Digital Democracy Trained Haitian blogger

 

Using cameras to create a photo exhibit for KOFAVIV

Grantee name: Digital Democracy

Mission: Digital Democracy's (Dd) mission is to empower marginalized communities to use technology to build their futures. Dd works with local partners to put information into the hands of people who need it most – those neglected, disenfranchised or abused. Dd emphasizes education, communication and participation to empower citizens to build and shape their own communities.

Location: New York, NY, USA

Website: www.digital-democracy.org

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/digitaldemocracycam

Channel Grants: In 2013 Channel made a grant to Digital Democracy to support their work conducting trainings and workshops with indigenous women in Peru and Mexico with existing on-the-ground partners, and to expand their efforts to support indigenous women’s movement building globally, with both in-person and virtual support to indigenous women leaders in the lead-up to the fall 2014 World Conference of Indigenous Peoples. (2013)

In 2012 Channel made a grant to Digital Democracy in order to help them evaluate their training and capacity-building work in Haiti with women's groups -- and to transition the project to ongoing local leadership with KOFAVIV (Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim, The Commission of Women Victim), FAVILEK (Fanm Viktim Lev Kanpe). (2012)

In 2011 Channel made a grant to Digital Democracy in order to continue support for training and capacity-building work in Haiti with women’s groups working to end gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual violence. (2011)

Digital Democracy's work in Haiti focused on the following projects: 
• creating a digital database for documenting cases of GBV;
• establishing the first rape response hotline in Haiti;
• mapping data on GBV and using it to advocate for necessary changes at the local, national & international level;
• providing comprehensive technical training to women and girls to amplify their voices to effectively advocate for preventative measures to address violence.

In 2010 Channel made a grant to Digital Democracy (through the fiscal sponsorship of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy), an organization that strives to empower marginalized communities with digital technologies, in order to support their work in Haiti focused on conducting trainings on multi-media, digital technology and security with members of several grassroots Haitian women’s groups (including KOFAVIV (Komisyon Fanm Viktim pou Viktim, The Commission of Women Victim), FAVILEK (Fanm Viktim Lev Kanpe) & KONAMAVID (Kodinasyon Nasyonal Viktim Direk) combating gender based violence and sexual violence in Port-au-Prince and in the refugee camps. Digital Democracy supports and helps build the capacity of these women’s groups, as well as liaising with legal and medical partner organizations. (2010)

Resources: To read the KOFAVIV blog, Fanm Pale, in Creole and English click here

To watch a five-minute video focused on Shirley Christoff, one of many rape survivors who has received assistance from KOFAVIV and who is rebuilding after rape and working together with other women to create social change in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, check out this film from IRIN, the news agency of the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: IRIN | Film | Haiti's Rape Survivors.

Impact:: In 2011 Digital Democracy launched the first emergency response hotline for rape and sexual violence in Haiti with their local partner KOFAVIV.  Thanks to support from UNHCR, the 572 Emergency Response Hotline Call Center has extended its service to 24-hour care as of May 1, 2012. No matter the time of day or night, survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) including rape, sexual violence and domestic violence in Haiti can call 572 to access critical support and services. Since its formal launch in September 2012, the call center has fielded over 1700 calls. The expansion to 24-hour service closes a critical gap, allowing women and girls to access resources and support during nighttime and weekend hours, when many cases of rape and GBV are happening.

News: On Jan, 17, 2013, Digital Democracy (Dd) was selected as one of eight winners of the prestigious Knight News Challenge. The award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will support Dd's new Remote Access initiative and the creation of a toolkit to help remote and indigenous communities document environmental and human rights threats, beginning in the Peruvian Amazon.

 

Photos courtesy of Digital Democracy.