By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
With everybody relying on modern technology to do their jobs and keep connected with their loved ones because of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has decided to bring its services online with the launch of the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) reporting portal.
As the country’s Gender Ombud, the CHR developed the online portal where people can report cases of gender-based violence. With just one click, Filipinos can now have access to government support.
“If you are, or if you know someone is being abused within your homes or communities, reach out to us. We are here to help you out,” the CHR said.
Because of the ECQ, the CHR said that there has been a spike in the number of online violence against women and girls. On Facebook, there even exist private groups where members post compromising materials of victims without their consent, such as videos and photos depicting sexual activity or promiscuity. Sadly, the CHR noted that the perpetrators are often ex-partners of the victims.
Aside from that, victims of online violence are even threatened with rape, stalking, defamation, and death.
Instead of dealing with these fears and threats alone, the CHR urged victims to reach out to them and seek help.
“The CHR commits to respond to these cases through our referral network, to ensure observance of safety protocols, and to make visible that during ECQ, not all who stay at home are safe,” the CHR said.
The Commission has urged people, particularly their partner organizations and advocates, to always be vigilant and alert to all forms of GBVs during the ECQ. They should also access the portal and report cases of GBVs should the need arises.