Image from the webinar presentation by Maulidya of Arus Pelangi


Online gender-based violence (OGBV) is one of many attacks on our digital rights that have only worsened since the COVID-19 pandemic. In line with International Women’s Month, EngageMedia on 11 March 2021 held a webinar dissecting the connection between OGBV and digital rights in the Indonesian context.

The webinar’s speakers were Ellen Kusuma of SAFEnet, Siti Mazumah of LBH Apik, and Maulidya Rohmatul Umamah of Arus Pelangi, with moderation by EngageMedia Digital Rights Program Manager Kathleen Azali.

The speakers highlighted three main issues surrounding OGBV:

  1. A patriarchal education system has contributed to problematic gender superiority, gender binary, and heteronormativity.
  2. The variety of terms and vast development of digital technology are not synchronised with movement and awareness streamlining on OGBV
  3. Laws and regulations, as well as the authorities, are ill-equipped in dealing with online GBV cases.

Read more about the event in this article by Kompas (written in Bahasa Indonesia).

The webinar is part of EngageMedia’s work to expand digital rights networks in Indonesia. Stay tuned in the coming months for more webinars on other pressing digital rights issues in Indonesia.

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