Working to end online violence and abuse.
With the continuous and rapid advancement of technology, we have seen the sudden shift of our daily social, professional and economic routines to online spaces. Technology-Facilitated Gender Based Violence (TFGBV) occurs when an individual or group perpetrates violence against a person using – or assisted by – information and communication technologies or digital media, on the basis of their gender. It is also often referred to as ‘online harassment and abuse,’ ‘online violence,’ or ‘cyber violence’.
In Kurdistan, as in much of the rest of the world, TFGBV is increasing rapidly. TFGBV can have a significant impact on a survivor’s mental health and wellbeing, and should be taken seriously, and while TFGBV affects everyone, women, adolescent girls and female public figures are particularly at-risk.
A prominent culture of shame and adoption of the ‘honor’ system puts survivors in a particularly dangerous situation–with an increased threat of seeing online violence shifting to offline spaces, and facing severe societal stigma.
Over 70% of women and girls experienced TFGBV in the past 12 months
UN Women, 2021
What SEED is doing to reduce and respond to TFGBV
SEED is committed to helping reduce TFGBV across Kurdistan by improving protection and prevention mechanisms, as well raising awareness of its risks, and changing attitudes to ensure survivors are supported and perpetrators are held accountable, including:
The Iraq TFGBV Task Force
Founded in December 2021, the Iraq TFGBV Task Force aims to bring NGOs, civil society, and government entities together to strengthen the prevention of, and response to, TFGBV across Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to ensure that survivors and those at-risk are protected, supported, and empowered. SEED jointly established the TFGBV Task Force with other members of the GBV Sub-Cluster in Iraq, and currently serves as co-lead. Its three objectives are: