Prevention of gender-based violence using Web 2.0 on the women’s

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15 May
Published by erna_surjadi

I heard information is power; however delivering the information is important and become one of big constraints. People say – method might lead to proper product. Incomplete information may lead people to false alarm, wrong perception and created unhappiness. That’s why many misunderstanding born in this world due to prejudice of incomplete consideration of facts, biased-perspectives, oversimplified issues, rumors/gossip, uncontrolled-emotional, cross-wire language and so on.

The availability of information communication technology (ICT) has indeed empowered people to communicate faster, broader and easier regardless place and time. People started using cell phone, internet, sending text even pictures across cities, island, and countries regardless time and places. Thus, the Web 2.0 has increased the opportunity and access for all women in the world to share globally on the internet about their experiences, opinion, struggling, progress, conditions and hopes in creating a better life for today, tomorrow and future!

The promising broadcast aspect of Web 2.0 and the capability of social media to support the communication across societies, nations and the world has interested me much to continue working for women empowerment in global context. I have a big hope on this Web 2.0 to help more women and men in preventing gender-based violence.

I have started to get involved in the elimination of violence against women in 2000 when I was promoted to work for Ministry of Women Empowerment Republic of Indonesia. We were fighting hard to born the Domestic Violence Act by working together with multi-sectors, non government organizations, media and parliamentary over public/mass media campaign, socialization, meetings, workshop and road shows. The Domestic violence act was finally endorsed by the government of Indonesia in 2004.

As the counselor for women complaint system Post Office Box 10000, I found that most complaint due to gender-based violence (GBV) cases where women as the major victims. I feel struck by the life-stories, the fate and the loss of many women and family due to this GBV. Why the happy dream of living together need to end up to physical, psychological and sexually injured even death to the spouses? Something must be wrong and we have to do something to help them.

I finished my doctoral study with thesis on GBV, some predisposing and intervening factors are found that can reduce the cases. The findings revealed that higher communication implementation among spouses within low implementation of patriarchy culture may reduce the GBV cases into 56%.
Despite my satisfaction in the study outcome, I feel that I have debt to all women, some of them were victims; who became respondents to my study and I also feel being obligated to tell all women and girls to prevent the GBV in their future-life.

I realized that the Web 2.0 will be empowering me to perform the mission, regardless my age; to keep distributing and broadcasting the hope and the powerful-coping mechanism of GBV prevention toward elimination of violence against women.

Taken from PulseWire by Erna Surjadi | September 13, 2010 :


gender, violence, ICT

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