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A mobile and web app and Facebook chatbot for survivors of Gender-Based Violence to find help anywhere in the world.

Saahas

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Survivors who have faced violence either don’t know where to go for help, or don’t have resources to find out where to go for help. The name Saahas, in Hindi, translates to mean “Courage.” The app recognizes that a survivor’s choice to stand up to violence and a bystander’s choice to intervene in a case of violence is an act of courage.
Introduction

What is Saahas?

“One stop spot for a survivor to find help and for a bystander to be of support to a survivor.”

Kirthi Jayakumar, CEO and Founder of The Red Elephant Foundation

Saahas comprises a directory of support across 196 countries, a database of guidance notes on understanding gender-based violence and ways to respond to them. The directory of support comprises over 40000 organizations across 196 countries offering medical, legal, education / employment, resources (food, shelter, clothing, emergency support), consular and refugee-specific support, police and ambulance services for survivors of gender-based violence and child support services.

Survivors who have faced violence either don’t know where to go for help, or don’t have resources to find out where to go for help. Sometimes, their situation prevents them from finding help, and that can be extremely dangerous to their safety. The name Saahas, in Hindi, translates to mean “Courage.” The app recognizes that a survivor’s choice to stand up to violence and a bystander’s choice to intervene in a case of violence is an act of courage.

Saahas' web, mobile version and chatbot are now available in six languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish:

Arabic: http://saahas-ar.redelephantfoundation.org 

Chinese: http://saahas-ch.redelephantfoundation.org

English: http://saahas.redelephantfoundation.org 

French: http://saahas-fr.redelephantfoundation.org

Russia: http://saahas-ru.redelephantfoundation.org

Spanish: http://saahas-es.redelephantfoundation.org

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Intended Outcomes
117
Views
16 - 18
Age Group
2018
Established
Resources Needed
We welcome collaborations in the following spaces: 1) Training and facilitating use of the app 2) Delivery of the app through a service-model collaboration 3) Adding resources to the app 4) Verifying resources on the app
Posts

See this innovation in action.

UNSTOPPABLE: STORIES OF SOCIAL CHANGE | ET Women's Forum 2018
The GBV Help Map
Saahas – the story of one woman, a laptop and a big vision
#WhatWomenWant Campaign - Young Feminist Blog Series - Kirthi Jayakumar, The Red Elephant Foundation
Smartphones Supporting Survivors – DFID Inclusive Societies – Medium
When technology belongs to the survivor: The Story of Saahas
A voice for the vulnerable
Apps that make women brave

Steps

Inspired to implement this? Here's how...

01
Train individuals to use the app in your community
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02
Add data to our app
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03
Verify data on our app
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Kirthi Jayakumar
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