Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls

Authors/editor(s): UN Women, UNDP and ITU

This report, released by the United Nations Broadband Commission, reveals that almost three quarters of women online have been exposed to some form of cyber violence, and urges governments and industry to work harder and more effectively together to better protect the growing number of women and girls who are victims of online threats and harassment.

Millions of women and girls around the world are subjected to deliberate violence because of their gender. Violence against women and girls knows no boundaries, cutting across borders, race, culture and income groups, profoundly harming victims, people around them, and society as a whole.

The growing reach of the internet, the rapid spread of mobile information and communications technologies and the wide diffusion of social media have presented new opportunities and enabled various efforts to address VAWG. However, they are also being used as tools to inflict harm on women and girls. Cyber-violence against women and girls is emerging as a global problem with serious implications for societies and economies around the world. The statistics pose risks to the peace and prosperity for all enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, and, in particular, to the goals of inclusive, sustainable development that puts gender equality and the empowerment of women as key to its achievement.

This Report has been written collaboratively, drawing on insights and rich contributions from a range of Commissioners and Expert Members of the Working Group on Broadband and Gender. It has been compiled and authored by the report coordinator and co-author Nidhi Tandon and edited by teams from UN Women, UNDP and ITU.

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Bibliographic information

Subject area(s): Ending violence against women and girls; Harmful practices; Gender equality and women’s empowerment; Technology; Information and communications technology (ICT)

UN Women office involved in publication: UN Women Headquarters

Publication year: 2015

Publishing Entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)