Cyber Violence against Women and Girls is increasing – particularly in times of COVID-19


Due to the COVID-19 crisis and the restrictive measures taken worldwide, violence against women and girls seems to have increased. Women's rights groups and victims support groups reported an increase of domestic violence and dramatic effects on the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls. However, another aspect of the crisis is still under-reported and official data is lacking: The effects of COVID-19 on cyber violence against girls and women are still under investigation.

According to Forbes magazine, the lock-down and the policy of social distancing have increased the use of the Internet between 50 % and 70 %. In general, users with limited digital skills seem to be at risk of cyber violence. Given the digital gender divide, women and girls are at higher risk of these forms of violence.

At Centre for Social Informatics Barbara Brečko, PhD deals with this scientific area. She is currently participating in the CYBERSAFE (»Changing Attitudes among teenagers on Cyber Violence against Women and Girls«) project. In cooperation with Nicholasom Spetsidisom she published an article »Cyber Violence against Women and Girls is increasing – particularly in times of COVID-19« for Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation.


Back to list of notificationsPublished: 17. November 2020 | Category: News