Featuring the Centres4Her Innovation
The last week of the month of April 2020 saw the RAN team host yet another session of the Innovation Fireplace online. This session was episode 2 of our Digital Series and it was held on Monday April 27, 2020 guided by the theme ‘Innovation towards ending the Gender Based Violence Pandemic‘. Amidst the current global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), it has been noted that another pandemic, one that has existed for centuries, still persists and is even thriving amidst the enforced movement restrictions. For this pandemic’s unfortunate sufferers, the plea to ‘stay home’ could be far more detrimental to their health and well-being.
This session presented an opportunity for participants to engage with the team behind ‘Centres4Her‘, a digital application supported by the ResilientAfrica Network with funding from UN Women, Uganda Office. The innovators had an opportunity to demonstrate to participants how this innovation is helping to link women and girls who experience violence to various support services including sexual reproductive health services in Uganda. The discussion was recorded and is accessible on https://youtu.be/f3EIVo9U7vg for wider sharing.
About the Centres4Her Innovation
As a contribution to the efforts to end violence against girls and women in Uganda, UN-Women Uganda Office in collaboration with ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) www.ranlab.org are supporting identification, incubation, development and scaling of various innovative solutions. Birthed from this collaboration is the Centres4her application; a mobile application that links girls and women experiencing violence to the available support services and sexual reproductive services. It is confidential and gives options on a Centre that best suits a particular incidence to address the reporting gap. Challenges resulting from violence incidents including disease episodes, disability and depression among others could be avoided if survivors accessed post violence services in time.
The Centres4Her app has mapped most of the service providers including;
- Police for reporting and investigation
- Medical Centres for access to treatment
- Psychosocial Counseling Centres for documentation and counseling services
- Shelters to provide shelter to the survivors
- Toll-free help lines
- Legal services and
- 116 Call Button (National Gender Based Violence helpline)