The Rise of Chatbots Against Gender-Based Violence



What is it about' chatbots that allow them to become a common tool used to tackle gender-based violence across the world? With the global emerging adoption of GBV chatbots accelerated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the roundtable discussion will unpack interactions of chatbots with people of various unique cultures in different regions. This discussion will explore ethical concerns of chatbots, whether it is the privacy issue of the technology itself or the nature of GBV, and access to technology. The panelists will also share lessons and challenges learned from developing and implementing the chatbots and the success factors in developing a sustainable working model for the chatbots. Join the session to learn more about this new technological tool used to tackle one of the world’s most prevalent human rights violations, gender-based violence.

TIJ Justice Innovation Unit was officially launched in early 2021 with a mission to enable a people-centered justice system in Thailand and beyond through cross-sector collaboration and innovations. With human-centered and strategic foresight approaches, we tackle “wicked problems” in the justice system, including gender-based violence, youths at crime risks, and civic engagement empowerment through data and technology. Positioning ourselves as an enabler, we empower and connect key stakeholders beyond the justice sector to build a strong ecosystem dedicated to justice innovation, a space for experimentation, and a hub for knowledge and education to instill infrastructure for a people-centered justice system and groom justice mindsets for next generations.

Introductory Remarks
Dr. Miriam Stankovich

Senior Digital Policy Specialist, DAI

Dr. Miriam Stankovich is a Senior Digital Policy Specialist at DAI.

She has rich research experience in leading complex projects in data protection and governance, intellectual property, and technology law, regulatory impact assessment of emerging technologies (AI, Blockchain, IoT, Virtual/Augmented Reality, and 3D Printing), and technology transfer.  She has also served as a senior legal and policy advisor for major international organizations such as the International Telecommunication Union, World Bank (IBRD), WIPO, International Finance Corporation, UNIDO, UNICRI, Inter-American Development Bank, the African Development Bank, and the European Commission. She is a highly sought-after speaker at various international fora on some of the most complex challenges in innovation, especially in the regulation of emerging tech. 

Dr. Stankovich was a Fulbright Scholar in Intellectual Property and Technology Law at Duke University School of Law, and a World Bank McNamara Scholar in Development Economics, Intellectual Property Rights, and Tech Transfer at Duke University School of Public Policy. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, books, monographs, book chapters, laws, and government reports in the areas of international intellectual property, technology transfer, innovation, and public policy and regulation of emerging technologies. 

Sunit Shrestha

Founder and Managing Director, ChangeFusion

Sunit has over ten years of experience in social enterprise as well as social investment development. He was part of the setup of various social innovation initiatives. Thai Social Enterprise Promotion Board (Thai government SE support mechanism), B-KIND and Governance Funds, pioneer Thai ESG mutual funds with built-in venture philanthropy structure., largest Thai crowd giving site, Media for Social Justice Fund, and Open Data initiatives such as Corrupt0 and  Thai Cofacts.

Leloba Lijane

Business Development Manager, Xavier Africa

Leloba Lijane is a BA (Hons) International Finance and Banking graduate from Sheffield Hallam University working in the tech industry. She started her tenure at Xavier Africa (Pty) Ltd, which is a bespoke software development company that specializes in crafting AI-powered solutions to alleviate burgeoning inefficiencies within the African landscape, as a Sales Executive and worked her way up to being Business Development Manager in less than a year, where she is in charge of researching and identifying new business opportunities and facilitating the growth of the company.

Alice Piterova

Managing Director, AI for Good

Alice is Managing Director of AI for Good, the social enterprise creating ethical, sustainable, and scalable technologies for the most vulnerable and underserved. Alice has over 12 years of experience in business and product management, and a particular focus on such fields as tech for good, data privacy, and machine learning. Prior to joining AI for Good, Alice was Head of Privacy at Hazy and coordinated the first cross-party parliamentary group on Artificial Intelligence (APPG AI) in the UK Parliament. Throughout her career, she was also involved with a number of non-profits such as Techfugees, Reprieve, Amnesty International, and the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Emma Koster

Founder,Hello Cass

Emma has a background in technology, and a passion for working towards a better, fairer world. In 2013, Emma established Good Hood, an organization working at the intersection of tech and social impact, enabling the creation of Hello Cass. Emma is driven to innovate with a grassroots, community focus, and is passionate about ensuring her work is inclusive, trauma-informed, and culturally safe.

Kirthi Jayakumar

GBV Liaison and Creator, Saahas

Kirthi Jayakumar is a lawyer and feminist researcher with a specialization in the areas of Women, Peace, and Security, Transitional Justice, Feminist Foreign Policy, and Gender-Based Violence. She founded The Gender Security Project, a digital repository on the WPS Agenda and Conflict-related Sexual Violence. She coded Saahas, a mobile app and chatbot to help survivors of gender-based violence find help across 196 countries, and to enable bystander intervention. She formerly founded and ran the Red Elephant Foundation, a civilian peacebuilding initiative that works for gender equality through storytelling, advocacy, and digital interventions. She has trained over 7,000 individuals in bystander intervention, over 20,000 children in safe and unsafe touch awareness, and over 1,000 teachers on child sexual abuse prevention and timely response.

Amp Kittayarak

Project Manager, Justice Innovation Office, Thailand Institute of Justice

With her background in legal education (LL.M from Cambridge University and Stanford University) and interest in the science of human-centered design, Amp played a significant role in setting up the Justice Innovation Office at TIJ with a vision to create a people-centered justice system in Thailand. Her work focuses on rethinking justice education, in collaboration with many leading universities in Thailand, through experiential learning that embraces an empathetic and future-oriented mindset. Amp also manages research projects and innovations around gender-based violence. Given the context of an ever-changing world and advanced technology, Amp hopes to explore the intersection of justice, innovation, ethics, and sustainable development. 


Event Type: Webinar

Date: Tuesday November 16, 2021

Time: 8:00 AM – 9.30 AM EST

Venue/Location: Virtual




The Rise of Chatbots Against Gender-Based Violence