Technology Against Violence
How a new wave of innovators are trying to use tech to empower survivors of gender-based abuse.
Is technology a weapon, or a force for good?
An estimated 2.3 million adults aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year, according to the Office of National Statistics. Unfortunately technology has played a big part in that. In our highly connected world, abusers can use technology against victims to monitor, threaten, harass, and hurt them. Experts also say that the pandemic has likely made the problem worse.
But not all is bad! In the UK, a landmark law passed in 2020 has made it illegal to use technology to track or spy on partners or ex-partners. The law specifically defines this kind of online abuse as a form of domestic abuse.
Moreover, there are many organisations using tech to empower victims and help them out of their abusive relationships. We are seeing a wave of new technological innovations, including platforms and apps to address gender-based violence and and promote gender equality.
This online event will bring together 4 incredible speakers to discuss how tech can be used to help and empower victims, and highlight the work that still needs to be done to end gender-based-violence.