AI-powered smart companion, rAInbow, wins Innovating Justice Challenge

AI-powered smart companion, rAInbow, wins Innovating Justice Challenge

Sage, a leader for cloud business management solutions, has announced that rAInbow, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered smart companion supporting victims of domestic violence, has won the Southern Africa Regional Finals of the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law’s (HiiL’s) Innovating Justice Challenge.

The Regional Finals honoured solutions that help people prevent or resolve a pressing justice need.

As founding a partner, Sage Foundation worked with AI for Good and the Soul City Institute for Social Justice to develop rAInbow, which aims to democratise access to information and support for victims of domestic violence, as well as their friends and family. It can be accessed anonymously via Facebook Messenger and provides a safe space for domestic violence victims to access information about their rights and support options in friendly, simple language. It was launched first in South Africa, with plans to expand its reach.

rAInbow will now participate in the Justice Accelerator programme at HiiL’s head office in The Hague, The Netherlands.

“We are thrilled to receive this award after an amazing week of learning and connecting with Africa’s best innovators, who are on a mission to bring justice to everyone,” said Joanne Van der Walt, Director at Sage Foundation.

“The award comes one year after rAInbow’s official launch. During this time, rAInbow has facilitated over 720,000 conversations with over 15,000 users, and we now better understand attitudes towards, and behaviours stimulating, domestic violence. This valuable insight helps us to improve the service and advice that rAInbow provides victims, so that they can be empowered to make informed decisions.

Joanne van der Walt, Director, Sage Foundation (left) accepts the award from Hague Institute for Innovation of Law’s (HiiL’s) Innovating Justice Challenge

“We’re excited for the next phase of rAInbow, which will allow us to impact millions more lives using AI, and we are grateful for the experience and learning that awaits us in The Netherlands. Powerful things happen when technologists and non-technologists unite under a common goal, as was evident in the solutions presented by the other eight finalists. Well done to all the inspirational justice innovators. I can’t wait to see what they do next.”

The Innovating Justice accolade comes months after rAInbow won a UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Netexplo Award for its use of digital technology to impact society. AI for Good founder, Kriti Sharma, was also awarded a Points of Light Award, bestowed by the UK Prime Minister’s Office on individuals who are making an impact in their communities, for her work on rAInbow.

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