Dutch institutions collaborate to design innovative solutions to gender based-violence

The Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa and the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law, Southern Africa (HiiL) are partnering to host a Barcamp for Justice which will run from 5-9 October. This event will seek ways in which to leverage the fourth industrial revolution in combating the scourge of gender based-violence (GBV) in South Africa.

Deputy Ambassador Jan Huesken, who will be present at the event, says that: “We are excited about this event, because it is a reflection of an innovative collaboration that combines people’s ideas with technology to address gender based-violence and have real impact in communities”.

Solving justice issues by innovations

Offering R20 000 to the final two solutions, the Barcamp hopes to stimulate debate and increase the use of technology to solve issues relating to GBV. “The concept of using innovation for justice is fast-becoming synonymous with our programmes,” says Themba Mahleka, co-head of the HiiL Justice Accelerator Southern Africa. “As a catalyst for change, the Barcamp for Justice will initially focus on select GBV problem statements and how technology can be applied to affect a positive change.”

On the second day, facilitated ideation sessions will be hosted around those problem statements, and those participants wishing to participate in the challenge will form teams to build technological solutions to prevent or resolve GBV in South Africa. The third and fourth days will consist of mentorship, workshops and the development of the solutions. On the final day the solutions will be presented for discussion, and participants will be invited to vote to decide which two ideas will receive a grant of R20 000 each for further development.

HiiL Innovation Fast Track

In addition to the funding, the two best proposals from the Barcamp will be guaranteed a place in the next part of HiiL’s programme for supporting justice innovations.

“We will grant the final two automatic entries into the HiiL Innovation Fast Track (IFT) programme scheduled for Q1 of 2021,” says Mahleka, “We welcome anyone interested in access to justice and innovation, and are keen to see the winning solutions, to join the sessions.”

Register for Barcamp

The event will be held on Zoom from 5 – 9 October 2020. Registration is via this link: https://bit.ly/justicebarcamp

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