Sexual and gender-based violence is notoriously difficult to investigate and prosecute, particularly in humanitarian emergencies where medical facilities and trained staff are lacking. Our solution is to explore innovative self-examination DNA kits to improve access to justice for victims.
Investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender based violence in low-resource environments.
Our innovation is a self-examination forensic DNA kit, which could transform humanitarian and legal responses to SGBV by:
These features increase the impact of our innovation by improving the well being and security of people in humanitarian crises.
The outcomes of this project will provide stakeholder and end-user views on the design and feasibility of our innovation. In particular, gathering the views of NGO and medical clinics as well as criminal justice agencies to inform the feasibility, design and legal requirements of our self-examination DNA kit, is essential to ensure the implementation and impact of the innovation.
This project will also enable us to explore how forensic DNA evidence can be used more effectively to support investigations and prosecutions of SGBV in humanitarian contexts, and how this enhances access to justice and empowers survivors.
In this blog we summarise our Humanitarian Innovation Fund project aims, outcomes, and next steps.View
The HIF funded Univeristy of Leicester team discuss their innovation and its potential on the academic news site, The Conversation.View
The University of Leicester team wins ‘Research Project of the Year: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences’ at the 2018 Times Higher Education Awards.View
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