the Women’s Refuge Shielded Site to your next project.
Being and feeling safe is a basic human right, so SilverStripe would like to offer our thanks to Saatchi & Saatchi who originally built the project as a pro bono exercise, and of course to Women’s Refuge New Zealand who have inspired us with their ongoing dedication.
This blog post was co-authored by Katie Elks and Andrew Aitken-Fincham
The Shielded Site button includes content and scripts from a third-party source. Including content from third-party sources is a potential security risk, and should be reviewed accordingly by your digital team.