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Gender Learning 2021 - Leveraging Technology to Help Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

"A discussion on safety and ethical requirements, barriers, and opportunities of using technology to interact with survivors."

This session brings together experts working on tech-based solutions to support survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and discusses safety and ethical requirements, barriers, and opportunities of using technology to interact with survivors.

In this session:

  1. Build knowledge on how technology is being leveraged to help GBV survivors and understand key ethical and safety requirements needed to use technology for GBV related work
  2. Learn from ongoing proof of concepts and/or emerging technology solutions for GBV work and how the Bank Group (WBG) could leverage these insights for its operations
  3. Understand new types of risk triggered by technology
  4. Understand how technology has been increasingly used during COVID-19 to help women and girls experiencing violence during the pandemic

The proliferation of digital technologies has created new opportunities to address GBV in an innovative way. Crowdsourced data collection and open-source mapping tools help track incidences of sexual harassment and violence in public spaces. Some apps can even prompt law enforcement to take immediate action, while others provide information on health and legal services for survivors. At the same time, technology has also brought new risks, such as online gender-based violence that requires solutions from a policy and/or legal perspective.

The session also brings together experts working on tech-based solutions to support survivors of GBV, on online violence, and discusses safety and ethical requirements, barriers, and opportunities of using technology to interact with survivors as well as solutions to prevent and mitigate online gender-based violence. Also, learn about good practice approaches and how these can be incorporated into the work of the WBG. Learners can pay close attention to additional layers of challenges in using technology in low- and middle-income countries, which include access to devices and the internet, social norms, and literacy among others.

About the Presenters

Alicia Hammond

Gender Specialist, World Bank Group

Alicia Hammond is a Gender Specialist with the Gender Group, where she serves as the lead on innovation and technology. She works on research and knowledge related to women and girls in technology and STEM, more broadly and advises project teams on how to incorporate evidence-based solutions in this area. Alicia joined the WBG from the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has also worked with UNICEF, UN Foundation, and UN Women on many gender equality topics, such as education, innovation, and data. Prior to that, she worked on social development, gender equality, and human rights programs in her home country, Jamaica. She holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics and Human Security from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and French from Mount Holyoke College.

Rakhi Basu

Consultant, World Bank

Rakhi has more than 25 years of global experience across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the USA in advising government and industry to tackle their highest priorities in infrastructure and human development. She has extensive experience in leading operations for technology within a diverse range of industries. Rakhi led a project in India to develop a road safety app, which allows users to report a GBV incident, in association with West Bengal Transport Department.

Enrica Duncan

Project Director, NOSSAS

Enrica Duncan is a political scientist and acts as project director at NOSSAS, a women-led laboratory for civic engagement and activism in Latin America that develops methodology and technology to equip young citizens to impact policymaking. Enrica leads a platform, Mapa do Acolhimento, which connects survivors of gender-based violence with an extensive network of vetted lawyers and therapists who are willing to provide them with free services. NOSSAS is a winner of the 2020 SVRI/ World Bank Development Marketplace Award.

Mariam Torosyan

CEO, Co-Founder at Impact Innovations Institute

Mariam Torosyan is the co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of the Impact Innovations Institute and Safe YOU mobile App. A social entrepreneur with five years’ experience in the technology industry, she has a background in Human Rights and Healthcare Law. Mariam has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Law and Anthropology and is a lecturer of Healthcare Law at the Yerevan State Medical University. She managed the implementation of Geeks against GBV, a winner of the 2018 SVRI/World Bank Development Marketplace Award.

Lorena Levano Gavidia

Consultant, World Bank

Lorena Levano Gavidia is a behavioral and political scientist that has been supporting different Social LCR teams, as well as the Lima - Andean Countries CMU at the WBG. She is currently working on innovative approaches to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, including the participatory design of a mobile that seeks to connect survivors of GBV with their trusted circle, provide them with relevant information, and give them access to key support services. She is also a consultant for UNICEF, where she works as a behavioral researcher in the Data Must Speak project. Prior to joining the Bank, Lorena worked as a specialist in school violence and GBV in the Ministry of Education of Peru. She is an affiliated researcher of the Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania and the Coordinator of Decision Lab PUCP. She is also engaged in teaching activities as a professor of behavioral sciences and public policy at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and the National University of San Marcos.

Questions Submitted

Mahaman Mourtala

- Nov 19, 2021

Mohammad Nadir

- Oct 11, 2021

Jes�s Manuel

- Aug 17, 2021
very interactive

jose luis

- Aug 16, 2021
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Engr. Babar

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Gender Learning 2021 - Leveraging Technology to Help Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
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