We got inspired by a letter made by a closest friend of Andrea, a girl brutally murdered by her husband. In the letter, she told her: "Sorry, sorry for not doing anything about it the first time I heard Edwin assaulted you. Sorry for not calling you to see what was really happening and if you needed help, and even if it was necessary and you got angry with me, try to get you away from that man... Sorry for not thinking that something worse could happen, that you could die by Edwin's hands, as it happened..."
According to UN Women, Worldwide around 120 million girls (slightly more than 1 in 10) have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives. Latin America is the region where there are more murders of women because of their gender: 14 of the 25 countries in the world with the highest rates of feminicide are in this part of the world. Around 60,000 women are killed each year in Latin America, mainly at the hands of a "sentimental partner".
What it does -
We empower victims of violence through an anonymous virtual Friend skill for Alexa that would let the users have an anonymous conversation about violence circles, tips and recommendations.
Disclaimer: "This tool does not provide medical advice, and is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional therapist advice, treatment or diagnosis. Call your Therapist to receive medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, please dial your local emergency response phone number."
Also, this skill don't allow user to contact emergency responders (e.g. 911, or other emergency response products and services).
How we built it (process)
We combined the power and scope of Facebook messenger & Alexa Skill, and integrate with Natural Language Processing tools, web speech recognition and cloud functions, so we can provide an easy and powerful tool where people can report, denounce and get support from any type of violence at any time and moment.
Challenges we ran into
Empowering people to denounce or report third persons violent incidents... The most frequently asked question concerning a battering situations is, why does the victim stay? While there exists a variety of reasons, it is also very possible that the victim may be locked into a cycle of violence.
A more technical challenge was to integrate the FB messenger reports with the map.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Create a chatbot that can do save life's! Live bot working.
Try it on **Assistant (Beta): on FB Messenger: https://m.me/wedostopviolence
What we learned
People suffering violent incidents, don’t have a timely mechanism for making anonymous denounces or reports, so thousands of women are killed every year around the globe... Some of the most vulnerable members of the group with no place to turn are killed without a voice, and a simple application can help save people lives.
What's next for WeToo
Giving a voice to the +120 million girls around the globe, that have experienced forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives.