Three primary five pupils in Nigeria have developed a gender-based security (GBS) app to report crimes against women and girls.
The pupils, all girls and primary five pupils at Jacob’s Well Montessori School International in Port Harcourt, developed the app with the full support of their mentor, Mr. Somkene Mamah.
Trio of 10-year-old Mfoniso Princess Unwana Jacob, 10-year-old Deborah Olaalonpe Oladeru, and 11-year-old Eseose Noah-Okpere developed the app to help fight crimes and other gender-based violence against females.
Their security app got them shortlisted as semi-finalists in the Technovation Girls 2022 annual competition taking place virtually on August 12th.
Every year, Technovation invites teams of girls around the world to learn and innovate solutions to solve real-world problems through technology.
Girl teams at the competition try to provide innovative solutions to the many problems facing the world, especially as they affect women too such as Female genital mutilation (FGM), climate change and gender inequality. Others includes health, security and domestic violence; forced and early marriages, physical and mental or sexual assaults.
According to a 2013 report by NDHS, nearly 3 in 10 Nigerian women have experienced physical violence by age 15.
Meanwhile, the gender-based app by the pupils, apart from report crimes against females, also help survivors of gender-based violence to connect with each other.
How The Gender-Based Security App Works:
According to the younger innovators, the Gender-Based Security App works by alerting appropriate authorities about violence or crime against a female victim.
The app has an alert button which enables a female victim to click and a report is made.
When a victim clicks on the button, the app immediately sends an alert message with audio evidence of the abuse to the victim’s pre-registered rescuers.
Among the rescuers are guardians and security agencies.
Below is a video explanation of how the app works: