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TEENAGE REFUGEES: Adjust and Regulate harrowing tales of sexually exploited girls on refugees’ camps

Teenagers are mostly sexually exploited in the refugee's camps due to differences in cultural norms and taboos dominated by the indigenous.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

This idea will cover and open the mindsets of the refugees camp managers on how to regulate and maintain the rights of the refugee's girls in all sphere of exploitations and sexual harassment at the refugee's camps. the dimension of this idea will, therefore, make an explanation on the different ideas pointed out by social psychologist about the rise of discrimination at the camps. The interview done by Dr. Joycelyn Elders, the former U.S. Surgeon General, she said that she believes on HIV has done more to change attitudes toward sexuality and sex education than anything else in the past decade. It has forced the world to look at an area of taboos. Conversations about teen sexuality have started. However, the refugee's camps are facing challenges in the area of adolescents and child sexuality. Many observation from camp teenagers explains that, they feel their camps are in safe settings. Feeling safe, at least during the moment, and if you deepen, you will realize that, most of them choose to disclose something about their camps guides, something frightening and deeply painful, also the report from field shows that most violence and discrimination occurs in the mid of providing services, a female of 19years said “He tried whatever he could to get me alone in a room with him. He used to approach me and whisper to me that I am very beautiful and that he would help me out, that he would personally look into my case.” Sexual abuse is only one of the many secrets teens hold; fears that they have a sexually transmitted disease or are pregnant or bisexual or gay or even asexual are also common. Their myths and misconceptions about sexuality are often shyly volunteered, usually with a disguise: and often many studies are having different results and at the end, we are not solving rather a carnage the situation. The main sources of information and incidences on these women’s experiences are reports by various NGOs, human rights organizations and social studies.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

This idea will cover all areas of camping sites in the world Tanzania Specific. Mainly the area where there are high degrees of humiliation and harassment towards adolescence and teenagers in the refugee's camps. The area where there is a sense of inhumanity and viciousness environments towards young girls and teenagers. The lower part of southern Sahara Tanzania, Kigoma specifically is my area of interest with the intention of borders in scale and scope.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

This dimension will bridge the people's mind (people with some ideas on helping the communities with challenges) and the victims (Teenage and adolescents girls) people will rise the ideas and use it to maintain and regulate those kinds of behaviors that hinder the development and advancements of health status in the field of refugees and camping sites. This idea will also help the issue of refining some rules and regulations that use to moderate the "do's" and "dont's" of the camping managers.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

This idea will demonstrate the needy of the human needs, abstaining from sexual discrimination and equality are key human rights that apply to the rights of refugees. States and individual social agencies have the obligation to implement these principles at the national level. National laws can prohibit discrimination and create an environment enabling greater equity. Furthermore, affirmative action and promotional may be the main obstacle to the future generation, a feature of marginalization is that people who are marginalized rather displaced are very likely to be subject to multiple layers of discrimination especially sexually. So this idea will determine the certainty type of human needs whereby at the end of implementation, these adolescences and girls who are sexually discriminated will have safety, stability, security, and comfort on their lives.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

On the other side of the coins, It is also important to understand that the pace of teen sexuality is stepped up in today's world, running faster than it did thirty or even ten years ago. Teens are developing physically two years faster than they did twenty years ago, due to improved refugees handling and the emergence of a different program in Refugees camping sites, but their minds are not any more advanced. This results in girls minds inhabiting fully developed sexual bodies. There are many consequences to this. It clearly impacts the early age, now sixteen on average, when teens have their first experience with sexual intercourse. It might also be affecting higher rates of sexual abuse. so through this mobilization, the law enforcement will enact and produce very clear regulation to maintain and regulate the sexual discrimination to teens and adolescents girls in around the refugee's camps.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

