Digital Rights Foundation headed by Nighat Dad is a one of its kind organization in Pakistan which is working towards the digital rights in the country. It recently launched a helpline for women to report cyber harassment.
Facebook has announced a new feature to protect misuse of profile pictures, however, company’s liberal attitude towards trolls continues.
Freedom of speech as a fundamental right on paper is still largely a privilege in practice. A privilege limited to few and far between.
Cyber VAW or cyber violence against women is defined as any kind of abuse, threat, harassment, stalking, violation among others against women using technology.
Gendered differences in how people negotiate physical spaces are carried forward into the online realm as well.
FII's campaign #DigitalHifazat on online violence against women in India was presented at various national and international conferences.
Until we support each other to reclaim online space and together demand for reforms in the legislations as well as ‘community guidelines’ on various platforms, we cannot be equal on the Internet, and we NEED to be equal online.
The gaming industry is a male-dominated space and when women try to make inroads, that space is threatened with repercussions like the Gamergate controversy of August 2014 which involved attacks on a woman game developer, Zoe Quinn. However despite such gender barriers, there will always be girls and mothers who choose gaming over other options.
An unhappy, but repeated outcome of such abuse on Twitter is to force women (and others experiencing this harassment) offline.
Take Back the Tech!, an international campaign to reclaim technology to prevent violence against women is now 10!