Sexist hate speech is a daily phenomenon for many women that is only beginning to be addressed. It requires both legal remedies and action to combat gender stereotypes.

Sexist hate speech relates to expressions which spread, incite, promote or justify hatred based on sex. Some groups of women are particularly targeted by sexist hate speech (notably young women, women in the media or women politicians), but every woman and girl is a potential target for online and offline sexist hate speech.  The increasing availability and use of Internet and social platforms have contributed to growing occurrences of sexist hate speech. The Council of Europe has started to address this issue by looking at the potential use of existing standards and at policies on combating gender stereotypes.


 Background note on sexist hate speech, Council of Europe (2016)

  Platform to monitor threats against women journalists

Factsheet on Combating Sexist Hate Speech


Council of Europe seminar

Strasbourg 10-12 February 2016

Presentations and Speeches Presentations and Speeches

Sexist hate speech: causes, forms, targets and consequences
Maria Edström, Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Journalism, Media & Communication, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Institutional Initiatives to combat sexist hate speech
Eva Fehringer, Member of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission, Austria

Bjorn Hvidtfeldt Larsen, Denmark, the Nordic Council of Ministers

Legal and policy frameworks to combating sexist hate speech and provide redress for victims
Carly Nyst, Human Rights lawyer and advocate, United Kingdom

Sexist hate speech and the media
Pamela Morinière, European Federation of Journalists

Initiatives and projects to combat sexist hate speech - Examples of the work of civil society
Valentina Pellizzer, OneWorld, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzogovina

Sexist hate speech and the media
Iris Luarasi, Lecturer, Department of Journalism and Communication, Tirana University, Albania