Gender Meets Tech: Young Iraqi startups develop digital solutions to end gender-based violence

An example from the field:
In this online peer-to-peer exchange the two GIZ projects “ICT- Job Prospects for a Modern Youth in Iraq” and “Strengthening the participation of women in the rehabilitation and peace process in Iraq” share their approach and experiences on a jointly implemented 2-day online hackathon (competition for ideas) in Iraq. The hackathon aims to find innovative digital solutions to prevent and end violence against women and girls (VAWG) and/or improve the livelihood of marginalized women in the region. The measure represents cooperation on two significant cross-cutting themes of German international cooperation: Gender equality and digitalization.

More than just an event:
The two GIZ projects joined forces to bring together people with different backgrounds and expertise to tackle VAWG and support marginalized, conflict-affected women in the region. While the tech-community is responsible for the development of the digital solutions and its realization, experts from a women´s rights organization present the specific context of the challenge to the developers, act as input providers and form part of the jury to select the winning teams. To increase the sustainability of the measure, the best solution will be commissioned directly by the women’s rights organization and applied in their field implementation. This sets a special incentive for the participants since the young developers can gain actual work experience as service providers and generate an income. In addition, the hackathon also helps to raise awareness among young people about women’s rights and gender equality in the region.