Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment
Sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment are growing problems in Kurdistan and affect many young women and girls. Social media has increased their vulnerability to being “sexploited” — blackmailed for sex or money — and harassed due to manipulation of photographs or by the sharing of their intimate/compromising photos, with women and girls at risk of losing their families, their safety, and their lives. Anonymous sexual harassment through social media and mobile phones is a growing problem — in addition to harassment in the workplace, schools, taxis and on the street. Within abusive relationships, social media has also become a tool of control and monitoring.