Challenge sponsored by UNFPA‘S Equalizer Accelerator Fund, and made in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Trade Center.
Participants were incentivized with a cash prize that allowed them to expand their idea from the pilot stage to full production, for the potential benefit of millions of people around the world.
The challenge has received additional funding from the Governments of Luxembourg, Finland and Denmark. Launched in 2021, UNFPA Fund offers equity-free investments in women-led or co-led social enterprises and can show proof of the impact they will have .
The key to progress
Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA said, regarding the competition that “Creative thinking and innovative solutions are key to advancing progress for women and girls around the world.. “
The 2022 Challenge is awarding ten women-led organizations from five different regions of the globe.
Initially, a panel of experts received 300 entries from 61 countries. After 20 contestants made it to the final round Presenting their innovative ideas to the panel, the 10 final winners then signed a 9-month contract with UNFPA and will receive a $60,000 zero equity investment.
The grant will allow the winning organizations to transition out of the testing phase and start mass production.
UNFPA and its partners will also support social enterprises with targeted mentoring, training opportunities, interactive workshops and unique access to the UN’s global network.
The agency says the winning ideas differ in function, but are united in ingenuity. Examples of award-winning designs range from a mobile diagnostic system for preeclampsia, to a board game that disseminates information about sexual and reproductive health and rights.
See below for the full list of winners from around the world:
Foundation Paniamor, Costa Rica
Foundation Paniamor has developed a new set of digital tools for adolescent girls to help prevent and respond to online violence.
GerHub reaches women and girls in remote areas with sexual and reproductive health information and services through mobile clinics and telemedicine.
Global Preeclampsia Initiative, Uganda
The mobile diagnostic system helps pregnant women with early detection, prompt referral and effective management of preeclampsia – a life-threatening hypertensive disorder that affects up to 10 years of age. percent pregnancy-related mortality in Africa.
Hillspring Diagnostics, Nigeria
A revolutionary method to detect ectopic pregnancy, a condition that can have dangerous consequences including death for mother and baby, if not diagnosed and treated promptly.
Impact Innovation Institute, Armenia
SafeYou’s app is a unique digital solution that provides women and girls with security functions to protect them from violence and provides tools for survivors.
An immersive augmented reality experience that aims to prevent gender-based violence by introducing user simulation based on real women’s experiences.
Tirando X Colombia, based in Colombia
An AI-enhanced chatbot provides adolescent girls with quality sexual and reproductive health information and services, helping to end the cycle of poverty caused by multiple teenage pregnancies .
A one-stop family health and wellbeing platform providing access to information on family planning, reproductive health and services for young women and new mothers.
Urukundo Initiative, Rwanda
The life skills board game Urukundo is the first licensed low-tech educational game in Rwanda that disseminates information on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Women Entrepreneurship and Technology (WETECH), Cameroon
A hub of community and women’s innovation centerprovides a digital tool that connects survivors and those at risk of gender-based violence through a secure and confidential messaging platform.