Me and my friend have been discussing recently on how to build a "women only" platform & I was wondering if this can be solved with tech, it should be cheap, does not compromise identity(other than gender), fast and feasible.
Why? - A friend was looking for a flat along with a roommate on a very popular facebook group in India called Flats & flatmates, but around 85% on the posts were from brokers, and some of these posts looked very shady. She had to hand out her phone number or call the broker in order to contact the person regarding the flat.
She was very hesitant to give out her number and I understand as we Indians practically invented "bobs & vagene". Plus, she said we as developers should have solved this by now.
So we were thinking of ways someone could prevent this.
Do a realtime verification by going and meeting the person.
Drawback - Too expensive in terms of time, resources & money. Might work for large corporations. Your address is exposed here too.
Do a ID/Aadhaar verification, the Indian Social Security Network counterpart.
Drawback - Most people will not just use their ID to verify for a website/app especially if it's new & Adhaar is already so controversial due to it's security loopholes.
An "invitation only" system where current users can invite other women.
Drawback - Difficult to scale quickly, but seems the most sensible way.
How would you solve something like this?