TECH STUDENTS TO FIGHT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN THROUGH INNOVATION
By: Prossy Tulinomubezi
Makerere university students are to join a fight against women violence through a Technovation challenge by developing mobile applications in categories of emergency response, access to information, services and reporting category.
This was arrived at in the Technovation challenge meeting that was held Thursday October 10, 2015 at the College of Computing and Information Sciences which saw representatives from different projects who discussed their advancement and encounters in the course of development of the applications.
The aim of the challenge is to empower female students to come up with solutions that would end violence against women and girls through innovation projects.
“Our aim is to fight violence against women and girls using innovation but targeting Makerere female students first,” says Martin Mugume, the Project Coordinator.
Project tittles include; Quick save, Safe drink, Keep women safe, Girl alive, Online boutique ordering system, Be aware, Power woman among others which aim at Supporting Women and Girls in Computer Science and promoting access to services like security, health centers, legal services, counselling among others.
Michael Kizito, Assistant Lecturer CoCIS advised participants to ensure that their innovations are directed towards ending violence against women and to work as a team.
“Time keeping is a major issue therefore work jointly as a team if you are to complete your innovations within the given timeline, says Kizito.
Michael Kagimu, the Team leader says awards are awaiting participants in form of Cash, Smart phones, T-shirts, Certificates among other prices.
The challenge is sponsored by Protecting Women & Children against Violence-Uganda (PROWOCAVU), the Institute of International education (IIE) and Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech).