In the predominantly digital world, where billions of faceless users interact on social platforms, anonymity fuels various kinds of cyber crimes. Cyber harassment, hacking, piracy and privacy infringement put millions at risk. The constant threat of data steal, pictures and privacy leakage, digital stalking and identity fraud takes a toll on mental health. In developing countries like Bangladesh, the absence of proper digital laws to protect and ensure the cybersecurity of the citizens worsens the situation and the rate of cybercrimes reaches a peak. The gravity of cybercrimes act as a trigger for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. As Aachol Foundation works to curb the causes of mental health crises along with the mitigation of effects of mental illness, the Project Awaj was launched.
The aim of Project Awaj is to extend an empathetic and helping hand to the victims of cybercrime, spread awareness about various kinds of cybercrimes and share tips for the prevention of cybercrimes. Project Awaj works towards the development of a legal unit to provide legal assistance along with the moral support to the victims of cybercrime, so they can fight their battle in a safe and non-judgmental legal environment to claim their cyber rights.
In this regard, Project Awaj has contributed a considerable volume of awareness content, visual and written, conducted campaigns and webinars in solidarity with cyber victims and to initiate debates about the dire need for the establishment of cybersafe digital space.