Jaccaidi Dyer: connecting young women with emotional support services
The pandemic has seen a rise in gender-based violence, predominantly affecting young women. The charity Refuge reported a 700% increase in traffic to their website during lockdown, whilst a Karma Nirvana study, the charity supporting victims of honour-based abuse, has reported a 162% rise in caseloads and a 400% rise in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women experiencing emotional abuse during the pandemic. Many of these women have been unable to access the emotional and mental health support they need, exacerbated by the added pressure on services at this time as well as a lack of information around support options available.
Jaccaidi Dyer has a background in tackling global gender-based violence, and she leads the For Her project as a tech for good initiative.
She will use her grant to launch For Her, an online platform that makes it easier for young women to access a range of free mental health, specialist support and wellbeing services in one empowering click. She hopes to supply free subscriptions to premium mental health apps for more than 200 young women who are stuck on counselling waiting lists or unable to access support. Additionally, she plans to create free digital resources that reach broader audiences, including an online retreat for women from minoritised racial communities, an art therapy video series, and mindfulness and mental health podcasts delivered in partnership with charities, therapists and coaches. Furthermore, she aims to support charities to use new technology tools to aid their in-service delivery and outreach, so that they can reach young women who are marginalised or vulnerable. Jaccaidi's Churchill Fellowship to the Caribbean in 2018 explored young women’s cyber-activism for tackling gender-based violence.