Gender Based Violence Online – From Experiences to Strategies

Arrangör Sida
Tid 2018-04-17 14:00
Plats Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm Room: Asante (nr 19), Stockholm

Please join us for a panel and conversation in conjunction with the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality:

Violence online is often used to silence women who raise their voices, threatening their freedom of expression and democracy at large. There is an alarming trend of shrinking space for civil society and democracy on decline. This trend 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.

The root causes for gender-based violence online are the same as for gender-based violence offline. As the online and offline spaces are fundamentally intertwined, threats and harassment follows women into their private spheres. Threats online additionally often translate into threats and violence offline.

At grass root level, activists are working to increase the safety of women and LGBTI persons online. Civil society is working with the private sector to ensure human rights-based policies. The issue is gaining ground at the UN level. At national level, the Swedish government is turning the Feminist Foreign Policy into practice.

How do we best combat gender based violence online? How do we build upon experiences to form strategies ahead?


- Lulú Barera, founder of Luchadoras
Lulú is a feminist activist in Mexico and the founder of a cyberfeminist collective that uses ICT to fight violence against women in digital spaces, through content creation and raising awareness about online violence.

- Annika Ben David, Ambassador-at-large for human rights, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
Annika is a career diplomat in the Swedish foreign service since 1996. Previously with UNHCR. Postings in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, incl as Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

- Jan Moolman, Global Women’s Rights Policy Lead at the Association for Progressive Communications, APC
Jan is a feminist activist who has worked on the intersections of women’s rights, technology and human rights for almost a decade, with a specific focus on gender based violence.

Please note that all participants need to register at the reception at 13.45 for security reasons.