Council of Europe Notes Online Abuse in it’s Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023
We welcome Council of Europe’s points on online abuse and social media in it’s Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023.
“Media and social media play an important role in our lives, particularly when used to share information and expand awareness of a wide range of issues. However, evidence also shows that social media in particular are subject to abusive use, and that women and girls are often confronted with violent and sexualised threats online.
Particular platforms acting as conveyers of sexist hate speech include social media or video games. Freedom of expression is often abused as an excuse to cover unacceptable and offensive behaviour.
In the same way as with other forms of violence against women, sexist hate speech remains under-reported, but its impact on women, whether emotional,psychological and/or physical can be devastating, especially for young girls and women.”