ZonaSegura: GOJoven’s newest collaborative project to build safe spaces for adolescents in Honduras

With support from the World Bank and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), ZonaSegura is a trauma-informed youth-centered innovative mobile solution to address teen dating violence in Honduras. Led by YTH, in partnership with GOJoven Honduras and the Public Health Institute’s (PHI) GOJoven International Program, this project aims to prevent teen dating violence (TDV) through provision of prevention information, healthy relationship education, and geo-location linkage to TDV services and resources. ZonaSegura leverages the high rates of mobile phone usage among young women and girls (YWG) and men and boys (YMB) ages 14-19 in Honduras to assist them in overcoming individual and structural barriers to accessing rights-based and gender-sensitive TDV prevention information and services.

Technology

ZonaSegura includes a mobile-responsive study website, Android mobile application (app), and WhatsApp text messaging. Each piece of technology provides information around healthy relationships and TDV prevention with activities and messaging to reinforce learning. By using the technology, teens learn about legal rights, how to identify abuse, how to create a healthy relationship and/or safely end an abusive relationship, and guides users on safety planning. They can also use the app and WhatsApp messages to locate youth-friendly TDV services in their locality.

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