06 July 2020 – 06 August 2020
Technology-facilitated GBV is the action by one or more people that harms others based on their sexual or gender identity or by enforcing harmful gender norms. This action is carried out using the internet and/or mobile technology and includes stalking, bullying, sexual harassment, defamation, hate speech and exploitation.
Over the next 4 weeks, #Tech2EndGBV will be hosting a digital campaign for nonprofit organisations to educate on Technology Facilitated GBV.
We invite your NPO to join us on our digital platforms to participate in the campaign:
- Facebook – click to follow
- Instagram – click to follow
- Twitter – click to follow
- Email – click to subscribe
To begin the campaign, we feel it is necessary to better understand GBV (gender-based violence) and Femicide.
GBV (gender-based violence)
GBV is violence aimed against a person because of their gender, prevalent in both male, female and in the LGBTQ community, but the majority of victims are women and girls.
GBV (and Intimate Partner Violence in particular) is more prevalent in societies where there is a culture of violence, and where male superiority is treated as the norm. A belief in male superiority can manifest in men feeling entitled to sex with women, strict reinforcement of gender roles and hierarchy (and punishment of transgressions), women having low social value and power, and associating masculinity with control of women.
In many cultures, men’s violence against women is considered acceptable within certain settings or situations – this social acceptability of violence makes it particularly challenging to address GBV effectively.
In South Africa in particular, GBV “pervades the political, economic and social structures of society and is driven by strongly patriarchal social norms and complex and intersectional power inequalities, including those of gender, race, class and sexuality.”
For the benefit of this campaign, we will be concentrating and highlighting the various forms of GBV that takes place online which includes, but is not limited to:
- Physical violence
- Sexual violence
- Psychological violence
- Economic violence
Globally, Femicide is recognised as hate crimes against women that are perpetrated by men simply because of the gender roles assigned to women.
In South Africa, we describe Femicide as “The intentional killing of females [women or girls] just because they are females.”
Femicide – the killing of women and girls – is the most extreme form of violence and discrimination against women and girls. Various typologies of femicide have been proposed by researchers in the past several decades with most distinguishing ‘intimate femicide’ from various other types of femicide (e.g. familial femicide and stranger femicide). The two broad categories of femicide are:
- Intimate femicide
- Non-intimate femicide
Over the next four weeks we (#Tech2EndGBV) will explain the different types of Technology Facilitated GBV,as well as the tech tools NPOs can use to effectively campaign against GBV.