Our Mission

Our social mission is to reduce online violence against women and girls and online hate speech through advocacy, campaigning and workshops – Glitch! 2017

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.

‘Glitch’ essentially means a temporary malfunction with an equipment. Glitch!UK believes this ‘glitch’ of online abuse can be fixed and 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.

// WE WANT TO SEE… 

1.ATTITUDINAL CHANGE We must challenge and change the rhetoric of “oh it’s just words, ignore them” but instead saying “no words do have an impact and negative online activity can and does extend into real world.

2. BETTER self-regulation of social media companies and IMPROVED mechanisms to keep all social media users safe and free to express themselves.

3. TRAINING for young people, those that work with young people, police officers, and online tech developers. We want to see an increase in online citizenship in a generation,  an increase in reporting of online abuse and prosecutions as well as new apps and new social media platforms that do not have these ‘glitches’.

4. POLICY + LEGAL REFORM to take include OVAWG as part of the world’s efforts to Eliminate Violence Against Women. We also want to see policy and legal reforms that appropriately address 21st Century online criminality.

5. A GENERATION OF 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 to young people, in schools, youth groups and to online tech developers.