A Glimpse of New Light for Girls in the COVID-19 Pandemic Period

Eunice Owino
Posted April 15, 2021 from Kenya

Our organization Centre for Women Empowerment in Technology (CWE-TECH) recently launched a new product with girls of Kowidi Secondary school during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This was informed by a survey in Kenya on surges of teenage pregnancies. There was a 40% rise in the number of teen pregnancies in Kenya, with 152,000 pregnancies reported within three months at the onset of Covid-19 pandemic. There was lack of youth friendly services in clinics and hospitals too.

CWE-TECH was able to guide the girls of Kowidi secondary school to rapidly explore, build, and test a new idea and solution on their sexual reproductive health and livelihood. They were able to prototype a solution for adolescent girls for a challenge which was around the following question:

How might we equip girls to hold governments accountable on the delivery of youth-friendly health services during the COVID pandemic?

After deliberations, discussions, explorations in three teams, the girls came up with a product known as ‘Techy Girl’

Techy Girl is a mobile game played during a clinic visit that collects feedback for government accountability. It gamifies reporting to make it fun and engaging for girls. At the clinic, girls now have a mechanism to give feedback on their live experiences at the clinic. The game prompts girls to know what to look for, what to expect, and ultimately what they deserve in a clinic.

 

 

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Jill Langhus
Apr 16
Apr 16

Hi Eunice,

Oh, dear:-( This sounds like a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

Hope you're doing well, and that you have a good weekend!

METIEGE OKON NOEL EVE

Congrats sis and thanks for the good work

Nini Mappo
Apr 17
Apr 17

Hello Eunice,
That is wonderful news. It is encouraging to hear of girl-student oriented solutions and see the tech leadership they demonstrate in here. Good on you and CWE-TECH for stepping in to help challenge, motivate and nurture these girls!

Cgbidi
Apr 17
Apr 17

Thank you such a great initiative

Manasa Ram Raj
Apr 17
Apr 17

Dear Eunice, what an incredible vision to develop an app to collect feedback. Thank you for your leadership and innovation. Congratulations!

Olutosin
Apr 18
Apr 18

Thank you for the noble idea.

neha.rai
Apr 21
Apr 21

Eunice, Great move. Keep up the good work and empowering girls.

Loreen Meda
Apr 21
Apr 21

Thank you for sharing, it is definitely a way to gather information without making the girls feel exposed and vulnerable. A great tool to monitor and evaluate the information the girls know. I wish you every success

srivarsha.gorge
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thats a great idea to collect feedback! Hope the app helps improve the clinic services provided.

Nari
May 01
May 01

Thank you for sharing your story, it was truly inspiring.