Online violence faced by outspoken...

Online violence and harassment mirrors the realities of persecution in the "real world" and extends the avenues for prejudice and discrimination. In Egypt, outspoken activists and Nubian people supporting the cause of Nubians to their own land and also speaking out about race and skin colour-based prejudice face virulent online attacks and are also banned by the Egyptian government.
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Yara Sallam

An Arab African feminist

Do we need new laws to address non-...

The choice between developing new laws and frameworks for cyber offences or to work with existing laws is a dilemma faced in many countries in the global South. In this article, the legal solutions to non consensual intimate images are examined from the perspective of women who have been victimised. What do we want and expect from our legal and judicial mechanisms? How can these be more accessible, and how do we ensure equality for women of different backgrounds?
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Mariana Valente

Mariana Valente is diretor of InternetLab, a think tank on Internet policy based in São Paulo,...

Cyber violence against women: the case...

Violence against women online is shaped by historical, cultural and social factors and this article explores the specific context of Bangladesh. This includes specific targeting of public women and journalists online and the exploitation of women by those they have intimate relationships with. Far from being an "elite white country problem", this article shows how women in the global South have to deal with various forms of online gender-based violence and ineffective policing and judicial systems.
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Farhana Akter

Farhana Akter is a veteran development activist with more than ten years of practical experience in...

Online GBV in Palestine means losing...

In recent times there has been a dramatic increase in the use of internet and social media by Palestinians. In this context there is also a rising wave of online gender-based violence that leads to intimidation of women and self-censorship, which means that often women are withdrawing from social media platforms that are an arena of political and social confrontation against the Israeli occupation, building historical narratives as well as talking about internal issues within Palestinian society.
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7amleh – Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

7amleh is a non-profit organization aimed at enabling the Palestinian and Arab civil society to...

Hidden figures - A look at technology-...

IT for Change held a consultation in 2017 on the various forms of gender based cyber violence that affects women in India. Here various researchers and speakers gathered to share their data, insight and questions on the kinds of online violence faced by women in different professions, strata and social locations - from vernacular journalists to students in colleges, rural and urban women. This article also looks at various legal mechanisms and solutions offered by the state and what could be the way to address online violence.
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Anita Gurumurthy

Anita Gurumurthy brings her keen interest about feminist theory and practice to her work at IT for...

Intersection of identities: Online...

Women who are also from vulnerable and marginalised communities such as Dalit women in India, face additional and vicious forms of online violence and harassment. In addition their access to justice is tenuous and fraught, adding progressively to the impunity with which caste- and gender-based harassment takes place.
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Kiruba Munusamy

Kiruba Munusamy is an advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India. She is a social, political...