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