Understanding Online Violence Against Women and Girls during Covid-19
Online Violence against women and girls has become an increasingly challenge across the globe. The same is for the African region where ‘most countries across the continent do not have specific legislation or strategies against online gender-based violence. Existing preventive measures to specifically target online gender-based violence are lacking’ according to (Smit, 2015). Consequently this has led to a lack of existing data in this regard. With data largely missing, it’s even harder to assess the extent of online violence during COVID-19 when not only many people were home and on the internet but also that the victims too lived with the abusers.
This session seeks to interrogate the extend of Violence Online for Girls and Women with particular emphasis during COVID- 19 from experiences of researchers and platforms on measuring extra measures in place. This session aims to gather further experiences from attendees especially in the southern African region and contribute to a regional report and SADC roundtable on the matter.
Host: NamTshuwe Digital