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

As we begin the new year soon, 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 employed 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?

Research

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

Advocacy
Efforts to address TFGBV also necessitate a sound legislative and policy framework that is grounded in Charter Rights, international human rights law obligations and hold social media enterprises accountable for protecting intersectionally marginalized communities, defenders and activists.

During the last federal election, the government promised to enact a legislation that would address online harms including TFGBV. To date, the federal government has not moved forward on this promise. In December, Amnesty International joined experts and community organizations to urge the federal government to introduce this long-awaiting legislation. We are continuing this make this call to the Government of Canada in our upcoming Human Rights Agenda Report (to be published in 2024).

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 in the new year!