Using technology as a platform for primary prevention of teen dating violence (TDV), this project will educate and empower users about their rights, teach healthy relationship, gender equality, conflict resolution and will ultimately prevent TDV, all while ensuring privacy and confidentiality. YTH (youth + tech + health), with in-country partners at GOJoven Honduras and technical partners at GOJoven International/PHI, will work with youth to design ZonaSegura to increase young women and girls' (YWG) knowledge of their rights in Honduras relating to TDV, build self-efficacy for TDV prevention, and provide peer support. Our parallel SMS campaign will reach young men and boys (YMB) with targeted messages on health relationships, gender equality and address masculinity stereotypes. ZonaSegura will be a private and confidential digital platform linking youth to services and gamified educational content, allowing them the ability to contact trusted friends and family when they need support. Rooted in social-ecological model, Health Belief Model, and Social Cognitive Theories, ZonaSegura will be designed using youth-centered design, a methodology empowering young people to take active steps in addressing the biggest challenges in their lives.
Lead agency: Internet Sexuality Information Services, Inc. (YTH)
PI: Bhupendra Sheoran