Digital Democracy (Dd) empowers marginalized communities to use technology to build their futures. Their work uses technology to encourage democratic engagement, protect human rights and empower marginalized voices globally. Dd’s approach focuses on innovative uses of technology such as SMS messaging and new media to share critical information that has enabled a more immediate and effective response from care providers, facilitate better documentation of incidents of violence, and strengthen advocacy efforts around security issues for women in Haiti. Dd is working with a coalition of legal advocates, health and psycho-social providers, and Haitian women and girls to create a comprehensive response to the growing epidemic of violence against women.
In Fall 2011, with support from the Abundance Foundation, Dd & grassroots Haitian partner KOFAVIV launched the 572 GBV Emergency Response Call Center, Haiti’s first emergency response hotline dedicated helping survivors of gender-based violence connect to free medical, legal & psychosocial services.
- More than 2500 calls fielded since the official launch of the Call Center in September 2011
- 6 local call center operators and 2 technical support staff manage the system 24 hours a day
- 572 has been promoted in 24 camps and communities, on national television and radio
Emily Jacobi, Executive Director & Founder of Digital Democracy, has worked on media, youth development and research projects in Latin America, West Africa, Southeast Asia and the US. Emily began her career as a youth journalist working to highlight young people’s voices in professional media. At the age of 13, she reported from Havana, Cuba on the lives of young Cubans during the Troubled Period. She previously worked for Internews Network, AllAfrica.com and as Assistant Bureau Director for Y-Press. Since January 2007 her work has focused on researching and supporting the capacity of local organizations in closed and transitioning societies. At Digital Democracy Emily manages staff, oversees strategic planning and development and works directly with grassroots partners on program design for human rights and community engagement.