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Only Emergency Response System Dedicated to Rape and Sexual Violence in HaitiLaunches
In one year since CGI commitment, Digital Democracy has trained 150 women and built a database documenting over 400 cases of rape in Haiti.
Sept 22, 2011, New York, NY & Port Au Prince, Haiti — The only phone-based emergency responsesystem dedicated to rape and sexual assault in Haiti has been designed, launched and tested byDigital Democracy(Dd) andKOFAVIV, the Commission for Women Victims for Victims. Dd works
globally to empower marginalized communities to use technology to ﬁght for their human rights. TheKOFAVIV Call Center is part of Dd
s work in Port-Au-Prince, supported by mobile-service providersDigicel and Voila. In Haiti there is no 911 or similar system for reporting emergencies. Now, freecalls to the number “572” connect victims to critical emergency care including medical,psychological and legal support.The Call Center is one of four components of theDd commitmentto the Clinton Global Initiative(CGI) to use technology to address rape and gender-based violence (sGBV) with women in Haiti.Dd and KOFAVIV are seeking $150,000 to support the Call Center and expand its reach throughoutPort-Au-Prince, announced Dd at the CGI Annualmeeting today.“When we ﬁrst started working with Haitian women leaders, there was no accurate information onthe increasing rates of sexual violence in the tent-camps,” explains Emily Jacobi, Executive Directorof Digital Democracy. “The Call Center is a key component of an information management systemwe built with KOFAVIV to accurately capture data on the real scope of the problem, and get urgentpreventative care to the most vulnerable cases.”A recentreport from Human Rights Watchobserves that earthquake recovery has largely failedHaitian women and girls, noting, “Emergency contraception and other post-rape care is available insome health facilities, but many rape victims don
t have access to this care for the same reasonsthat women and girls have difﬁculty accessing other health services: they lack basic informationabout what is available and where, or they have difﬁculty paying for transportation to reach theservices.”Dd
s partnership with KOFAVIV directly addresses this lack of information. Women who contact theCall Center receive urgent personal care, but the information collected also contributes to themacro-solutions for the problem. KOFAVIV collects data on cases and uses a system built by Dd togenerate monthly reports, maps and data visualization to share with government and internationalbodies that provide critical security and lighting.
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