Gender discrimination and violence in social media

Gender discrimination and violence in social media


According to Cyber Violence against Women and Girls published by UN Women, there are six broad categories that encompass forms of cyber violence against women and girls (VAWG). They are hacking, impersonation, surveillance/tracking, harassment/spamming, recruitment, and malicious distribution. Another survey from Taipei Women’s Rescue Foundation shows that 10% of the Tawainese have suffered from intimate photos/video leakage with 90% of the victims being female.  

Internet should be a free and open space where every person’s freedom of speech is fully protected. However, a lot of people exploit this freedom and use it to inflict harm on women and girls. On the one hand, the Internet and social media fuel and exacerbate gender violence; on the other hand, they present new opportunities and enabled various efforts to address this noxious trend. In this session, the Taiwanese community will discuss the education and communication needed to counter a wide range of gender violence online.

Millions of women and girls around the world are subjected to deliberate violence because of their gender. On top of that, we should also pay attention to the violence targeting minority groups who don’t conform to gender stereotypes. 


Date: May 26 (Wed.) 2021, 14:00-16:00

Location: Online service only

•Kevin Chang, Secretary-General, Women in Digital Initiative
•Ya-Ching Li, member, Gender equality education committee
•Tsui-Feng Lin, counseling psychologist, Heart Ware Clinic
•Pei-Shan Tsai, prosecutor, Department of Prosecutorial Affairs, Ministry of Justice
•Sheng-Feng Dai, Professor, Department and Graduate Institute of Criminology, National Chung Cheng University

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