The Gendered Digital Divide

Solutions discussed:

The Brave Movement: Elevating Survivor's Voices in Leadership

The brave movement is a global network and inclusive advocacy movement of survivors and allies with two key strategies which is to first elevate and support survivor's voices in leadership. The second is to support international movement building and aligned coordinated advocacy and campaigns. It is guided by a group of 15 survivor leaders called the SAGE survivor advocates who are globally empowered and represent almost every region of the world and have experienced multiple forms of sexual violence against children and adolescents including online forms of sexual exploitation and abuse. Their strategies include:1. Prevention - to protect current and future generations. 2. Healing for victims, survivors and their families. 3. Justice for perpetrators and the complicit.
They run several campaigns spearheaded by survivor leaders. These include resource mobilisation at scale for prevention, healing and justice programmes at the national level; end-to-end encryption and text centre accountability for child protection; and, working with survivor networks at the national level to develop specific calls to action for government as part of the movement and advocacy.
Germany is the only country in the world that has a dedicated government-affiliated survivors council which is a critical tool used to ensure that survivor voices are influencing policies in decision-making at the highest levels.

Presented by: Chrissy Hart

The Brave Moment 

Conduct digital and remote investigations on gender-based violence

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre has developed a guide to interviewing witnesses in remote human rights investigations. The guide draws out different methods and processes that could be beneficial to conflict settings. The guide assists investigators who are conducting witness interviews in contexts where they have restricted access to the country or are under investigation.

Presented by: Daniela Gavshon

Interviewing witnesses in remote human rights investigations

Use the law to address gender-based violence

Equality Now published a report which utilizes a survivor-centric approach to illustrate the impact of online sexual exploitation and abuse (OSEA) and highlight the challenges faced in keeping people safe in a rapidly changing digital landscape. They examined the laws surrounding OSEA at the national level, focusing on five countries, namely Kenya, India, Nigeria, the United Kingdom (England and Wales), and the United States. The report calls for the governments to adopt international standards that would appropriately address the global multi-sectoral and technological nature of online sexual exploitation and abuse.

Presented by: Tsitsi Matekaire

Ending Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Women and Girls

Ending Online Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Women and Girls

Use of technology to document survivors' stories and inform interventions that support survivors to access justice

Wangu Kanja Foundation developed a mobile application in 2019 to amplify survivors' voices and access to justice for the established survivors of sexual violence network in Kenya. The mobile application which is available on google playstore (sv_casestudy) helps survivors report their cases and document their stories and ordeal anonymously. It also helps survivors access information that helps them work through the referral pathway to justice such as court dates. The mobile app helps survivors share their experiences without fear of retaliation from family and friends, and stigma.

Presented by: Wangu Kanja

Wangu Kanja Foundation

Localise international standards and policies on survivor protection from SGBV and access to comprehensive services

There is a need to build the capacity of survivors to understand the existing laws and their provisions, case management, and what kind of support is given to an individual that has to go through a justice system. Survivors who understand the laws and their provisions can use lobbying and advocacy processes to engage government to support survivors of sexual violence.

Presented by: Wangu Kanja