Software developer and women’s empowerment advocate Saadat Aliyu has launched Helpio, an android application designed primarily for reporting cases of sexual abuse. It is available for download in both the Hausa and English languages.
Two organisations, the Initiative for Support of Victims of Sexual Abuse, Orphans and Less Privileged (ISSOL) and the Equity Destitute, Child Right and Welfare Initiative (EDCRAWI), have signed up for the application.
Aliyu, who also goes by the name Soosy Ammora, is the founder of Shamrock Innovations, a Kano-based platform providing all-round support for female and young entrepreneurs in the tech ecosystem. She is a graduate of Computer Science from the Federal College of Agricultural Produce Technology, Kano.
When she began working on Helpio in May 2020, she wrote on Twitter: “Child sexual abuse is rampant. Most victims and their families don’t know how/where to report culprits to get justice.”
Child sexual abuse is rampant. Most victims & their family don't know how/where to report culprits to get justice.
Working on an app to help report abuse, Talk to an Expert, Learn preventive measures for parents/guardians, Find help centres & a "share a story" section for ….. pic.twitter.com/Iaeuqip62S
— Saadat Aliyu 🌹 (@IAmSoosy) May 29, 2020
She described Helpio as “an app to help report abuse, talk to experts, learn preventive measures for parents and guardians, find help centers and a section for survivors to share their stories.”
In 2019, Aliyu attended the Devc Global Leads Summit at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park and the F8 Developer Conference in California. She was awarded a diploma by the Swedish Institute during its “Leading through Change Program.”
Last year, she hosted a “Women in Tech” webinar for young Muslim female tech developers. She moderated the first-ever Kano Women in Data Science Conference. In October, she was named one of Business Day’s “60 Nigerian Women Champions.”
Through Shamrock Innovations, Aliyu founded SheCreateNG, a community of the next generation of African women in tech. Shamrock also owns the startups Hatsi NG, which sells farm produce, and Sakamako, a result management system.
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