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Research Report_Not Just a Trend: Assessing the Types, Spread, and the Impact of Online Gender Based Violence in Uganda

The internet is one of the most powerful platforms for sharing...

The internet is one of the most powerful platforms for sharing ideas, and building community though unfortunately it has been used often to silence and censors women and girls due to online gender-based violence which creates the fear to speak out. The internet has turned out to be a dangerous place for many women, as social media has become a new way to carry out old patterns of oppression and violence against women as the majority continue to be the target of online harassment, quickly descended sexualized hate speech or threats. This new threat is increasingly being promoted and normalized due to the sophistication of digital technologies that permits the anonymity of perpetrators and also because of the weak existing legal and regulatory frameworks available for tackling the violence which is creating a hostile online environment where the rights and safety of women are never guaranteed.