What we do
Founded by renowned activist Seyi Akiwowo, Glitch, works towards ending online abuse through hosting workshops across the country on Digital Citizenship and Digital Self-Care, working with other organisations to highlight the impact of OGBV and campaigning so that decision makers change policies. There is no other charity offering the unique, community-directed training programmes that Glitch has developed, especially as much of the research and advocacy focuses on the experiences of black women and other minoritised identities. Glitch’s run workshops have helped 3,500 young people, and 100 individuals in public life. 99% of trainees have then recommended to another person.
All of our work is upheld by three pillars: Awareness, Advocacy and Action.
In today’s digital age, new social spaces and practices spring up and proliferate rapidly, transforming how individuals meet, communicate and interact and reshaping society as a whole. Most recently, social media platforms have proven to be breeding grounds for unfriendly, often toxic interaction, enabled by the platforms themselves who are reluctant to police their users. In short, online abuse is a global problem and as emerging evidence shows that it adversely affects our human rights and democracy, health and social cohesion, we must take action now to prevent it becoming an entrenched and normalised aspect of our online experience.
We want to make the online space a safer arena for all to use, particularly women and girls.
We want to transform the current narrative of tolerance toward online abuse.
We want to equip online users to be online leaders, active bystanders and to help fix the glitch.
This means better self-regulation from social media companies, improved mechanisms to keep all social media users safe, policy and legal reforms that encourage an increase in reporting and prosecution of online abuse and investment in digital citizenship and resilience education.
The journey so far
Glitch was founded in 2017 by Seyi Akiwowo, after she faced horrendous online abuse when a video of her speech at the European Parliament went viral. Glitch has garnered international acclaim and has an Independent Trustee Board of expert professionals and dedicated advisors.
Our achievements thus far:
- Over 3,500 young people in the UK and Europe have received our Digital Citizenship Workshop
- Over 100 pledges to help #fixtheglitch
- Over 100 individuals in public life have received our bespoke Digital Resilience Training
- 3 submissions to All- Party Parliamentary Groups inquiries.
- We presented at 38th United Nations Human Rights Council on Online Violence Against Women
- Glitch’s work praised in UK Parliament
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