Gender Based Violence (GBV), in all its forms, is a prevailing problem across Sri Lanka. The 2six4 app helps women and their friends take action through immediate response and reporting services, guidance and key information.
Women In Need (WIN) – a pioneer centre in Sri Lanka committed to the elimination of domestic and other forms of violence against women. Has a vision to promote a violence free society that values and respects the rights of women and children has been in operation since May 1988. WIN has been working with women and children who have fallen victims to violence for the past 23 years and has initiated many activities and programs for the first time in Sri Lanka.
It now has 30 centres island wide that offer free legal and counselling services to women and children subject to violence. Its 30 centers comprise of crisis centers, one stop crisis centers in hospitals, counselling centers at police stations and Women’s Resource Centers. WIN has also been operating a safe house for the past 15 years, as a shelter for women and children subject to violence.
It actively conducts awareness and outreach programs for various stakeholders such as the health sector, law enforcement officers and NGOs. Recognized as the primary National Organisation working on the issues of Gender Based Violence and the primary service provider to the nation. With a mission to promote women to break the silence and win against violence, WIN is therefore viewed as an ideal institutional partner to launch, disseminate and manage this GBV mobile application in Sri Lanka.
The information feature contains an updated archive on Gender Based Violence (GBV) including legal information, general information and video content intended to arm the user with essential information on GBV
The app seeks to provide users with prevention and response services via three separate sections: Emergency Assistance, Information and Guide me section.
SOS button will help her to contact 5 trusted friends immediately.
This segment will direct users into the emergency page that will contain an island wide database of contact and location information of police and hospital services. This section will also be equipped with a GPS locator, to provide users with proximate information of hospital and police services within the vicinity of her current location.
The emergency section will also be provided with access to the direct (dedicated) hotline to Women in Need to provide users with quality support and guidance on GBV issues during an emergency. The emergency assistance section will also be equipped with a personal location identifier (intervention) which will essentially allow the user to select 6 personal contacts of her choice, to whom an emergency message/location coordinates may be sent in situations of emergency.
This is a one stop shop to arm users with a world of information on gender based violence. The section will contain quality information packaged in the form of influential videos, inspiration stories and instructions on different situations of GBV. The “i2E” corner will be constantly updated by Women In Need to equip users with the most useful and contemporary information on GBV given the local context. This information will run into different thematic areas such as legal counsel, Medical instructions and guidance on interaction with police services.
The assistance section will provide guidance upon which the user has an opportunity to make her own choice between three different options designed to provide her with assistance more tailored to her needs during that particular time of access. The first option will redirect the user to the i2E page, the second option will give users the choice of speaking “to a trusted friend from WIN” and the third option will redirect users to the “Women and Children desk” page, for access during situations of urgency. Each option will contain some guidance to allow users to make a more informed decision in different situations of GBV.