It goes without saying that the world’s on the internet now. This world, though, still isn’t a completely safe place for women. According to a UN report released recently, three quarters of women and girls have experienced some kind of cyber violence.
Soraya Chemaly, writer and director of the Speech Project, told Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC Radio’s the Current that violence women experience online, much like violence experienced offline, is often perpetrated by acquaintances, although this isn’t so much the case for journalists, or other women with public profiles.
When we think of cyber harassment, we often think of cyberbullying and its impacts on kids and teens, she noted. But the full scope of what we mean when we talk about cyber harassment runs the full gamut — impersonation, violence, threats, illegal activity, defamation and revenge porn are a few examples.
“It’s a huge range of activities for people who’d rather women just stop talking,” Chemaly said.
Listen to the full segment on the Current here.
How can we combat cybermisogyny? Is it up to governments to enact laws or do we need to work within our communities and change values and systems of oppression close to home?