My idea is a direct inspiration from the Lynn E. Ponton, M.D., is a psychiatrist who specializes in working with teens. on her study about "The Sex Lives of Teenagers" she tried to explain the activities undertaken on the camps and how vernerable groups are been treated in front the communities arround. I read that study and I come up with that inspiration idea that will explain the situation and help the lawmakers to come up with the best regulations. Apart from that also this idea goes far to our local communities where by around central and west Africa, countries like Congo and Nigeria, there are so many reports that explain how refugees girls are forced to offer sexual favors in return of the financial gains from the helpers. bad enough, another report is that, there are few cases where Teenagers are exploited during aid distributions, it was said that girls who are without a male protector are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation at the hands of aid workers.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

At this juncture, the idea will work properly whereby the voice of marginalized society comes from the area where there is high needy of strengthening awareness and strong laws pertaining in all spheres of social activities, whereby, increasing the enslavement mindsets of the societies and at the same time to covers their problem and challenges pertaining social interactions. Most of the areas that need this approach include those with a rigid type of community involvement whereby the laws are not active, All teens have stories to tell, stories that need to be listened to, stories from which we can learn a great deal. Listening closely, I have realized that teens want to talk about sex, but with adults they trust. They want to be listened to, and they want nonjudgmental conversations. Conversations about sex are unusual among adults, so it is not surprising that they are even rarer between adults and teens. Often, adults have to start these conversations.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

The approach in the guidance is underpinned by a collaborative sense of ideas whereby the voice of marginalized peoples is lagged behind, the communities where the adolescents girls and sexually exploited groups faced a lot of denunciations and the effects come to entire society in the next days, This approach do covers those areas with rigid type of communities involvement especially to people with less care and guides around the camps, where there is high needy to strengthen community/groups participation in all social developmental activities, whereby, increasing the enslavement mindsets of the societies and at the same time to covers their needy in pertaining social interactions.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

This idea is self-explanatory, but it will sound effective if the World Humanitarian Organisations and those with Gender-based Violation (GBV) will work together to implement the idea. this is due to the fact that, If these two parties work together plus the individuals whose their intention is to cover the problems and challenges of these groups. But also we can start with one side of the continent to implement the idea and we will be going to have the phases whereby the results will determine the effectiveness and the strengths of the Idea. the measure of the objective is to have less discrimination to girls and adolescence withing refugees camping sites.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

We are individuals with a passion to develop and register on the future, the organization that will deal with social activities to develop the society we are coming from.

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Ideally, am coming from Tanzania, one of the East African countries, recently I collaborated with refugee agencies like NRC and DRC in Kigoma Tanzania in administering different projects like WASH and other programs. Kigoma is a town and lake port in northwestern Tanzania, on the northeastern shores of Lake Tanganyika and close to the border with Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. they normally receive refugees from the different side of Burundi and Congo. so I personally experienced the life of displaced and intermingle with those victim people.

Type of submitter

  • We are individuals who are part of an informal group or collective

Organization Headquarters: Country

United Republic of Tanzania, Dar es salaam.

Organization Headquarters: City / State

United Republic of Tanzania, Dar es salaam.
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Gender-Policy.pdf

Apart from having different gender policies about sexual discrimination to young teens and women around the camp, the magnitude of the problem seems to be high.

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Photo of Uchenna Okafor
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Dear Kenneth Kinyambo! Thank you for this thoughtful and uncommon design. Taking sexual advantage of less fortunate, refugee, and displaced girls by officials meant to protect them is becoming rampant, sadly though. Moreover, if normal girls go through such harrowing ordeal in concentration camps, what could be of disabled girls? Therefore,is there any provision in this design to specially cater for blind, deaf, dumb, lame, etc girls?

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Dear Uchenna Okafor , thanks for your dazzling state on this move, I really acknowledge your motives, for really there is a great potential move to deal with disabled adolescents challenges, because the hitches underlying them are many like introduction of many programs for young people with disability, and expected solution will be to talk about the immoral of substance abuse to the adolescent life cycle.
There is an increasing number of programs that address the specific needs of young people with disabilities, organized by government agencies, private voluntary organizations, religious organizations, and community groups. However, globally the number of such programs remains small. In an international survey on the status of disabled adolescents, only 12% of all experts and organizations surveyed were able to identify programs that targeted disabled young people as a distinct group.
Almost all the programs identified were very small, serving fewer than 100 young people around the camps where millions are disabled. Such programs are more likely to be urban-based and only available to more affluent young people. On this move, we also think of promoting different activities that intend to build capacity and encourage teenager’s self-esteem with the intention of solving and preserve the rights and dignity of the adolescents’ disabled girls.

