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[liberationtech] Quantitative study on Online VAW in Pakistan

Nighat Dad nighat at digitalrightsfoundation.pk
Tue May 30 13:38:36 PDT 2017


Hello all,

Digital Rights Foundation organised the conference "Hamara Internet:
Challenging the Evolving Threat of Online Violence" to mark the launch of
the research study "Measuring Pakistani Women's Experiences of Online
Violence" [Report: PDF
<http://digitalrightsfoundation.pk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Hamara-Internet-Online-Harassment-Report.pdf>].
The study fills the gap in existing data on online violence against women
in Pakistan.

The study compiles the data collected from 1400 women from across the
country to map the different experiences of online violence against women,
along with looking at how women use digital tools on the whole.

The stats collected by these surveys - in addition to the calls that we
receive on our Cyber Harassment Helpline [Helpline 4-month Report - PDF
<http://digitalrightsfoundation.pk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/4-Month-Report.Final_.pdf>]
- depict that Facebook is the worst medium in terms of online harassment.

According to the data collected, 67% of the women use Facebook regularly, and
79% prefer WhatsApp as their means of communications. The data highlights
that 50% of the respondents rate social media worse in online harassment,
and 40% claimed that they have been stalked and harassed via messaging
apps. Whereas, 70% of those surveyed are scared of posting pictures online
because they could be misused.

The data analysis explores the experiences of women online, and aims to
initiate politicized and informed discussion about gender empowerment
within the virtual space. This report will also be used as an advocacy tool
for gendered digital rights.

As I share this report with you, I want to mention that we're always
learning and evolving in what we do at DRF. Hence, any suggestions and
feedback will be appreciated.

Media Coverage
https://thewire.in/141298/pakistan-online-womenharassment/
https://www.geo.tv/latest/143464-40-of-women-face-harassment-on-internet-says-pakistans-first-online-violence-study
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1419377/women-join-hands-fight-cybercrime/

-- 
Best,
Nighat Dad
Executive Director
Digital Rights Foundation
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Cyber Harassment Helpline: 0800-39393 <http://0800-39393/>

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