#HerNetHerRights II: Prevent, Protect, Promote
Women are 27 times more likely to be harassed or stalked online. Over 9 million girls in Europe today have already experienced some form of cyber violence by the age of 15; female politicians are one of the most attacked, harassed and targeted demographics of online users globally! We must ask ourselves, why do women and girls face such a disparity of experience when it comes to online violence? How does it affect our democracies if female candidates are harassed into silence? What can we do to combat this?
In collaboration with Google, the European Women’s Lobby has developed an information and training session to ensure our politicians understand the full scale of the online violence against women. This session will equip female leaders with the tools in order to be able to protect their campaigns from harassment and the knowledge on how to develop impactful policy changes in our ever-growing digital society.
All women and girls deserve a life free from violence, let’s work together to create a safer, more inclusive web for all women and girls.
Manon Deshayes, Policy and Campaigns Assistant - European Women's Lobby
Manon just finished her Master’s degree in International Relations at Sciences Po Aix in France, after completing a traineeship in the Fundamental Rights’ unit in the Council of the European Union. She joined the European Women’s Lobby as a Policy and Campaigns Assistant, where she’s working mostly on the 50/50 campaign and on subjects related to Violence Against Women and Girls.
Gwendolyn Sterk, Public Affairs Manager at Welsh Women’s Aid
Gwendolyn Sterk has worked and volunteered for over a decade in strategic policy and development in the violence against women and girls sector as well as spending some years in the public sector. Gwendolyn currently works as the Public Affairs Manager at Welsh Women’s Aid where she leads the team working to influence Welsh and UK government policy as well as managing relations with the media. She is also a board member for SARSAS, a Rape Crisis Centre based in Avon and Somerset. Gwendolyn is the UK expert representative on the European Women’s Lobby Observatory on Violence against Women.
Gwendolyn is passionate about tackling gender equalities and committed to addressing the causes and consequences of violence against women and girls through the collective action of civil society.