#MeToo online

Ending violence against women and enhancing women’s representation in and access to the media is a key concern in and around the Commission on the Status of Women in 2018.

With these two areas converging in the form of cyber violence against women and girls (Cyber-VAWG) or technology-related violence against women, IAWRT and Gender Links held a Parallel Event #MetooOnline - Workshopping Solutions to Counter Cyber Violence Against Women on 16 March 2018.

The panel discussed a number of issues affecting women using online media: The un-regulated harassment that, in most cases, goes unnoticed has affected many female journalists negatively. Many women loose interest in journalism as a career, others have been psychologically or physiologically affected, due to the ongoing vigorous and sometime planned humiliation and abuse.  Some journalists have lost their personal reputation and dignity  (which is crucial to survival in some cultures) and others have lost their privacy. Therefore this affects the media industry as a whole, and practical solutions are needed.

The panel highlighted key solutions which included:

 Start a movement of women to support women using online media

 Strengthen the positive movements acting about the violence against women

 Governments should establish online regulation for the safety of journalists on and offline. Both local and international regulation is paramount

 Media houses have a responsibility to support their female journalists or media workers against such abuse.

 Gender sensitive language should be encouraged

 Start a campaign on supporting women journalists working online

The extremely attentive and participative audience. came up with many solutions which fell basically into three categories - early education, legislation for punishment and responsibility of owners/publishers.