When Technology Meets Misogyny: Multi-level, Intersectional Solutions to Digital Gender-Based Violence

GenPol’s new policy paper provides nuanced insights into the growing phenomenon of digital gender-based violence, and the multi-level solutions needed to tackle this.

The study adopts an intersectional feminist perspective and focuses on the best practices introduced by organisations such as British charity Glitch! and Childnet, as well as Brussels-based European Women’s Lobby, Romanian grassroots media Casa Jurnalistului, and Australian policymakers. Based on these case studies, the report calls for cooperation between public, third and private sector interventions. Leading on from recent reforms on “revenge porn” and “up-skirting”, we argue that policy change is needed to address legal loopholes, but that it is crucial to train judges and law enforcement personnel to apply existing legislation. We also call for greater recognition of the violent nature, as well as the huge mental and physical health costs and socio-economic repercussions, of digital abuse.

We also pay special attention to training and prevention initiatives in fields such as the tech industry, journalism and academia, and make a particular case for digital platforms to protect the safety and digital rights of women and vulnerable communities.

You can read the paper here

Can Education Stop Abuse?

GenPol’s first policy paper examines the linkage between sexuality education and gender-based violence and proposes that comprehensive and inclusive teaching can help challenge and prevent abusive behaviours.

Together with the report issued by the European Parliament in 2013, GenPol’s policy paper is one the very first studies assessing the quality and influence of sexuality education across all EU Member States. It is also the first piece of research to systematically link sexuality education with gender-based violence prevention, while most existing analyses focus on tackling unwanted pregnancy and STIs.

Our paper also pays special attention to inclusivity matters and makes a point to acknowledge the multiple ways in which sexuality and gender intersect with issues of race, religion, class, and disability. In doing so, it puts forward the argument that addressing any form of discrimination and vulnerability is a prerequisite to tackling violence against women. It also develops a nuanced understanding of sexual consent, and uses it as the cornerstone of its sexuality education framework.

Click here to read the policy paper.

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