12 February 2023, Berlin: Illustration: Fictitious html pages and hacker programs are seen on screens while a man has his hands on the keyboard. Photo: Annette Riedl/dpa (Photo by Annette Riedl/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Canada must end Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence

Technology-facilitated gender-based violence continues to be a concerning issue across Canada.

Cyberbullying and online harassment on social media platforms, the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, doxing, swatting, and the use of spyware to track or control someone, are just a few manifestations of how technology is used to intimidate, control and harm women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. Indigenous, Black, and racialized women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people are the disproportionate targets of these alarming forms of online threats, violence, and abuse.  

VANCOUVER, B.C. – AUGUST 31 2023: Liz Fong-Jones spent the past year trying to make sure the anti-trans hate site Kiwi Farms stayed offline.](Photo by Jackie Dives for The Washington Post via Getty Images

What is AI Canada Doing About it?

Amnesty International (AI Canada English Speaking Section and the International Secretariat) is working on a research project to document the diverse ways in which Indigenous, Black, and racialized women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ activists, journalists and defenders are experiencing technology facilitated gender-based violence in Canada. 

Have you experience online violence as an Indigenous, Black, or racialized activist, advocate, defender, or journalist? Share your experience by completing Amnesty International Canada’s research survey or by participating in a confidential research interview with our research team! Contact Amnesty’s Gender Rights Campaigner Elishma Khokhar for more information: sendusyourfeedback@amnesty.ca

More information about participating in a confidential interview:

Scan the QR code below to participate in Amnesty’s research survey!

Webinar: Lets Talk About Safer Online Spaces: Addressing Technology Facilitated Gender Based Violence

During Women’s History Month and Transgender Week of Visibility, Amnesty International Canada hosted an engaging discussion about technology-facilitated gender-based violence to honour the stories, struggles and voices of women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ activists and advocates who are tirelessly working to create safer and more equitable digital spaces.

The webinar explored the nuanced forms of online violence and misogyny experienced by women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities, strategies for fostering safer online spaces and pathways toward collective action, solidarity, and resilience.

Learn More: 16 Days Guest Blog Series

Amnesty International curated a series of guest blogs from the perspectives of Indigenous, Black, and racialized women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ defenders, activists, and leaders across the Americas. During the 16 Days of Activism (November 25-December 10), we shared these written pieces to highlight intersectional perspectives on a number of topics including the experiences of racialized 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities in Canada.

Read activist Liz Fong-Jones blog and more here!

Take Action

Watch this space for upcoming actions and social media messaging addressing online harms and safety throughout the year!