Gender based violence is a massive problem in crises and many relief NGOs do not prioritise GBV prevention. There is an opportunity to address GBV from a new entry point – tapping into the creative capacity of displaced populations by teaching them to use the design process to create solutions that prevent and reduce gender based violence in humanitarian situations.
The consortium’s innovative approach begins with their belief in and respect for people’s abilities to creates technologies, programs and systems that can improve their lives. Engaging refugees in design not only enables them to create innovative solutions but the process itself empowers them by building their confidence and strengthening their sense of agency. This project brings the people most directly affected by gender based violence to the forefront of creating products and systems that reduce and prevent it. Addressing GBV from this point of entry promotes generative discussions that bring new actors into the conversation about short term solutions and long term systemic change.
Through the creation of a consortium that provides a platform for knowledge sharing and bridging the gap between designers and GBV specialists, we propose to:
Rethink Relief brings together twenty-two people for the three-day kick-off meeting in Entebbe, Uganda.View
Read the final report to learn about this project's methodology, activities, outputs, impact and dissemination of learning.View
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