Online gender-based violence (OGBV) is recognized as one of the most widespread forms of interpersonal violence that impacts women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals around the globe. This type of violence includes cyberstalking, harassment, hate speech and non-consensual sharing of intimate images of victims. These acts can result in physical, psychological, emotional and economic harm for victims and their communities.
OGBV is on the rise internationally, but there is limited data on the true extent of it, with mostly anecdotal accounts from the Global South.
Supporting a Safer Internet: Global Survey of Gender-Based Violence Online is a two-year research project created to address this gap. Led by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) with support from the International Development Research Centre and Ipsos, this project will be the first statistically relevant survey of women’s and LGBTQ+ individuals’ online experiences focused on OGBV in the Global South.
Data gathered from this survey and the research papers produced by CIGI through this project aim to help civil society organizations, the private sector and governments better design responses to OGBV through online platform regulation, education programs, legal recourse and more.