Violence against women is a devastating global crisis that demands immediate attention. According to the World Health Organization, one in three women worldwide experiences physical or sexual violence during their lifetime, and the rates are even higher in low-income countries.
The impact of gender-based violence is particularly severe during humanitarian crises such as conflicts, displacement, and natural disasters. During these crises, women and girls are at a higher risk of becoming victims of sexual and gender-based violence, including rape, forced marriage, and human trafficking.
Traditional approaches to combat violence against women have historically focused on punitive measures and criminal justice solutions. However, these approaches have been insufficient in preventing violence and addressing its root causes. Many women face cultural, economic, and social barriers that impede their ability to report incidents of violence or seek help. Moreover, these responses do not adequately address the societal norms and power dynamic that perpetuate violence against women.
Innovation has presented a unique opportunity to tackle the issue of violence against women.