Non-profit Girl Effect has teamed up with WhatsApp for their chatbot ‘Bol Behen’ that revolves around women’s health and well-being. Translating to ‘Speak Sister’ or ‘Ask Sister’, bol behen aims to create a platform for girls and young women to ask queries and questions related to their health, well-being, love life etc.
Bol Behen In Detail
Bol Behen is a completely safe and private platform. This AI-powered tool intends to provide a safe space for girls and young women to confide in and ask any doubts or questions that they might have about their bodies or health. It can often be daunting and overwhelming to ask these questions openly or discuss them with an adult; however, with bol behen, every girl can have a digital elder sister to ask questions freely and get fact-based answers from. The bot can be accessed in Hindi and English, thereby making it accessible to a diverse set of girls and women who can use it in the language they are comfortable with. It answers queries regarding physical health, well-being, love, relationships and reproductive health. So one can send in any related query and have it answered.
The bot is very easily accessible. You can either text ‘Hi’ to the number +91-730449661 on WhatsApp or visit the invite link here. Bol Behen aims to reach girls and young women who live in regions where internet connectivity is slow. They might have access to low-end smartphones and lower digital literacy than the urban areas. This chatbot on a readily available platform and app like WhatsApp would open up this population to the right knowledge about women’s health and sexuality. It will be one more step toward bridging the information gap.
Bol Behen was first launched with Facebook messenger back in 2020, and its success in reaching several girls and young women has led to its launch on WhatsApp, another Meta owned platform. Bol Behen is a great initiative to empower girls to be curious about their bodies and get the right answers, enabling them to take better care of themselves.