At The Whistle, we develop tools to support specific campaigns in long-term partnership with local NGOs. Here are some of our recent and ongoing projects:
Global Rights Nigeria, an NGO based in Abuja, wanted to address the underreporting of sexual assault in their community. The Whistle team, in collaboration with Global Rights Nigeria, developed a web form for members of the communities at universities in Lagos and Abuja to report sexual assault. The tool was part of a campaign called ‘Rape is A Crime,’ which helps individuals talk about these issues and access resources. It was also accompanied by a website, whose development was led by The Whistle and educates survivors on security and health issues.
In February 2018, members of The Whistle team travelled to Abuja for the launch of the campaign and tool at the University of Abuja Law School. The launch generated a lot of excitement, with hundreds of people in attendance to learn more about the campaign and watch spoken word performances, short film screenings and talks by celebrities, GRN staff and advocates. An educational programme equipped ambassadors and volunteers on how to use the reporting tools and how to encourage survivors to report incidents.
Humans for Rights Networks is an organisation seeking to digitally document rights violations against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants across Europe in order to pursue accountability and justice. HRN is particularly concerned police brutality, the denial of basic rights such as shelter and sanitation, andthe trafficking and sexual exploitation of children, who are often denied appropriate medical care or asylum information by authorities.
Through the work of the founder, Maddie Harris, HRN found that survivors often expressed frustration at their inability to document violations and receive redress. As such, HRN is partnering with The Whistle to develop an SMS-based reporting tool and web-based report-management dashboard that will enable the organisation to collect and amplify the stories lost, buried and ignored.
The ‘End Everyday Racism’ campaign was developed in collaboration with Mónica Moreno Figueroa, Senior Lecturer at Cambridge’s Department of Sociology as well as one of Cambridge’s Race Equality and Inclusion Champions. The project’s reporting form allows individuals to record and report incidents of racial harassment and discrimination within the University. This information will be used to create a dataset demonstrating how racism is experienced at Cambridge and supporting social change and policy change around racism. The project also aims to fuel a larger conversation about racism in Cambridge.
In October 2018, after an iterative process consisting of conversations with academics, students and community members, we launched End Everyday Racism with an event that brought the Cambridge community together to understand the importance of the project. The launch event included speakers from the University and College Union on anti-racism, a panel discussion with students and academics about the necessity of End Everyday Racism and a demonstration of the reporting form.
The Supply Chain Organizing Coalition invited us to collaborate on a project about the working conditions of workers in garment supply chains internationally. The Coalition aims to raise awareness about those issues to enable companies’ stakeholders to make informed comparisons between competing suppliers on the basis of working conditions, as well as to more broadly improve conditions for garment workers.
This project brings together The Whistle’s tools, where reports are collected, verified and aggregated, with our expert partners, who will decide how best to use the data to effect change.