Global Partnership for Action on Gender-based Online Harassment and Abuse

Prevent and improve the response to technology-facilitated gender-based violence

Contact

Anna Cecilie Friis Bach, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Context

The Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse (Global Partnership) was first announced at the first U.S. Summit for Democracy in december 2021 by the United States and Denmark. At the 66th session for the Commission on the Status of Women, the Global Partnership was officially launched by the initial set of member countries in the Global Partnership. The Global Partnership is an Action Coalition under Tech for Democracy, which works to address gender-based online harassment and abuse in the long term with an initial mission to deliver concrete results by the end of 2022.

Background

The digital world holds immense potential to amplify the voices of women, girls, and LGBTQI+ individuals. At the same time, social-media platforms and other digital technologies have given rise to new forms and manifestations of gender-based violence through their misuse; and exacerbated preexisting forms of gender-based violence through their scale, speed, and reach. Moreover, this occurs within an ecosystem characterized by a gender digital divide rooted in structural gender inequalities, in which those who design—and, in some countries or regions, access and use—communications technologies are disproportionately male. Often, gender-based online abuse and harassment reflects and exacerbates offline discrimination and gender disparities: research indicates that its prevalence can be higher in regions where women and girls have lesser legal status, rights, and protections. Because gender-based online harassment and abuse can transcend national borders, and be an added dimension of violence in political and ethnic conflict, meaningful efforts for protection, prevention, and accountability require global, multi-sectoral action and coordination.

Objectives

The Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse (Global Partnership) will bring together countries, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to better prioritize, understand, prevent, and address the growing scourge of technology-facilitated gender-based violence. The Global Partnership will focus its work on three strategic objectives:

1) Develop and advance shared principles.

Partners will develop a collection/compendium of international best practices and principles that situate certain forms of gender-based online harassment and abuse as a type of intersectional gender discrimination, as a threat to democratic values—particularly in the context of gendered disinformation in elections—and, where applicable, as a violation or abuse of human rights with reference to both international and regional instruments. This includes emphasizing the need for greater accountability for perpetrators and framing the experience of gender-based online harassment and abuse as an impediment to individuals’ ability to exercise their right to freedom of expression; enjoy their rights related to privacy; and fully and equally participate in civic and political life.

2) Increase targeted programming and resources.

Together, partners will focus resources on preventing and responding to gender-based online harassment and abuse, including programs that provide training and support to civil-society organizations, journalists, and politically active women on best practices to document and respond to technology-facilitated gender-based violence.

3) Expand reliable, comparable data and access to it.

Partners will improve the regular collection of comparable data (at the national, regional, and global levels) on gender-based online harassment and abuse and its effects by governments, international organizations, technology platforms, and non-governmental organizations. They will also pilot and evaluate innovative, evidence-informed interventions. Such data should be collected in accordance with safety and ethical standards, and measure the prevalence, impact, and political and economic costs of gender-based online harassment and abuse, particularly at the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The Global Partnership will also invest in building a rigorous evidence base to enhance understanding of risk and protective factors associated with experiencing and perpetrating gender-based online harassment and abuse.

For more information visit: https://www.state.gov/2022-roadmap-for-the-global-partnership-for-action-on-gender-based-online-harassment-and-abuse/

Partners
  • The United States of America
  • Denmark
  • The United Kingdom
  • Sweden
  • Chile
  • Australia
  • Republic of South Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
Past events
16 Mar2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Renewing Democracy: A Global Partnership to end Online Harassment and Abuse

Social media platforms and other digital technologies have given rise to new forms of gender-based violence. Online violence threatens the safety and rights of individual women, girls, and members of other marginalized groups; and undermines the strength of democracies. Critically, the consequences of online gender-based violence spillover into the physical world.

Please join NDI and the U.S. Department of State for a panel showcasing the "Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse." The Global Partnership is building a global coalition to improve the prevention and response to online gender-based violence. Hear from experts from civil society, government, and more on we can stop the democratic deficit by ending online violence against women in politics and public life.

Welcome: Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations

Co-Sponsor Speakers:
-Trine Bramsen, Minister for Gender Equality and Minister for Transport, Denmark
-Ann Linde, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
-Vicky Ford, Minister for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, United Kingdom
-Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner, Australia

Panelists:
-Zina Alam, Media Specialist, UNFPA
-Fatima Mena Baide, Chief of Honduran Anticorruption Party
-Tracey Breeden, VP of Safety and Social Advocacy, Match Group
-Agita Pasaribu, Founder and CEO, Bully.id

Moderator: Moira Whelan, Director for Democracy and Technology, NDI

Closing Remarks: Jennifer Klein, Co-Chair and Executive Director of the White House Gender Policy Council.