EMPOWERING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE SURVIVORS THROUGH DIGITAL LITERACY: BSM Academy’s Commitment to the Global Digital Compact on Universal Access and Internet Fragmentation
THE OFFICIAL INPUT OF THE BSM GLOBAL ASSOCIATION
TO THE GLOBAL DIGITAL COMPACT
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S ENVOY ON TECHNOLOGY UNITED NATIONS
Studied & fulfilled by: Lüthi, Kyra and Lindo, Ysabel
Date published: 26 April 2023
This paper focuses on BSM Academy’s commitment to empowering gender-based violence survivors through digital literacy and promoting equity in internet access and usage. Gender-based violence affects individuals of all genders, with women and girls being disproportionately affected. Survivors of GBV often face significant barriers to accessing resources and support, including digital resources. Digital literacy can play a crucial role in helping survivors of GBV to access the resources they need and to participate in the digital economy. This commitment is in line with the UN Global Digital Compact’s focus on universal access and internet fragmentation and its support for organizations like BSM Academy in opening their platforms to provide resources and support for survivors of GBV. We acknowledge the respondents of our survey, BSM volunteers and contributors, program partners, and sponsors for their invaluable support in empowering gender-based violence survivors through digital literacy.
The United Nations and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology does not intend to give any approval or disapproval to the opinions expressed in this research paper: these opinions must be considered as specific to their author.