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Gender Based Violence Online: Stories and Strategies
When: Wednesday 14 December, 2016
Time: 09:30-11:30 (coffee and registration from 9:00)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm, Hörsalen (Auditorium)
Violence online is often used to silence women who raise their voices, threatening their freedom of expression and democracy at large. We see an alarming trend of shrinking space for civil society and democracy on decline. This is a trend that is visible in all public arenas, including the internet, and women are among the most targeted. Female journalists, politicians and women’s rights activists withdraw from online discussions and conversations due to the fear of threats and violence.
As the online and offline spaces are fundamentally intertwined, threats online translate into threats and violence offline. This is having a devastating impact on the possibilities of women, girls and other marginalised groups to access, create and share content without being targeted by gender-based violence.
But – many women’s rights groups and women public professionals have found ways to deal with such violence by developing counter-strategies to empower themselves and stay vocal. Join our next Development Talks where Sida partners will discuss online gender based violence and share progressive stories.
The event is free of charge.
Moderators: Marcin de Kaminski, Policy Specialist Freedom of Expression/ICT & Åsa Eldén, Policy Specialist Gender Equality, Sida
9:00 Coffee and registration
09:30 Gender based violence online – a threat to equality and freedom of speech
Marcin de Kaminski & Åsa Eldén, Sida
09:45 The challenges we face – experiences from civil society, media and politics
Aleksandra Nestorov & Vedrana Lacmanovic, Coordinators of the Women against Violence project, Autonomous Women’s Center, Serbia
Dalia Othman, Project Coordinator, Tactical Technology Collective
Çiçek Tahaoğlu, Reporter/Editor focusing on women and LGBTI rights issues, Bianet, Turkey
10:45 Panel discussion: Developing counter-strategies – from experience to empowerment
Join the conversation using the Twitter-hashtag #devtalks
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