A new chatbot that tackles online harassment faced by girls has been created by activists worldwide in
collaboration with technology collective Feminist Internet and Plan International. The digital tool builds on
our Salute Sisterhood partner, Plan International’s landmark research revealing that nearly half (42%) of girls
lose self-esteem or self-confidence or feel mentally or emotionally stressed after being exposed to online
harassment. The result of this research is ‘Maru’, an anti-harassment chatbot designed by young people for young
people to address abuse on social media.
The chatbot is designed to support girls and women who are experiencing, witnessing or tackling online
harassment by providing real advice and resources from experts and activists. Maru users engage in a
conversation with the chatbot, which has a series of language responses that offer advice on:
staying safe online
links to resources.
We here at Monki will be supporting the launch of Maru by hosting an Instagram Live with a young activist
involved in its creation on the 3rd December, 1pm CET – so tune in!
Want to try out Maru? You can do that here: