Feminist voices from Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz women face numerous obstacles in achieving equal rights with men. Non-consensual bride kidnapping and domestic violence are the most serious social problems. I introduce a few brave initiatives that pretend to releave women and girls from the weight of the past.

A couple of years ago I volunteered in a small village in Kyrgyzstan where I witnessed at first hand a myriad of discriminatory practices based on gender. One girl was abducted and forced into a marriage against her will since her parents did not want her to bring dishonour to the family. Continue reading “Feminist voices from Kyrgyzstan”

Her Net Her Rights – this is how we do it

The European Week of Action for Girls has just passed, which is a yearly event that aims to promote the empowerment of European women and girls. In order to join this action, we decided to cover an online conference that was held as part of the European Women’s Lobby project Her Net Her Rights.

Prominent figures within the feminist movement, like activists and researchers, had gathered around the virtual table to discuss women’s rights issues online and possible solutions to create a safer web for Europe’s women and girls, as part of Her Net Her Rights by the European Women’s Lobby (EWL). Continue reading “Her Net Her Rights – this is how we do it”

Get an overview of online feed from #HerNetHerRights conference

#HerNetHerRights brings together the main actors on the issue of online violence against women and girls in Europe: researchers and activists, decision-makers and youth, survivors and women’s organisations. Get an overview of content, comments, videos, articles and reactions from the conference here!

It is the European Week of Action for Girls. As part of it, European Women’s Lobby hosts an online conference, #HerNetHerRights, Friday 13 October, 9.30-12.15 ECT. For complete program, see here.

For background info, read our latest post Online battle against online violence against women and Girls

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Online battle against online violence against women and girls

Bullying, harassments and threats are no new phenomenon. But the degree to which these are directed towards girls and women have made civil society and academia raise awareness about it.

Forms of online harassment can vary widely, from name-calling and trolling to stalking and shaming to outright sexual and death threats. Women harassed online are many times expected to either ignore or feel flattered in response to the harassments. Continue reading “Online battle against online violence against women and girls”