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Photo of Sultan Hussein
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Hi kenneth,Thanks for your concern on teen girls and their sexual health.am really touched with your idea.But would you be kind enough to explain more about your plan of action.

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Hi @Sultan, thanks for the fantastic point, there is a need of understanding the model on the move for fighting against evil actions towards adolescents and young girls and ladies around the camps, for over many years, it is known that communities around the camps faced sexual assault, so the motive behind this move is to ensure that all adolescents and young girls and ladies around the camps affected by sexual violence have access to healing and recovery programs, services and support. By making sure we keep our vision of an international free from sexual abuse and sexual assault, we decided to develop the action plan that will support in fighting against un-acceptable behaviors and actions.

EFFECTIVE ANTICIPATION STRATEGIES AND IMPROVED INTERVENTION
Sexual violence is preventable however, so many programs on combating the increase of sexual exploitation around the camps are introduced but yet the situation seems to grow, solely providing treatment for survivors and punishing offenders will not end sexual violence, so we are sure by this approaches, at the end will be a check towards other introduces plans, since the implementation will basically look on solving and meeting direct victims of the problem. A comprehensive sexual violence prevention education strategy is the key to changing attitudes and changing behaviors. A multi-faceted approach to address prevention on several levels is required to create a fundamental shift in societal attitudes.

LONG-LASTING LEADERSHIP AND LIABILITY
One of the main goals is to make sure we create a strong leadership and accountability skills to the communities that have strongly suffer from the sexual tales, so far the plan is to have so many workshops and seminars on how to combat the situation. This plan focuses on the need for leadership, both at a public and local government level. Addressing the multifaceted issue of sexual violence will require a collective approach that includes enhanced leadership and accountability by all key stakeholders.

ACTIVE OUTREACH PLANS
This is particularly significant because often people who are most marginalized are also at a greater risk for sexual violence. All refugees who are affected by sexual violence and who choose to seek services must be able to do so with dignity and comfort, this will be more of priorities rather than concentrating on other un-useful information, second hand data, data that will hide the reality, which will be ready to be shared globally, instead of going to the field and making a clear conversations with the victims and identify the magnitude of the problem and set a clear strategies to combat the problem. So these plans will create a clear output toward this move.

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Thanks for the wonderful approach on the matter at hand.Am pleased and I wish your idea to go through the next since I see it's potential to a society..Wish you luck Mr.Kenneth

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Photo of Marie-Noëlle. RUBANGIZA
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Belle initiative.

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Hi Marie-Noëlle. RUBANGIZA , thanks for your comments and its really "a belle Initiatives" subsequently at the end of the day, the rights of teens and sexual subjugated girls will be maintained and all wicked and immoral actions towards them will be preserved and sustained.

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Photo of Marie-Noëlle. RUBANGIZA
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Salut Kenneth Kinyambo, je pense qu'il est important de préserver les droits des adolescentes et des filles. Votre idée est presque pareille avec celle que nous mettons déjà en place en RDC. ensemble avec d'autres structures et avec des moyens financiers, il vous sera possible de mettre sur pied des actions pour renforcer la sécurité de ces adolescentes et filles.

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Hi @Marie-Noëlle. RUBANGIZA, thanks for your brilliant remark, I really salute your motives, I think it’s a great inkling for two of us to unite and create a well-rounded move, since you already implement and am on the way to do same, so there is a great potential move to deal with this adolescents challenges, because the problems underlying the right of teens are many, like frequently stress and depression, teens Pregnancy and the like, and expected solution will be to talk about the immoral of substance abuse to the adolescents. And if you discover the problems too late, we should still point out the harmful effects of substance abuse to those adolescents, further more providing of professional help must be pressed in ground right away because those situation will be way of letting you know that something is wrong and that group of teenagers needs help. Apart from that, we also think of promoting different activities that intend to build capacity and encourage teenager’s self-esteem with the intention of solving and preserve the rights and dignity of the adolescents’ girls.

