Dd|Haiti Empowering Women Harnessing Technology to Address Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti, killing anestimated 250,000 people and wounding some 300,000. More than onemillion people were displaced, moving into tent camps around Port-au-Prince. Immediately, Dd joined the tech disaster response, working onUshahidi mapping & Frontline SMS systems to help First Responderssave lives. But that was just the beginning...
Haitian women and girls were among the hardest by the earthquake. Ashundreds of thousands moved into tent camps with no doors to lock andlittle or no lighting and formal security, women and girls becameincreasingly vulnerable to rape and other forms of gender-based violence(GBV).
As the international community of development organizations andhumanitarian crisis responders rallied to fund and plan for emergencyrelief and reconstruction, Haitian voices were frequently left out of theprocess. Women community leaders were entirely absent from theconversation. In spring 2010, Dd committed to supporting community-based women’s groups to help amplify their voices to inform viable andsustainable change and ensure that the response & reconstructionaddressed the needs they deemed most.
Dd supports Haitian women’s groups in the strategic ﬁght to addressgender-based violence by helping them build skills and integratetechnology into their work. Dd has brought trainings, digital tools, andnew systems to enhance the work of local groups that protect & servesurvivors, educate & engage the community and advocate tirelessly toreduce violence and create safer environments for women and girls.
Collaboration has brought Dd’s partners new skills, increased conﬁdence,safer information systems, stronger communication networks, facilitatedintake processes, improved advocacy tools and channels to inﬂuencedecision-makers, and more.
Data Mobiles MediaBuild technical skills to collect GBV data Improve communica9on & increase Share women’s perspec9ves through at a local level & improve advocacy access to services photography & mediaDd has trained and collaboratively built systems using 3 kinds oftechnology to help grassroots women effectively address GBV in Haiti.
“With the new system, we are safer with our information and can more effectively share it. The data gives us more quantiﬁable and legitimate statistics on our cases. With the system, we can generate reports more efﬁciently than before — and in a more presentable form, too.” -Tech Agent, KOFAVIV Dd has worked with local partners to build a secure system to collect data on GBV. With 1 Create a digital database analyze, map & share GBV data via reports. over 900 cases entered, partners now track,to document gender-based violenceData
Partners share quantitative & qualitative data with local police, national government and international inﬂuencers who inform concrete measures to address violence: increased 3 lighting & security, and and advocate for necessary changes survivors. Map data better access to quality medical and legal services for with local, national & international government.Data
“The Call Center marries our accompaniment & prevention work. Not only does it let us orient victims to the nearest urgent care facilities, but it lets us educate women on the importance of getting medical care within 72 hours, so we can prevent STDs, HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancy that result from rape. This can completely change the course of a victim’s life.” - Project Coordinator, KOFAVIV 24-hour free Call Center run by women offers resources & escorts to care for victims. 2 #572 has been promoted in 24 camps and communities via national TV & radio. Establish a call-center to respond to cases & The center has ﬁelded over 500 calls since ofﬁcial launch in September 2011. network responders via mobile phonesMobiles
“A lot of people in my neighborhood know I didn’t ﬁnish school and they are shocked to hear what I do at work: manage a database, run the call center, verify reports, use applications. They are always taken aback. They congratulate me. It’s a satisfying feeling.” Dd has led trainings with over 100 women in photography, community journalism, 4 blogging & social networks and trainings with women & girls to Conduct technical more. amplify their voices through new media advocacyMedia
Dd and 3 grassroots women’s groups launched the Fanm Pale/Women Speak blog — a free, anonymous platform for Haitian women to tell the stories they deem most important — in English & Creole. Over 4,600 views on 31 blog posts published since launch Dd partnered with ELK Studios to produce the photo exhibit Jan Nou Wè l/The Way We See It, a collection of 47 images taken by Haitian women telling their own stories. Over 2,000 attendees at exhibitions in Port-au-Prince, New York & Washington D.C. “There are realities we are living here that cannot remain hidden. If we make sure these realities don’t just stay within our own communities or within our own country, if we publish them, then we have a better chance of getting the support we need.” - Community Agent 4Media Conduct technical trainings with women & girls to amplify their voices through new media advocacy
The future of Dd|Haiti• Plans for 2012: Scale the database system, Scale the call center, Provide trainings to support locally-led National Women’s network, Train other women’s groups seeking our expertise.• Longterm goals: Transfer all systems to local management & position local trainers to carry the lessons throughout their communities and country.
“Crucially, their partnership is built on the experience of a highly eﬀective grassroots women’s group. Finally, the technology training and support for raising awareness of the call center will beneﬁt women in Haiti even once foreign funding dries up, because the skills and knowledge they gain will stay with them.”Dd|Haiti news coverage