NEW PUBLICATION: Defining and measuring technology-facilitated gender-based violence

Hinson L, O’Brien-Milne L, Mueller J, Bansal V, Wandera N, Bankar S. International Center for Research on Women. 2019.

The rapid spread of internet and mobile technologies has facilitated growth and development across the world. At the same time, the ubiquity of digital technologies has raised new human rights and safety concerns. Cyberbullying, online harassment and cyberstalking are all too common, but these terms fail to capture the spectrum of violent behaviors that occur in digital spaces and disproportionately affect women, girls and sexual minorities.

Without first acknowledging the full range of gender-based violence enacted online or via technology, we will not be equipped to prevent it and effectively support those who experience it. On 18 March 2019, ICRW published a brief that offers a comprehensive definition of technology-facilitated gender-based violence, read it here:

The study was supported by the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) through the SVRI and World Bank Development Marketplace Award for Innovation on GBV prevention.