Protection Power

Empowering people in high risk context and make them more resilient against sexual violence

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The methodology of What’s Up, People?!’ is currently in development and based on a similar intervention conducted in South Sudan with very promising results. The Invi Bracelet is a market-ready intervention which has already been launched on the Western market. In 2017 Invi and partners executed a pilot in Rotterdam where an increase of wearer’s self-confidence was demonstrated.

Now, Protection Power is investigating the options for conducting a pilot study that combines both innovative interventions in a non-Western context, while rigorously measuring the impact and results.

Our goal is to create a culture where sexual and gender-based violence is rejected and equality is embraced by the local community.

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.

Liesbeth Speelman
Summer Lab Participant
Marga Baaijens
Summer Lab Participant
Roel van der Kamp
Summer Lab Participant



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