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Not all forms of abuse leave bruises. Until our society recognizes cyber violence for what it is, the suffering of thousands of silent survivors will continue.
- Agita Pasaribu
Agita Pasaribu, the founder and Executive Director of Bullyid Indonesia. This tech-charity, is at the forefront of preventing online gender-based violence and empowering survivors and victims of harassment in Indonesia. Through Bullyid Indonesia, Agita has developed a revolutionary app, the Bullyid App, which provides survivors and victims with access to psychological and legal support. With over 100k+ Indonesians benefitted through Bullyid App, the organisation has received national and global awards and has been featured in over 100+ news channels, highlighting the impact of Agita’s work.
Prior to starting Bullyid Indonesia, Agita was the Youth IGF Ambassador for Indonesia, a recognised initiative by the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to engage young people in the discussion on internet governance and bring their voices to the global IGF discussion agenda. Additionally, Agita is a member of the UNESCO Youth AI Ethics Steering Committee, further demonstrating her commitment to youth empowerment in digital governance and cyber harassment prevention.
Agita’s commitment to online gender-based violence prevention is unwavering, and her work at Bullyid Indonesia is transforming the way survivors and victims of harassment access support in the country. Her dedication to this cause has earned her recognition and awards globally, making her a leading voice in the field of digital governance and cyber harassment prevention.
Agita received her LL.B in Criminal Law from the University of Indonesia, and was later awarded a leadership program at the University of San Diego by the Fred J Hansen Institute. She went on to complete her M.A in International Relations from the University of Malaya, and was granted the Internet Governance course by the ICANN at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals in Barcelona, Spain.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
An increase of 300% in Online Gender Based Violence cases dues to covid19 lockdown in Indonesia was related to the cybercrime reports involving threats and the distribution of pornographic content (such as photos and videos) of OGBV victims. Agita, who has a strong law background, gathered her networks of psychologists and counsellors to provide online, confidential and immediate help for victims without a need to step out of their homes. Bullyid App (web-app) launches in the mid of 2020, intending to provide accessible mental health support and access to justice to victims of OGBV. Agita, who leads the tech development, designed the App with a survivors-centred approach; that allows victims to stay anonymous if they wish to, end-to-end encryption with HIPAA and value data privacy standard.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
To date, the App allows Indonesians who live in the country and abroad to receive confidential online support from licensed psychologists and lawyers. With over 100,000+ supports being given, Agita leads Bullyid Indonesia to provide digital literacy and strengthen its partnership with various online platforms to help remove image-abuse cases eased. Working closely with the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Children Protection and the National Police Agency, Bullyid Indonesia is the only tech charity in the country that provides accessible 360 degrees of support for victims of OGBV. To support the Ministerial decree against sexual harassment on campus, Agita designed the syllabus of comprehensive training; consisting of Psychological First Aid, Legal Knowledge and Peer Counselling for Students Association Members at Universities. This training has been provided to 300 Campus’ representatives in 15 universities. They also granted access to Bullyid’s case management and reporting platform to help campus representatives implement their responsibility as peer counselling within their University.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Traveling and networking.
- Bahasa Indonesia (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Malay (Intermediate)
- Arabic (Beginner)
- The Concept Development of the Criminal Acts of Social Violence Against Women in the Laws and Regulations of Indonesia
- Activating the Role of Youth
- The Implications of China’s Economy Development and the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) 2015 for Indonesia’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
- A Comparative Study of Open Data Policies: Lesson Learned from Indonesia’s and the Philippines’ Participations in Open Government Partnership
- Apa itu Cyberbullying dan Bagaimana Cara Mengatasi Perundungan lewat Bullyid | DW ThumbHeroes
- mental health and law enforcement in cyber-bullying
- comprehensive digital literacy for young people
- girls' and women's rights to freedom of speech
- information and communications technology, education
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- 2022 Young Global Changer from Global Solutions Initiative
- 2021 GivingTuesday Starling Fellow
- 2017 Southeast Asian Young Leader for the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue
- GenT-Tatler Leader of Tomorrow Honoree
- 2021 EU Social Digi Award
- 2020 ITU Innovation Challenge Award
- 2019 Southeast Asia Young Leader and Global Strategic Leadership Award
- Top 10 of Asia and Starplanet (September 2019)
- Certificate Courses in Internet Governance by ICANN and CSUC funded by IBEI Scholarship (October 2018)
- TEDx Speaker at the TEDxTKMCE ‘’Experiencing Diversity’’ (August 2018)
- Southeast Asian Young Leader for IISS Shangri-La Dialogue (June 2017)
- Certificate Courses in Science and Technology Fully funded by JENESYS Program Scholarship (September 2014)
- Global Citizen Corps Indonesia Youth Training "Awareness + Action = Impact" by Mercy Corps International
- EUIPO-IP at Digital World Working Seminar
- Certificate Courses in Leadership and International Cooperation funded by Fred. J Hansen Fellowship Program Scholarship (June-July 2014)
- Indonesian Youth Representative for UNFPA-Global Youth Forum (December 2012)
- Indonesian Delegate for International Young Women’s Summit (July 2012)