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Gynaefy: Grievance Redress Mechanism enabler for Gender Based Violence

Mobile application tool for mitigating the increasing Gender Based Violence reports during and post pandemic.

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Gynaefy is a mobile application project that serves to mitigate Gender Based Violence complaints and help to smartly refer survivors to appropriate Gender Based Violence service providers.

This project would serve rural and urban dwellers.  In the rural areas, the app would have corresponding USSD codes/numbers in areas where they are not tech savy. In Urban areas and areas where they have access to smart devices, the mobile app would serve as a Grievance Redress Mechanism by connecting survivors using GPS/GIS to the closest Gynaefy approved healthcare worker.

Gynaefy would help in not just generating appropriate data for intervention, prompt intervention, access to survivors who find it difficult to make report, physically challenged who form a great quota of survivors.

The Gynaefy app is planned to be inconspicuous/camouflaged on mobile devices as perpetrators of such acts are usually around the survivor.

The Gynaefy app's user interface and wire frame has been designed. The structural design is yet to be designed, hence the need for funding. Our Gynaefy work plan document would indication time lines for project implementation. It is time for Africa to take the lead on Mitigating Gender based violence as the continent tops the chart on almost all forms of all Gender Based Violence including Harmful practices such as Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriages. Reports for these incidences has to be scaled up using this novel intervention.

What is the need are you focusing on?

In Africa, 35% i.e. 1 in 3 women have experience intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence. One out of every five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape over the course of her lifetime.

World wide, during this COVID-19 pandemic, it is now 1 in 2 women are experiencing Gender Based Violence.

In Africa, there is a whole lot of under reporting. Less than 40% of survivors report cases cases in their lifetime.

In Africa under reporting is at its peak. This is due to fear or retribution, stigmatization, shame, not being believed, fiancial dependence on partner, lack of adequate legal, forensic,  and other Gender Based Violence Service providers.

These vulnerable group form the backbone of any economy. We see a need for intervention, more so in this pandemic to scale up achieving Sustainable Development Goal 

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Its an already developing idea on smart ways to resolve Gender Based Violence reporting in both urban and rural areas. The Gynaefy Project is a Non Profit Solution. Every funding generated would be channeled to the functioning of the app and using it as a platform to projects on GBV (Gender Based Violence)

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Gender Based Violence mostly affects Women and Girls. It could also affect children and men. Under-reporting by survivors is clearly the biggest contributor to the increase in cases of Gender based violence due to shame, fear of retribution, stigma, religious and cultural beliefs. Gynaefy would serve as a Grievance Redress Mechanism would help to scale up reporting by 75% (many really want to make reports bu are scared to). Gynaefy would serve as Africa's foremost tool for DATA generation for all forms of Gender Based Violence. This would serve as a tool for intervention by state-Country governments, local and International NGOs. The Gynaefy app not only serves Women and Girls, but will be a major tool for physically challenged, who have an increased prevalence of GBV in Africa.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Gynaefy Inc.

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

The Implementation steps for the development of the Gynaefy application would be in a well thought out systematic fashion. The geographic regions are the rural and the various urban areas on the African continent. For the application, once fully developed would serve as a bridge between Survivors and GBV service providers. The Gynaefy mission is to accelerate the attainment of health coverage in rural and urban Nigeria by enabling conversations between health workers and survivors of gender based violence using Twilio’s communication framework to enable conversations via sms, phone, and mobile app at incredible scale. Currently, the Gynaefy company has over 20 healthcare professionals, Gender Based Violence experts

What is your profession?

I'm a medical doctor. Infectious disease expert and a Gender Based Violence prevention advocate

Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (region)?

  • Western Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • Less than 1 year old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Nonprofit/NGO

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

I really want partners to help in the final design of the app and be used in every Gender Based Violence project

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Inadequate Tech savyness Lack of capital to complete solution Poor service seeking by Gender Based Violence survivors

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

Partnership. I mustn't implement my idea alone. Partnership makes the final solution more rigid

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

I just participated in #AfricaVsVirus


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