What problem are you trying to solve?
Reports of gender-based violence, both domestic and otherwise, have been on a rapid rise in recent years. According to the National Demographic and Health Survey, about 28% of all women, which amounts to almost a third of their total population, are reported to have experienced one form of physical violence. According to the Gender report of 2012, young women between the ages of 15 and 24 were most likely to have experienced physical violence, including wife-beating. These statistics, coupled with the staggering rate of unreported cases on sexual assault and trafficking, have become a major social problem in the Nigerian society. The effects of gender-based violence have been fatal injuries, fistula disease, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), among others. Aside from these effects, the societal and cultural stereotypes that come along with the abuse of hinder victims from seeking help. This has often times prevented victims from accessing help, which are usually located in public places.
What is your solution to this problem?
Considering several solutions approaches to this problem, we identified that the rate of reportage is still significantly low, indicating a significant gap in these approaches. Taking these factors into consideration, we leverage accessible-technologies in providing multiple channels for confidential reportage. We are leveraging technology channels that are available to all classes of victims and potential victims while ensuring confidentiality of the identity of reporters and cases reported. We have also built a large network of volunteer professionals, which enables us to provide integrated-response services for several kinds of reported cases. In conjunction with our research-based work, our technology platforms serve as a potential space for the collection of crucial data; which could be made accessible to other development partners for them to develop smart policies, technology-driven services, and other innovative programs, in response to gender-based violence.
What is your latest update on your innovation?
Utilising technology creatively to interact directly with survivors and provide them with information, referrals, assistance and longer-term help anonymously to close the gap in service delivery. A major strategy we are adopting is an engagement of men as partners. Most survivors of gender-based violence fail to report the incident due to a number of factors including lack of access to resources, lack of knowledge regarding how to report, whom to report to and the associated social risk. This initiative addresses all these concerns particularly with the anonymity function