INCLUSIVE, SAFE AND SECURE DIGITAL SPACES FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Harrassed on the street, they change their route harassed on the bus, they walk, harassed online and they log off. It’s high time women take their space back, especially online. According to Amnesty International, around 76% of women surveyed across eight countries have said that they had experienced abuse or harassment on social media platforms , which pushed them to make changes in the way they use the platforms. This included restricting what they post about. 32% of women said they had s topped posting content that expressed their opinion.
Discrimination and violence against women and children offline has permitted into the digital world, resulting in women and girls been disempowered, stepping back out of fear and lack of safety. Vulnerable groups, especially women and children are most susceptible to digital safety challenges. These challenges create disparities and limit their access to a full range of opportunities offered by digital technologies and it’s meaningful use. They are missing out on what the world of the internet has to offer.
The Centre for Social Research (CSR) has been working in the field of Digital Safety & Online Well-Being for the better part of a decade with an innate focus on the women, youth and children.
To make sure that all digital citizens can share a bright digital future we propose to have a comprehensive roundtable discussion with a global panel. We aim to put forth pertinent concerns of gender based discrimination, abuse and harassment in the online world and make suggestions based on findings from our many initiatives. And get perspectives and valuable input s from the panel.
With this in-depth discussion we hope to bring into the open voices and perspectives of women, youth and young children with relation to digital safety, inclusivity and psychosocial well-being. We further intend to address the resources, frameworks, strategies, tools and policies to make the digital world a safe and inclusive space for all.
DATE: 21ST MARCH
TIME: 6.30PM IST