Development talks

Gender Based Violence Online: Stories and Strategies

Uppdaterad: 12 december 2016

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
All speakers

11:20 Conclusions

Join the conversation using the Twitter-hashtag #devtalks

*Visit UN Women for more information about their campaign to reveal the widespread prevalence of sexism and discrimination against women. 



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Çiçek Tahaoğlu is a reporter and news editor, focusing on women and LGBTI rights issues at bianet, an independent press agency, in Turkey. She worked as a fixer and translator at Agence France Presse (AFP) from 2009 to 2011, and was the producer and host of the women and LGBTI news program Cadı Postası at Açık Radio. In 2014 she was awarded the Müşerref Hekimoğlu Press Award.


Dalia Othman is a Project Coordinator at Tactical Technology Collective which she joined to coordinate the Gender and Tech programme. Prior to joining the team, she was a two-year Research Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Centre for Civic Media. She is one of the founders of Vecbox, the first hacker space in Palestine.


Vedrana Lacmanovic is a feminist, activist and social worker. Since 2011 she works at the Autonomous Women's Center in Serbia as a coordinator of the Women Against Violence Network to promote networking between CSO's. She also provides support to women who have survived male violence via a SOS helpline.

  Aleksandra Nestorov is a feminist, activist and digital artist with experience in media. Since 2008 she is a coordinator of the Women Against Violence Network at the Autonomous Women's Center in Serbia. She is one of the founders of the Association of Women Femina from Smederevska Palanka in Serbia.
  Åsa Eldén is a Senior Policy Specialist for Gender Equality at Sida's Department for International Relations and Policy Support. She holds a PhD in sociology from Uppsala University and has been affiliated to Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Eldén has many years of experience in gender equality and gender based violence as a policy specialist, researcher, investigator and consultant.
  Marcin de Kaminski is a Policy Specialist for Freedom of Expression and ICT at Sida. In this capacity, he is working to strengthen both Sida's and Sweden's efforts in the field of human rights in a digital context. He previously worked as a researcher and sociologist of law at Lund University Internet Institute, and have also coordinated a vast number of human rights based internet related projects and programmes.

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