Cyber violence against women and girls

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“The main objectives of this paper are to:
•    situate the growing threat of cyber violence against women and girls (VAWG) within  the broader context and challenge of cyber-crime,  Internet growth and governance, and human  rights;
•    define key priority areas of action that address the  5Ps of Due Diligence, through public sensitization,  compliance of safeguards and the implementation  of sanctions.  

The paper highlights the need for change on all levels, and seeks to:
•    frame these societal concerns, their ramifications  and impacts in relation to guiding public  perception, user behaviour from the end user point  of view;
•    postulate the necessary policy guidelines and  frameworks around Internet governance for  industry and service providers;
•    join others in raising the alarm and driving  an urgent call for concerted and coordinated  action on multiple fronts, through sensitization,  safeguards and sanctions.

The objective is […]  to complement punitive systems and law enforcement  with incentives to change behaviours through prevention,  advocacy, education and the equivalent of ‘neighbourhood  watch’ in the form of online civil society activities.

The graphic provides a high-level view of the complexity and  interdependence of issues in dealing with cyber VAWG”.

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Report issued by the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development (2015)

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Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers

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