Open Source AI tool for victims of intimate partner violence

We Encourage builds a conversational Artificial Intelligence tool for providing psycho-social support and guidance to women victims of intimate partner violence, gender-based violence and promoting sexual and reproductive health.

Violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights. Global estimates published by WHO indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.

The AI tool is expected to act as a reliable source of information for women on their rights and where to seek different levels of support. The tool will be providing step by step recommendations to victims and act as a helping friend. This intervention is expected to address a chronic development issue and to have a cross-cutting impact on SDG 3 (ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) and SDG 5 ( Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls). 

The tool is an open-source project and it is community build in collaboration with IPV experience experts, professionals and collaborating NGOs Nicehearts ryNaisten Linja and Kynnys ryThe company has signed a Letter of Intent for partnership for collaboration with United Nations Technology and Innovation Lab (UNTIL).

The tool will be pilot tested in Finland, then later scale up as a digital public good in full alignment with the principles of digital development.

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