A non-violent self-defense product
“People everywhere need to be free of fear from all forms of violence and feel safe as they go about their lives whatever their ethnicity, faith or sexual orientation.” Although gender equality and women’s empowerment is mentioned as priority in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) remains to be widespread. 35% (1 out of 3!) women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence.
Practice and theory combined
Protection Power aims to empower people to protect themselves and vulnerable community members
from SGBV by working with a new technology to directly keep off perpetrators and at the same time using a community-based mechanism to address causes of protection issues. Our theory of change is based on the combination of a methodology and a non-violent self-defence product:
1) The ‘What’s Up, People?!’ method will create awareness, zero-tolerance for SGBV (at society and community level) and supports the establishment of community-based initiatives to prevent SGBV from happening. As a group approach with discussions as key features, it is possible to conduct What’s Up?!
in every context where people gather together (like a refugee context).
2) The Invi Bracelet will enable people to defend themselves in a non-violent way, while also increasing their self-confidence (individual level). This bracelet can be activated in case of a dangerous situation and a foul smell is released to repel a potential attacker and alarm others in the environment.