Covid-19 has ushered in a new era of digital activism

The number of people calling for policy change online has increased, according to petition website Change.org, which has seen 81% more signatures this year than last

Findings from Change.org revealed that more than 110 million people worldwide have supported campaigns since coronavirus took hold of the world in January

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In addition, 80% more petitions were launched, and in 10 countries the number of petitions created in the past seven months doubled compared to the same period in 2019

India witnessed a dramatic spike in the number of coronavirus-related petitions too, with more than 11,300 created so far this year

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Women used the platform to fight against domestic violence in India

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One petition, signed by 35,000 people, called on the government to include a panic button for domestic abuse victims on its Covid-19 app.

Here are some other key findings:

1. South Africa is the leading emerging country in a new era of digital activism

2. User growth on Change.org has increased across all 25 countries, at an average of nearly 33%

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3. More than 10,473,233 people signed at least one Covid-19 petition that was later declared a victory

4. The top ten countries with the highest civic engagement index are South Africa, Japan, Canada, United States, Peru, United Kingdom, Malaysia, South Korea, Philippines and New Zealand