Leap² Innovation Challenge Women in Tech Theme: Health.
Ask Without Shame provides emergency sex education via mobile technology to the Ugandan youth through an app and Hotline. It is a free and anonymous service to answer questions regarding sexual matters without judgment or shame regarding sex, HIV, STDs, body changes, contraception and pregnancy through a 24/7 intervention of medical experts.
Lack of Menstrual Knowledge.
In Uganda, Embarrassment and fear prevent the majority of the adolescent girls from seeking information about sexual reproductive health and services. Just like any other sexuality topic, The subject of menstruation, however, is too often taboo, and has many negative cultural attitudes associated with it, including the idea that menstruating women and girls are ‘contaminated’, ‘dirty’ and ‘impure’.
This false information tremendously stigmatizes girls and causes psychological pain.Women and girls in rural setting s and in particular girls in schools suffer the most from stigma. They often end up suffering in silence and believing that something is wrong with them while staying disempowered.
Knowledge is power. The information what a girl could do in emergency situations can have big impact on her life. But without access to information and support, self-blame as well as rumors and myths are often spread.
Ask Without Shame Approach:
Ask Without Shame provides emergency sex education via mobile phone to Ugandan adolescent girls, young women and other youth. They provide accurate information at the finger tips of every user via an android App, what's app, Hotline and SMS service. It is a free and anonymous service to answer questions regarding sexual matters without judgment or shame.
Medical experts are available 24/7 to assist youth with the right information, whatever emergency they are facing and whatever question they have regarding body changes, HIV, STDs, sex, contraception and pregnancy.