"The mission of the SBP is to ensure women globally have access to their right for adequate reproductive healthcare"

- Caitlin Haas, Director of Safe Birthing Programme

 

Through the Safe Birthing Programme, International Women’s Initiative aims to promote gender equality by reducing maternal mortality in countries where women have the highest lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy and childbirth. IWI’s Safe Birthing Programme offers low-cost, high-impact solutions for achieving SDG 3, aiming to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio, and SDG 5, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment through universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services.

What We Are Doing

To date, the Safe Birthing Programme has provided birthing kits to health centres in the Amolatar District of Northern Uganda resulting in improved sanitary conditions to prevent childbirth infections for mother and child. As a result of the success of this programme, IWI will be expanding the Safe Birthing Programme to Adale Town, Somalia, and will launch a third location the end of 2017.

Every day 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Approximately 99% of all maternal deaths occur in the developing world. Maternal mortality is an important indicator of health inequalities between and within nations, and stagnation in maternal health progress is a violation of women’s human rights. Investing in maternal health has numerous implications not only for women, but also for the health and future of children and communities worldwide. International Women’s Initiative is confident that the Safe Birthing Programme will elicit a systemic change to women’s access to healthcare. We are proud of the change we have elicited in the Amolatar District, and are excited to bring our programme to our new location in order to safeguard motherhood for women throughout the world.

 

 

2016 marked the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. Despite this, at least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labour and bonded labour. Of these, women and girls make up 98% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

 

International Women's Initiative’s The Human Project is looking at forms of human trafficking that disproportionately affect women and girls and the methods of recruitment that target these groups. We will help to create a world where women and girls can live free from exploitation and full of dignity.

What We Are Doing

Other than awareness raising and education, The Human Project will work in collaboration with regional partners to establish the Summit Safe House for female trafficking survivors. The Summit Safe House will be a residential facility that will work to rehabilitate survivors through a programme specifically designed to support their recovery from trafficking. With the aid of psychological and physical support, after participants complete rehabilitation they will receive an educational scholarship to set them on a path of wellbeing and empowerment. The importance of an education, in particular for females, cannot be put into words. Many of the circumstances faced by women globally, including trafficking, would be minimised through education. With education comes empowerment.

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The overall objective of the TechHumanity Research Project is to strengthen the evidence base on the use of technology in the prevention of human trafficking, and in enhancing the support to vulnerable peoples, with a particular focus on Asia.

 

In collaboration with our partner Liberty Asia, IWI is undertaking research into the role of mobile technology in reaching the victims (and the vulnerable) of human trafficking.

With technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, it is inevitably featuring more heavily in NGO prevention and protection programmes. However, there is little to no research out there exploring which technological interventions are actually successful, and which are not.

Mobile phone technology is used in very different ways across the globe, according to a country's history, culture and infrastructure - and there have been a wealth of technology-based programmes aimed at the prevention and support of human trafficking victims with varying success.

What We Are Doing

Through interviews with NGO's, technology firms and human trafficking victims, our study seeks to provide an objective review of the mobile tech interventions across the world and the reasons for their success or failure. We will provide a framework for what does work, and the key considerations to factor in to any technology intervention programme for Human Trafficking.

We believe that technology can and will play an important role in Human Trafficking victim support, and indeed many other human rights issues; our aim is to add insight for NGO's and technology firms to move us closer towards reaching victims who need our support the most.

 

"Hear her roar!.....Poppy has a gift for laying bare the issues and experiences of women by discussing with them the stark truth of their reality. She helps us realise that no matter the walk of life, we are all as women connected."

— Aubrey Shayler, IWI Founder & Executive Director

 

AudioRoar! is a monthly series which brings to its audience the views of IWI reporter and podcast host Poppy Damon. Ms Damon brings the voices of brave women worldwide and looks at those campaigning for change.

 

"One of the best storytellers I have come across, Tarang has the knack of tapping into the mind and hearts of those she documents, while creating the perfect platform for them to share their experiences."

— Aubrey Shayler, IWI Founder & Executive Director

 

The World I Know is IWI's first monthly video series which has two simple goals: The first is to document the experiences of Londoners. This series will provide a window into the many different forms of human rights abuses experienced by women living in London on a regular basis.

The second goal is to create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants. There is a misconception that human rights abuses are exclusive to third world regions, and that first world populations are immune. This cannot be further from the truth.

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