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 On the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th of November, OPCIONATE will organize the webinar ‘Sexist Cyberviolence’, an event funded by the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council that will take place online from Casa de Colón.

We will count with the participation of feminist organizations and professionals with relevant experience in the study of gender-based cyber violence to delve into the reality of sexist cyber-violences, how they manifest and how they impact the lives of women and girls.

The speakers will be:

– Estibaliz Linares Bahillo, author of the thesis ‘El Iceberg Digital Machista’ (The Sexist Digital Iceberg), will lecture on the impact of this form of violence on adolescent women.

– Andrea Momoitio, coordinator of Píkara Magazine, will address the issue of feminist communicators and cyber-violence.

– Orlagh McCann, member of the UN technical team supporting the mandate of Special Rapporteur Dubravka Šimonović, will present the main points of the report by the Special Rapporteur on online violence against women and girls from a human rights perspective.

– Laia Serra Perelló, criminal lawyer, will review the criminal response to male sexist cyber violence crime.

– Eva Cruells López, SURT Foundation and Donestech co-founder, will present the research paper on online male violence.

To wrap up the webinar, on Friday, November 20th, Donestech’s colleagues will deliver a workshop on feminist digital self-defence.

The activity and online attendance are free. If you want to register or you require additional information, please contact us at info@opcionate.com.

The webinar starts by discussing how the use of new technologies is becoming more and more widespread, and new and varied forms of gender violence have emerged as manifestations of structural inequality, discrimination and patriarchy that seriously damage the lives of women and girls.

The use of the Internet, the rapid dissemination of information and mobile communications, together with the widespread use of social media has revealed new forms of violence against women.

There are still few statistics and studies on this subject. However, the data presented in the VII Report on Cybercrime in Spain by Ministry of the Interior, 2019, shows the overall distribution of victims registered by Law Enforcement Agencies by area and sex, highlighting the significant percentage of female victims in the case of crimes related to illicit access and interception, crimes against honour or sexual-related crimes.

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, Istanbul on 11 May 2011, ratified by Spain in 2014, recognizes violence against women (VAW) “as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women, and refers to all acts of violence that result in, or are likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women, including threats, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private spaces”.