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The association Opciónate has elaborated the ‘Map of Resources on the Prevention and Attention to Gender-based Cyber-violence’, a document that brings together concepts, definitions and typologies, as well as the regulatory framework, the crimes associated with this scourge and the main actors and institutions working in this field in the world, Spain, the Canary Islands and Gran Canaria.

Regarding the regulatory framework, the analysis points out the existence of “great challenges”, because “although the rules are adapting to new realities, in practice digital technologies evolve at a pace that is far ahead”.

This map is the result of one of the initial phases of the project ‘Ciberviolencias machistas: un análisis de la realidad actual en Gran Canaria’, a participatory study of the impact and existing resources against male cyber-violence in Gran Canaria. The work will soon address the collection of testimonies and experiences of affected women, groups, institutions and specialists in the field.

In fact, one of the most outstanding aspects of the initiative is its participatory and experiential vocation, which will result in the consultation through a focus group, questionnaires and interviews with women and key professionals working in the prevention and attention to gender-based cyber-violence in Gran Canaria.

The initiative is supported by the Department of Equality of the Cabildo in its strategy to promote equality for reasons of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and will allow obtaining specific data on prevention and action lines, as well as the needs to address the problem with greater guarantees in the island territory.

The ‘Map of Resources on the Prevention and Attention to Gender-based Cyber-violence’ points out that the typology of concepts linked to this scourge “expands as technology evolves” and that “it is important to highlight that in the same act of violence several of the described aggressions can be combined, which contributes to increase the impact on the victim”.

Likewise, the map synthesizes the basic international regulations, within the scope of the United Nations, the European Union and the Council of Europe, as well as the Spanish and regional Canary Islands. It also underlines that the Penal Code “contemplates a series of crimes that punish some of the forms of cyber-violence, although not all of them”.

The actors listed are divided between the international sphere (United Nations system, European institutions and civil society), the national sphere (academic institutions, civil society and the media) and the Canary Islands (institutions, associations, integral system of prevention and protection for victims of gender violence and school protocols).

Finally, the document makes reference to and includes links to the main national protocols and to documentary and to the documentary resources, guides and tools found.

At this moment the project is in the second phase, you can actively participate by answering the questionnaire here.