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ActionAid Mobile App to Combat Sexual Violence

  • Institution Country: United Kingdom
  • Implementation Country: Jordan
  • Sector: Health, Life Saving Information
  • Funding Stage: Proof of Concept

Using Technology to Combat Violence Against Female Refugees in Jordan
by ActionAid UK

ActionAid mobile support and referrals for SGBVWomen refugees are extremely vulnerable, and it is estimated that 86 percent of the refugees in host communities live below the poverty line. Syrian women refugees face major challenges in accessing basic resources, where one fifth of girls are never permitted to go outside their homes in Syria, and displacement has made gender equality even less likely. Lack of information is the major barrier to the prevention and treatment of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) affecting displaced women.

ActionAid UK is innovating a women-designed, low-cost, mobile platform that targets the most at-risk women and girls. The mobile platform will provide vital and up-to-date information and awareness on rights, local services, women’s safe spaces, and access to sensitive and confidential SGBV referral services. It will have the functionality to report SGBV incidents and to map risk areas in urban areas. This pilot project will work in partnership with a national mobile network operator and local women’s protection action groups, and will refine the SGBV treatment model in Jordan.

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