A Non Governmental Organization, the DOHS CARES FOR VULNERABLE WOMEN AND CHILDREN FOUNDATION (DOHS CARES FOUNDATION) has kicked off plans to curb sexual and gender based violence and gender inequality with technology, through one of it’s initiative named # ChampionHer, on the 25th of March 2023 in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area Lagos state, to commemorate the International Women’s day DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality theme.
Haven implemented several initiatives as the DOHS PODCAST (www.dohspodcast.com )a Bibliotherapy podcast that caters to survivors and victims of sexual and gender based violence sharing their stories and using their experience to motivate other women and girls to speak up against abuse and abandon their toxic environment, The DOHS CARES FOUNDATION is a breath of welcoming fresh air on the humanitarian scenery as it was birthed to transform the lives of Vulnerable people while amplifying the needs for social change in our society.
With a Mission to foster a new generation of human rights advocates and engage in activities that guarantees the rights of women, children and vulnerable people to be free from violence, abuse and exploitation, DOHS Cares Foundation’s various sensitization initiatives are already citadels for global advocates to eradicate sexual and gender based violence, eliminate gender inequality, and protect vulnerable people against abuse. https://dohspodcast.com/the-dohs-podcast-spotlights-orphans-and-vulnerable-children-in-its-new-initiative-to-eradicate-gender-based-violence
The #ChampionHer Initiative is geared towards deploying digital solutions within local context to tackle the constraints that victims of abuse or indigent women encounter in their small and medium enterprises by:
Empowering 200 female entrepreneurs strategies for business upscale via social media.
Engaging them through Fintech Professionals, with applications and interactive websites such as e-commerce platforms, e-wallet, crowdfunding platforms, technology innovation hubs, and e-service payments amongst others.
This will in turn remove barriers to female entrepreneurship and skills development, which in essence will drive economic inclusion and development for women and girls, make their individual social well-being increase as well as bridge the digital gap on gender inequality and champion them into a digital future
The Foundation is headed by Ololade Ajayi, A social activist, poet and podcast host, who has hosted over 30 survivors (some of whom she had been involved in their rescue, shelter placement and perpetrator prosecution process) and guests on the podcast who shared their stories and information on what to do if one encounters sexual and gender based violence. The DOHS Podcast is also the first Bibliotherapy platform in Nigeria that uses poetry to heal the trauma that victims of abuse experience.
In Ololade’s words “ every child, woman or vulnerable person deserves to be heard, aided when they need help and be treated with dignity and fairness, and that’s why we are leveraging on technological methods to eradicate gender inequality, contribute to a world in which human rights and dignity are upheld, sensitize the populace, curb sexual and gender based violence, create a culture of inclusion for People Living with Disabilities (PLWD), build safe spaces and shelters for survivors to thrive, and obtain justice for victims of abuse.
It’s many initiatives such as the educational advocacy programs, community sensitization programs and safe spaces program for survivors can be found on the DOHS podcast https://dohspodcast.com/dohs-podcast-embarks-on-aggressive-advocacy-campaigns-to-combat-sexual-and-gender-based-violence/