FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.
This project started as a documentary film, JUSTICE FOR MY SISTER, which looks at the struggle of one woman in Guatemala to see that her sister's killer is held accountable. We followed the story from beginning to end and witnessed and experienced a number of setbacks. Because of our main character Rebeca's determination and courage, this case ended up being one of the very few to end in a conviction this last decade.
During production of the film, I was subject to a home invasion in which all my camera equipment was stolen and I was given death threats and raped. I shared my story with Rebeca shortly after it happened. She was very empathetic and told me to be patient with my healing process. She gave me peace of mind by assuring me that this would give me the strength and vision that I needed to make a far-reaching change with the film.
I began researching online technologies to address violence against women and came across Survivor's Connect. Aashika Damodar, CEO of Survivor's Connect, has been an unwavering partner of the project ever since.
Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date
While we have yet to launch our text-messaging service in Guatemala, we've begun our initial outreach with the film in California and the response has been very strong. Over 350 people have seen the film in its current fine cut stage. Many young Latinas have been very touched by the portrayal of Rebeca, a strong, dark-skinned heroine who beats Goliath with her persistence. One 29-year-old female audience member reported feeling "empowered." Male audience members have been challenged to think about how the issue of misogyny is not limited to Guatemala and exists in our own communities in the United States.
By the end of our tour in Guatemala, we anticipate that over 6,000 will have watched the film and been exposed to our text-messaging campaign.
What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?
We expect to hear from 500 women per year who want us to store their evidence. We aim to encourage 150 women per year to report crimes. We aim to oversee the formation of 4 successful watch dog groups each year. We expect 1,500 youth to subscribe to our advice-line the first year, and aim to recruit 800 the years to follow.
I absolutely believe that this project can serve as a replicable model. We have plans to replicate this project in the United States. Our U.S.-based evidence collection tool will be geared towards undocumented Spanish-speaking women, as many of them do not report crimes for fear of being deported. We are teaming up with our project partners Peace Over Violence and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) to make our project's reach most effective.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Get at least 800 subscribers to sign up for our text-messaging campaign
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Develop 4 effective watch dog groups in indigenous communities