“Relentless, borderless, and often anonymous–the online world is the new frontier for gender-based violence,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem in a press release. “It’s time for technology companies and policymakers to take digital violence seriously. Right now, corporate logos and copyrighted IP receive greater protection online than we do as human beings.”
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, 85% of women with access to the internet reported witnessing online violence against other women, and 38% experienced it personally.
The launch coincides with the 16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, an annual campaign from the UN which runs from Nov. 25 (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to Dec. 10 (Human Rights Day).