When Women Are Silenced Online, Democracy Suffers

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Posted Apr 29, 2021 | Center of International Governance Innovation, Marie Lamensch

Online abuse, including cyber sexism, takes many forms, among them impersonation, disinformation, electronic surveillance, non-consensual use of photography, violent threats, sexual objectification and gender-based slurs. Marie Lamensch argues in this article for the Center of International Governance Innovation that social media has become a tool to perpetuate the long-existing culture of the silencing and disempowerment of women. Social media companies are called upon to assume greater responsibility so as not to prolong the culture of misogyny or obstruct women’s empowerment. The internet can be a transformative space; it should transform to support, not attack, women’s rights and democracy.




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