This site uses necessary cookies to enable basic functions like page navigation. By clicking “Accept Cookies”, you agree to the storing of additional cookies on your device to allow the Web Foundation to analyse site usage. View our Privacy Policy for more information.

Online Gender-Based Violence: Policies and Data

Online gender-based violence and abuse (OGBV) is a grave threat to progress on gender equality. When women in all their diversity have reduced presence online, they have less space in newsrooms, boardrooms and the halls of political power.

Our current work uses the Technology Policy Design Lab playbook to bring together governments, companies and civil society in a collaborative environment and use human-centered design thinking to develop policies, processes, or products at the intersection of technology and human rights that come with commitments that are measurable and accountable, and lead to greater safety of women in all their diversity.

Based on our previous work in Big Tech Commitments and findings from our Accountability work, the gaps identified and recommendations from our foundational OGBV work, we are progressing two key initiatives: Better Policies and Interventions, which aims to address and improve evaluation of tech tools and provide guidance on policies and practices both at tech company and government  levels, and Better Data, which seeks to establish common ontology and address gaps in perpetrator research.

Project overview presentation

For background and landscape research informing our work, please visit our resource library.

Get in touch

For more information please leave your details here.

Partners in this Work

The Women’s Rights Online Network (WRO) has built an updated picture of the data, policies, and partnerships currently available on the issue of OGBV, mapping out the legal, tech, and civil society landscape with a particular focus on the Global Majority. A key component of our work has been to close the gap between Global North decision makers and those most impacted and leading work on the frontlines, while also accelerating the rate at which Global Majority CSOs can learn from each other, build strategies and power, and perpetuate best practices.
View the full list
Thanks to the organisations that participated in our consultations and workshops