Organized in partnership with the Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) and the Global Network for Youth with Disabilities (GNYPWD), the competition will reduce inequalities and promote the empowerment of young people with disabilities. Provide financial support to social enterprises that create innovative solutions aimed at .
The challenge prompted participants to submit innovative ideas to address topics such as gender-based violence and improving access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. It also aimed to foster digital inclusion and promote solutions to overcome socio-cultural barriers.
hundreds of applications
The organizers reviewed 229 applications from 54 countries in 6 regions around the world. A panel of judges selected four winning ventures based on their efforts to help young people with disabilities access sexual and reproductive health and rights.
These organizations address the critical challenges and obstacles faced by young people with disabilities around the world, including increased risk of violence, difficulty accessing sexual and reproductive health services, and difficulty meeting basic needs. It is working.
The four winners announced this week are:
Promoting collection of disability data
Kenya’s Technoprise Global was selected for its project on conversational artificial intelligence (AI) for comprehensive data collection. The project introduces a state-of-the-art, multilingual AI-powered platform meticulously designed to foster respectful and dynamic conversations.
The core of this platform will play a key role in enabling accurate and comprehensive data collection on sexual and reproductive rights and health needs.
Focused on filling the gaps in effective data collection within the disability community, the initiative will focus on personalized, user-centered social media specifically aimed at empowering and educating young people living with disabilities. It is emerging as a pioneer of information dissemination.
Empowering Disability Stories
Arianta Infonet from the Republic of Moldova was selected for her efforts to empower content creators with disabilities through podcasting.
The initiative, unfolded through the impactful podcast “Depasim Prejudecati” “Overcoming Prejudice”, has resonated both inside and outside Moldova, raising awareness of the hurdles faced by individuals with disabilities and effectively dispelling common misconceptions. Did.
Creators are ready to develop episodes that explore a variety of issues, including sexual and reproductive health, as well as the gender-based violence uniquely experienced by people with disabilities.
Filling information gaps about disabilities
India’s Access Able announced “Information Access on SRH Topics Using Conversational Flows in Low Resource Environments”. This initiative aims to address the common problem of restricted access faced by people with disabilities in obtaining sexual and reproductive health information and services.
The project employs an interactive engagement mechanism utilizing SMS and automated voice response, and remains accessible in scenarios where there is no internet connection, smartphone, or technical expertise.
redefining menstrual awareness
Cameroon’s Inclusive Reproductive Health Initiative (IRHI), led by women, aims to dispel taboos and raise awareness of the menstrual cycle and sexual health, especially among young women and girls with disabilities, by promoting the menstrual cycle. It is intended to accelerate the development of tracking devices. .
Alongside the device, complementary workshops and training can empower these people by providing insight into their menstrual patterns and reproductive cycle.
Grants and Coaching
The four winners will receive grants in the form of seed funding along with professional coaching and will participate in a series of customized workshops to test and advance their innovations.