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Hello Kenneth Kinyambo  Great to have you share your idea for the challenge. I really like that your idea focuses on breaking taboos for prevent abuse and to raise awareness.
I'm curious to learn more about the content/design of the system. Do you have a connection with the institutions you mentioned or others? Have you reached associations and experts who can support you to improve this system? Could you share more details specifically about your plan of action and how you will prepare a ground to reach the these communities?

And while you working on your idea these tool kits might be helpful ,
check out the Community Research toolkit here : https://uploadsssl.webflow.com/5a147545b687370001bfd10c/5d1669526ad3cb33291bf633_User-Experience-Interview.pdf
and the Prototyping toolkit here:
https://uploadsssl.webflow.com/5a147545b687370001bfd10c/5d1669546ad3cba5e81bf634_Prototyping%20Toolkit_B

Last curious, I wonder if Isaac Jumba  might have some insights or experiences for a different context that you can share?

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Hallo Sevde ┼×engün, thanks for your insights. Yes, I have a connection with DRC and NRC and am still reaching out to other institutions to collaborate with. I am still developing the action plan for this idea, which I will also present.

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Thanks for the additional insights with regards to your idea Kenneth Kinyambo . Building up on Sevde ┼×engün 's question - I would love if you could share more details about the camps you intending to reach out to - do you have someone in the camp to potentially collaborate? How are you intending to reach out to them?

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Hallo Isaac Jumba, Yes, I recognize and still work on, to identify some camps where my idea will effectively work, until now I have Nduta and Mtendei Refugee Camps under Danish Refugees Council, Kigoma, where the social discrimination to teenagers seems a challenge, am sure this idea will intend to find long-term solutions to the problems of teenagers’ refugees around those areas.

But also some Humanitarian NGO’s that focuses on maintaining the dignities of young teenagers like Save the Children and the like will be my collaborative partners to focus on this problem of discriminated teenagers and create Durable solutions to the plight of refugees.

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Photo of Sevde Şengün
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Hello again Kenneth Kinyambo  thanks for your replies! You know the challenge's idea phase will be closing on 17th August! Before its done could you clarify what are the results of the project so far in your Blueprint phase? and possibly create and share with us the project user ,
i.e. "journey map of teenages in Dar es salaam refugee camps" which is very important to integrate into this platform as you progress in the challenge!

I would suggest also to have a look at our challenge evaluation criteria again for checking: https://ideo.to/NQ6TlJ

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Hi Sevde ┼×engün, thanks once again for your insights and directives in evaluation criteria, just the quick map so far, my idea works and am now at the field tried to gather some information, but one challenge that I am going through is the issue of reporting to the respective camp's administration, since the idea intends to interact with teenagers and some administration around the camps.

But roughly, the road map is to conducts an in-depth interview with teenagers around the camps (Nduta and Mtendeli) and to supplement the information collected by doing a qualitative with some KI around the camp. The essence is to identify and describing the magnitude of the problem and designing an appropriate approach to tackle. In order to conduct the research in an ethical manner, the potential interviewees will be first informed about the nature and purposes of the research and what an interview would entail, and their express consent will be obtained before any interview began.

No systematic sampling will be possible, and interviewees will be on the basis of availability and consent to be interviewed, the sampling frame will be teenagers of different ages, and social situations (single, in couples, with or without children)

Interviews will be in the form of an open and non-directive interview methodology which will be most suitable for eliciting the refugees' own and perceptions of their experiences during their migration. Interviews will be tape-recorded in cases where the consents were taken, but in other cases, written notes will supplement the audio records taken for analysis. Key informants will be identified in each site within organizations working directly with refugee populations. Key informants will be identified in each site within organizations working directly with refugee populations, both international organizations and national and international NGOs.

Then after, the appropriate activities (education, training and information campaigns) will be set to sensitize the refugee community. The activities will be guided with the aid of Multinational and local NGO's with the purpose of building capacity and sensitizing the GBV related issues around the camps.