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Online Gender-Based Violence: A Brief Introduction

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Gender-Based Violence, based on the words we can already tell what it is. So, according to unhcr.org, Gender-Based Violence refers to harmful acts directed at an individual based on their gender. The UNHCR emphasizes that the harmful act to an individual based on their gender is rooted in gender inequality, the abuse of power, and harmful norms. Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious abuse of human rights and a life-threatening health and protection issue, as the era of the internet comes in, it appears to be Gender-Based Violence comes to the online platform as well. Just like real-life Gender-Based Violence, Online Gender-Based violence mostly happens on girls and women.

There are many forms of Gender-Based violence that women face worldwide, such as online harassment, online rape, cyberstalking, and more. The Internet has become an important part of human life and a woman’s inability to feel safe is a distress to her freedom and to her basic human rights. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of violence is getting higher. This problem is often overlooked in discussions of violence against women.

With the idea of identification of Online Gender-Based Violence, Act Global’s team found a platform in Indonesia which concerns this issue, this advocation platform is called awaskbgo which basically means “beware of Online Gender-Based Violence”. In this advocation platform, users can find information about the law of Gender-Based Violence, what to do when we experience this thing, and more. Users also can share the experience of Online Gender-Based Violence. 

Not only sharing and getting information but also the platform offers consultation and helping to report if the case happened. So far, according to their website, there are 1,385 total Online Gender-Based Violence cases that have happened in Indonesia. Usually, victims of violence feel hesitant to report the case due to the stigmatization that they will get. This platform also has Instagram and YouTube that are very informative and educational. Act Global team hopes that this platform and the raising awareness about Online Gender-Based Violence between people will allow victims to feel safer to make a report and speak up about it. 

Written by: Nevy Pangestika

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