Cyberviolence against Women
- Johanna NELLES, Head of Violence against Women Division, Council of Europe - Online and technology Facilitated Violence Agaist Women and Girls: Standards of the Istanbul Convention
- Carolina LASEN DIAZ, Directorate of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, Council of Europe - CoE Recommendation on Preventing and Combating Sexism
- Lela AKIASHVILI, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Georgia on Human Rights and Gender Equality – Social Aspects of Cyberviolence and the Istanbul Convention
- Artur DEGTEARIOV, National Inspectorate of Investigations, Republic of Moldova - Cyberviolence Against Children and Women in the Republic of Moldova
- Valentyna OSADCHA, Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights - Ukraine Free of Gender-Based Violence
- Valentyna LUKIANETS, National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine - Online Abuse and Harassment: Gendered Violence
As proposed in the Council of Europe Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) Mapping study on cyberviolence: “Cyberviolence is the use of computer systems to cause, facilitate, or threaten violence against individuals that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering and may include the exploitation of the individual’s circumstances, characteristics or vulnerabilities.”
This definition, although still being a work on progress, suggests an extreme breadth of topics that are covered by the concept of cyberviolence. The webinar will discuss how some of these forms of violence affect women and girls in their daily lives. It will showcase legal instruments, binding and non-binding, that specifically address some of the manifestations of cyberviolence against women. These are the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) and the Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on preventing and combating sexism.
However, it is equally important to treat cyberviolence as an area of cooperation between various actors and initiatives for ensuring safer online environment for everyone. This presents multiple opportunities for cyberviolence to serve as an “integration” concept between various related themes: cybercrime and criminal justice response in general, the preventative measures and criminal law definitions provided by the Istanbul Convention for different forms of violence which may also take place in an online environment and, last but not least, specific powers and procedures for electronic evidence offered by the Budapest Convention, could be among possible avenues for such cooperation.
Moreover, in times of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continuing restrictions that increase reliance on the Internet, cyberviolence (in general) and cyberviolence against women and girls (in particular) may be even more pervasive than before, calling for more coherent and coordinated approach between governments, the private sector and the civil society.
The purpose of this webinar is to discuss in depth cyberviolence against women and girls from the perspective of relevant topics that are inherently connected to the use of information and communications technology, and to incentivise countries in the EAP to ratify the Istanbul Convention. The webinar is designed to encourage an interactive participation, and to facilitate information-sharing among participants, exchanging relevant experiences and good practices, and discussing challenges and opportunities.
- Present relevant Council of Europe international standards on gender equality and violence against women;
- Identify and discuss different forms of cyberviolence against women and girls;
- Discuss roles and responsibilities of various institutions and actors, including law enforcement, in deterring and handling of these threats;
- Present good practices in dealing with various forms of cyberviolence.
- The Council of Europe maintains a dedicated page on cyberviolence, with sections on:
- Council of Europe, T-CY Mapping Study on Cyberviolence (2018)
- Council of Europe, Istanbul Convention. Action against violence against women and domestic violence
- Council of Europe, Gender Equality Strategy (2018-2023)
- Council of Europe, Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on preventing and combating sexism
- Council of Europe, Combating sexist hate speech (factsheet)
- Council of Europe, Sexism: See it. Name it. Stop it! (brochure)
- Council of Europe, Inclusion and anti-discrimination
- Council of Europe, HELP Online Courses (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) – Access to Justice for Women
- Council of Europe, Women’s Rights and the COVID-19 Pandemic (resources)
- Council of Europe, C-PROC, Webinar: Introduction to Cyberviolence (resources)
- European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), Study on Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls (2017)
- Council of Europe, Cybercrime and COVID-19