IT for Change and Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, announce a National Dialogue on Gender-based Cyber Violence. Existing public debate on this issue is marked by one-off reporting of a few cases in media and short-lived sensationalism. We sorely lack a systematic stock-taking of the phenomenon from a gender equality perspective. The national dialogue seeks to address this gap. It will explore the issue normatively, legally and empirically, bringing feminist conceptions of the digital to the table and attempt to articulate what freedom from violence means in relation to online spaces.
Towards this, the national dialogue seeks to trigger a vibrant, interdisciplinary dialogue among different actors – feminist scholars and researchers, women’s rights and sexuality rights activists, digital rights groups, disability rights groups, lawyers, and students from a range of disciplines: women’s studies, media and cultural studies, psychiatric social work, psychology, sociology, law, and so on. For more details, read the background note.
In addition to plenaries and main sessions featuring idea-leaders engaged in cutting-edge research and practice to address various aspects of gender-based cyber violence, the national dialogue also seeks to engage emerging researchers, early career practitioner-scholars, and post-graduate students from across the country, concerned about the issue.