Shishushurokkha: A transformative justice approach for combating child sexual abuse in Bangladesh


The challenge of designing against child sexual abuse becomes more complicated in conservative societies where talking about sex is taboo. My mixed-method study investigated the common nature, location, and time of the abuse, post-incident support, and possible combating strategies. Besides revealing important facts, our findings highlight the need of decentering the design from the victims (children and/or guardians) to the community. Hence, building on the theory of transformative justice, we prototyped and evaluated ‘ShishuShurokkha’ – an online tool that involves the whole community by allowing anonymous bystander reporting, visualizing case maps, connecting with legal, medical, and social support, and raising awareness. The evaluation of ShishuShurokkha shows the promise for such a communal approach toward combating child sexual abuse, and highlights the needs for sincere involvement of the government, NGOs, the legal, educational, and religious services in this.

Mar 5, 2024 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
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CSE 387 (Gates Building), Bill and Melinda Gates Building | Zoom
185 E Stevens Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195

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Sharifa is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at UIUC. Her areas of expertise lie at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD), a growing area of study that focuses on the interplay between global development and technologies. Sharifa’s research focuses on studying and building computing technologies for recognizing the identities and values of and justice with marginalized communities. She deploys a variety of qualitative, quantitative, and design methodologies to probe and address social justice agendas in low-resource, marginalized communities. She has conducted several long-term ethnographic field studies in Bangladesh to reveal the challenges that rural populations and minorities face, and built computing technologies to improve the quality of their lives. She employs critical social science theories in building computing systems that relate to understanding and overcoming the challenges of marginalization, oppression, and injustice. She has published the results of her work at top-tier conferences such as ACM CHI, ACM CSCW, and ACM ICTD. Her work has received a best paper award, a best paper honorable mention, and a diversity and inclusion recognition. She is a recipient of the Facebook Fellowship, and she won multiple grants on collaborative projects funded by Meta and the Bangladesh ICT Ministry.

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