SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 16, 2021
Sexual and gender-based violence has beleaguered the Nigerian Nation for many years and statistics indicate that it is on the increase even with the enactment of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act 2015 with the trends showing that forms of GBV seem to be getting worse. Available data indicate that 1 in every 5 women globally will experience some form of abuse during their lifetime, with the abuser most times being a member of the woman’s family or an intimate acquaintance.
Women and girls with disabilities are more vulnerable to GBV especially sexual violence due to their vulnerability which perpetrators take advantage of. The multiple oppressions they face leave these women extremely vulnerable to intimate partners and caregivers. UNICEF reported in 2015 that one in four girls and one in ten boys in Nigeria had experienced sexual violence before the age of 18. According to a survey by Positive Action for Treatment Access, over 31.4 percent of girls there said that their first sexual encounter had been rape or forced sex of some kind.
Women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria encounter multiple barriers in accessing justice services due to lack of protective legislation, negative attitude of service providers, inaccessible facilities, poor knowledge of their rights and poverty.
Most often, the experiences of violence against women and girls with disabilities remain hidden and unreported due to their fear of blame, increased stigma and low knowledge of reporting channels. In addition, some of them are trapped in cycles of abuse with their caregivers and feel powerless to escape or report.
Therefore, women and girls with disabilities are unable to access justice, their experiences of violence and abuse continue unabated. In an effort to improve access to justice services for women and girls with disabilities while creating demand for these services, DRAC is organizing the #HackSGBV Innovation Challenge with a focus on Disability and SGBV.
Some key issues are:
Towards strengthening the demand side of the access to justice ecosystem, DRAC is calling on young people with creative and impactful ideas to participate in the #HackSGBV Innovation Challenge.
The issues to be examined during this #HackSGBV Innovation Challenge are:
The innovation challenge will provide creative, sustainable, scalable solutions to address these important issued as a step towards improving access to justice for persons with disabilities, especially women and girls and reducing inequality and unfairness.
We are seeking disability-sensitive, gender-responsive, community-centred solutions that utilize technology, user-centred design, and/or data informed decision-making in addressing the identified issues.
Participants can work individually or in teams on self-generated innovative ideas or projects, resulting in initiatives that can directly benefit and in collaboration with persons with disabilities, especially women and girls.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch their ideas in 1-day virtual ideation meeting on June 19, 2021; after which selected candidates will be grouped into teams and invited to Abuja from June 24 to 26, 2021 for a 3-day development and design session.
The winning ideas will receive ideation funds towards completing and piloting their solutions.
The #HackSGBV Innovation Challenge is an activity under DRAC’s Policy to Practice (P2P) project supported by the Rule of Law and Anticorruption Program of the British Council and Funded by the European Union.