Online gender-based violence has been recognized as a challenge to achieve gender equality for women. In the past few decades, information and communication technologies (ICT) have provided society with many new communication opportunities.
For example, people can communicate in real-time with others in different countries using various technologies such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), instant messaging, or social networking websites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. These technologies have transformed self-expression, interactions, and relationships and even provided somewhat direct access to social, private, non-government, and government sectors.
The evolving use of ICT has created a global village where people can communicate across societies. For this reason, ICT has been identified as an enabler of modern communication that affects all of society.
Digital media and devices in and of themselves do not harm particular groups. Still, developers often overlook the needs of, and impacts on those most likely to be harmed; among them are women human rights defenders, activists, journalists, and vulnerable groups like women with disabilities.
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Author: Sandra Aceng, Joan Katambi, Francesca Grandolfo and Gole Andrew
Organization:Online Gender-Based Violence: An assessment of women’s safety in the digital space.
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