On the occasion of 25N, day against male violence, from CBCat we want to share a very interesting project, which is being developed in Catalonia, and which last May received the BCN FemTech Award from Barcelona City Council, in the category of "Digital Violence".
We are talking about Sischain, a sorority blockchain which has its beginnings in the Master's Blockchain4Cities de l 'IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia), by the students Adriana Aguirre Such i Stefania Maria Kousoula. Lately, Sinay Coskun Gokalp has also been added to the Sischain team. The tutoring of the project was carried out by the teacher Lluïsa Marsal llacuna, currently coordinator of the CBCat Energy Node.
What is Sischain?
The name of Sischain is born from the fusion of two words: Sisterhood (sisterhood) and Blockchain. The definition of sorority is "the experience of women that drives the search for positive relationships and existential and political alliance, body to body, to contribute with specific actions to the social elimination of sexist oppression and mutual support for to achieve the general and individual empowerment of women".
Sischain aims help and support women victims of gender violence, understanding gender violence from the broad sense of its definition: the oppression of masculinity - a set of ideas, attitudes, and learned practices that place men in superiority over women, producing situations of inequality and discrimination in women for the simple fact of being a woman.
In short, Sischain wants to be a sorority blockchain, to create a self-organized and self-sufficient community that offers help and support to women who suffer gender-based violence.
So that these women can support each other, but without being in danger of being exposed, blockchain technology comes into play, which allows Sischain users to have access to encrypted chats where anonymity is unquestionable. At the same time, blockchain technology also tokenizes these interactions between users, and turns them into transactions, thus creating a kind of "time bank" for victims of gender violence.
The will of the project is to spread this tool as much as possible, to ensure its usefulness, as well as anonymity in the physical and digital space. In order to be able to make Sischain a reality, it is necessary that the women who need it, can access it in a safe and private way.
The idea that their promoters had is inspired, on the one hand, by graffiti culture, and on the other by the idea of sorority that is created between strangers in the bathrooms of places. Thus, Sischain's dissemination system consists of putting stickers with QR codes that allow access to the application in all kinds of public toilets for women—from churches to institutes, bars, nightclubs or restaurants—.
In the initial phase of the project, once a woman scans this QR, she will be able to download the application, and she will be able to ask for help from other users, who will be female volunteers, who will have been selected by the Sischain team, with the help of organizations and associations In the future, these women who have come in asking for help, when they are able to do so, will help new users who need it, thus making this "time bank" grow and expand.
These women will also be able to stay with their interlocutors physically, always in safe spaces and located through the application. These places, defined by Sischain, are busy and everyday places such as cafes, entities with meeting spaces, coworking spaces, etc.
In the long run, the users themselves will be the owners of this community, through a DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization), also possible thanks to blockchain technology.