Online Violence against Women

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    States and tech companies must respond to individual voices and evidence of online violence against women

States and tech companies must respond to individual voices and evidence of online violence against women

Writing on Human Rights Day, Lisa Gormley and Kelsey Kamitomo reflect on their 16 Days of Activism series and see ways forward to tackle the violence that is directed at women, online and off.
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During the past 16 days, the contributions in this series on online violence against women (VAW) have come from a variety of professions – law, […]

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    Poll by Amnesty shows a worrying number of women and girls face abuse and violence online

Poll by Amnesty shows a worrying number of women and girls face abuse and violence online

Amnesty International and Ipsos MORI recently conducted a poll across eight countries to better understand women’s experiences of online abuse and harassment on social media. Azmina Dhrodia shares the poll’s findings, calling attention to the ways abuse and violence transfer offline and the consequences of not taking action.
You could be sitting at home in your living room, outside […]

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    Equality, Dignity and Privacy are cornerstone principles to tackle online VAW

Equality, Dignity and Privacy are cornerstone principles to tackle online VAW

Anita Gurumurthy and Amrita Vasudevan discuss the requirements for a feminist jurisprudence on violence against women, drawing on IT for Change’s project ‘Online freedom for all = No unfreedom for women’.

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As technology becomes a real and unfragmentable part of social interaction, a global crisis is evident in the form of widespread normalisation of online violence against […]

Online abuse stifles women journalists around the globe

In the third post of the online violence against women series, Dr Michelle Ferrier – founder of Trollbusters – explains the consequences of online abuse for women journalists and how the absence of redress has changed the way they approach their work.

For many journalists, critiques and insults are a badge of honor. A few slings and arrows are considered […]

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    Women support each other in the face of harassment online, but policy reform is needed

Women support each other in the face of harassment online, but policy reform is needed

With a lack of effective laws and only loose guidelines of social media platforms to address online violence, women activists and human rights defenders are supporting each other. Semanur Karaman introduces forthcoming research by Tactical Technology Collective, highlighting the need for a holistic approach to tackling online gender-based violence.

A few years ago I met my friend, a feminist activist […]

November 29th, 2017|Featured, Online Violence against Women|Comments Off on Women support each other in the face of harassment online, but policy reform is needed|
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    Why addressing online violence against women matters to the WPS agenda

Why addressing online violence against women matters to the WPS agenda

The transformative potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is only just beginning to be realised.  Digital technologies have enhanced opportunities for dialogue, communication and understanding that have a multiplier effect to foster peace and security. ICTs have also contributed to women’s political, economic and social empowerment and new avenues for advancing gender equality, notwithstanding the existing digital gender […]

November 27th, 2017|Featured, Online Violence against Women|Comments Off on Why addressing online violence against women matters to the WPS agenda|