Preventing gender-based violence through mobile app: World Bank offers special project to Armenia  

14:48 • 03.04.18



The World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative have offered a $95,500 worth grant project to the Incubator Enterprise Foundation (EIF) of Armenia in aid to efforts towards reducing gender-based violence.


The project is aimed at combating not only physical violence but also gender inequality in the society in general, the Foundation’s director, Bagrat Yengibaryan, told reporters on Tuesday.   


“A survey conducted in Japan revealed that only a 20% employability females' would raise their gross domestic product by 10%. It is not just about women, as we see also the contrary scenario in many places. This is why we need a more clear-cut outlook the problem. In Armenia, we have organizations which offer quite interesting solutions; they have a creative workforce capable of processing a software app. A mobile application will be launched to prevent gender-based violence,” he said, adding that they have only one year to complete the project.

Yengibaryan said they expect the innovative idea to give potential victims a real-time opportunity to seek, and benefit from, the necessary assistance.


“Gender-based violence is a global problem; many studies are conducted based upon assumptions only, as the sub-hypothesis of violence never gives us any information in essence. A key global challenge today is to understand how to reduce that problem by using information technologies. Considering that the IT is a rapidly developing sector in Armenia, EIF has been offered this grant to propose a global solution,” he said.


Sylvie Bossoutrot, the WB country manager for Armenia, Europe and Central Asia, agreed with his colleague, adding that they now  have the necessary tools to estimate the GDP damage linked to gender-based violence.  She cited the WB statistics estimating that 35% of women aroundthe globe experience a certain form of violence (whether physical or sexual)  by a partner, spouse or any other male in their lifetime.  She said they now have a good time to understand what activities to undertake to properly address the problem.  


Bossoutrot said they also hope that the application will be a great comfort to potential beneficiaries, dispelling their loneliness and allowing them to turn to the necessary services for aid instead of keeping silent.  

 

 

Ani Ohanyan





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