Okoa Jamii

Kenya

Leap² Swahili-Tech Women Innovation Challenge - winner of the 'best campaign' award. Theme: Human Rights.

Okoa Jamii is an online platform for anonymous gender based violence reporting, helping women speak up about human rights violation against them to help address the rising cases of domestic violence by using the high rate of mobile phone penetration in the community and country at large.

1 out of every 3 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime. The rate is at 35% globally. These are only those that see the day of light and get heard of; now imagine how many cases go unpunished and unspoken.

Okoa Jamii is an online platform for anonymous gender based violence reporting that helps women speak up about human rights violation against them. Their technology provides a platform that raises the crying voices of the unheard Mothers, Women and Girls in our communities who are oppressed. Okoa Jamii gives them a platform to improve their access to justice.

The founder tells: I came up with Okoa Jamii after witnessing a neighbour continually abused by the husband, I tried ignoring it for a while until it became too much to just keep quiet about. I asked her why she doesn’t report the problem and she said that she doesn’t even know where to get help from!

I believe everyone should be empowered to speak up for their rights and I vowed that as long as I breathe I hope that I will one day help women all over the world speak up against these injustices.

Okoa Jamii is the tool I am going to use to achieve this dream. When courage, genius, and generosity hold hands, all things are possible.