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Glitch!UK at UN IGF 2017: Combating Online Violence Against Politically Active Women

A few months ago I was invited to be on the National Democratic Institute’s panel at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (shout out to Soraya for recommending me!) Online violence against politically active women is an increasing threat to democracy particularly as we move political participation online, it deters young women aspiring to have […]

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Collaborating with Feminist Internet at Somerset House Studios

One of Glitch!UK’s fundamental principles and ways of working is partnership. We believe working in partnership with great organisations, activists and survivors is key to amplifying our collective voice, increasing our impact and to avoid duplicating work. Shout out to Slay in Your Lane for recommending Glitch!UK to Dr Charlotte Webb Chief Leopard of the […]

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Misogynoir: How social media abuse exposes longstanding prejudices against black women- Newstatesman Article

Written by Journalist Maya Goodfellow in The Newstateman “Which STD will end your miserable life?” “This is why monkeys don’t belong here.” “I hope you get lynched”. These are just some of the many messages Seyi Akiwowo, a Labour councillor in Newham, told me she has been sent over the past three weeks. Akiwowo has […]

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Human Rights Day: Freedom of Expression is not a pass to be an online troll

It is possible have a robust debate, and sometimes it is necessary to in order to get to the core of the main points, challenge held beliefs and draw similarities and conclusion. It is important to go through this process in order for society to grow in tolerance and understanding, to evolve and recommit to core beliefs.

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#16Days: Officially Recognise Online Abuse as a Form of Violence Against Women

We ask The Conservative Party, The Labour Party, The Liberal Democrats, The Green Party and the Women’s Equality Party to recognise online abuse & harassment as a form of violence against women and demand better self-regulation from social media companies. Who will say yes first? On the 16th and final day of commemorating the international […]

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Anti-Social Media – The OverTake Article

“Social media has been a powerful ally for women in the past month. The online outcry about sexual harassment shocked the world into seeing abuse towards women as distressingly commonplace. In this instance, Twitter served as an empowering space – it provided solidarity and an encouraging environment where women could break their silence. It can […]

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My piece in LabourList: Today is the day Labour must renew its determination to end online violence against women and girls

Earlier this year I received a wave of hateful online abuse and harassment after a video of me speaking at the European Parliament went viral. On one hand, the online world is merely a reflection of the state of our society; on the other hand the online world seems to be a comfortable place for […]

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Amnesty’s Evidence Supports the Experiences of Women + Girls facing online violence- and I’m proud to be a part of it.

In order to end online violence against all women and girls there needs to be a global movement of activists, organisations, policy-makers, individuals, law enforcement and social media companies raising awareness of the issues of online abuse and working to fix this glitch. There’s also a need for mobilising and working in partnership with other […]

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