// WHO WE ARE
Founded by Cllr Seyi Akiwowo, we are an organisation working to reduce online violence against women and girls (OVAWG) and online hate speech through advocacy, campaigning and training workshops.
// WHAT WE BELIEVE
When we look back on this period of time, we want to be able to say that the rise in OVAWG and online hate speech was only a ‘glitch’ in our history. Glitch!UK believes that online violence of all forms is a vehicle for movements to divide society and spread fear. OVAWG is a weapon used to silence women online, particularly women with an opinion, influential women and women in public office. Online abuse takes many forms and we have seen a particular increase in OVAWG and online hate speech. We believe this has been a consequence of, and enabled by, a number of events:
- Rise of far right movements across Europe
- Rhetoric used during the UK EU Independence referendum and the 2016 US Presidential Election
- Social media companies are not adequately nor consistently following enforcing rules to ensure safety of all users.
- Underreporting of incidents to the police and robust commitment from the criminal justice system to prosecute
We believe the increase in OVAWG and online hate speech is a temporary malfunction that can be fixed. There are three important stands to our work…
1- Lobby social media companies to do more to adequately and consistently address online violence and online hate speech on their platforms.
2- Campaign to raise awareness of specific forms of online abuse and it’s impact and with partners.
3- Deliver workshops to helps cultivate the agency of users particularly young people and start conversations on how to be responsible online citizens.
// WHAT WE DO
Mobilising and working in partnership with other organisations, activists and survivors to amplify our voices, increase our impact and avoid duplication.
Lobbying decision and policy-makers to put pressure on social media companies to better self-regulate and to update UK laws.
Sign posting and providing information on rights, social media rules and how to report abuse.
Delivering interactive and informative training workshops in schools and to onlinetech developers.
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