2018 Symposium on online and ICT-facilitated violence against women

UNSA Vienna Femicide Team

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Online VAW
online violence
ICT-facilitated violence
mobile phones
social media


On the 2018 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th of November), the Femicide Team of the ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office organized a symposium on cybercrimes committed against women: "Gender Inequality in the Digital Era: Addressing Online and ICT-Facilitated Violence Against Women"


  • Moderator: Dr Martina Gredler, Soroptimist International
  • Welcoming Remarks: Dr Alfred Pritz, Rector of Sigmund Freud University
  • Gail Dines, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, President of Culture Reframed
  • Kamola Ibragimova, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Counter-Cybercrime Education
  • Dr Marie-Helen Maras, Tenured Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Jackie Jones, Professor of Feminist Legal Studies at Bristol Law School
  • Hanna Gaffney, PhD candidate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • Katharine Sarikakis, Media Governance and Industries Research Lab, University of Vienna
  • Concluding Remarks: Dr Karin Bruckmuller, Sigmund Freud University and Dr Michael Platzer, ACUNS Vienna

Short Summary (Facebook)

"Fascinating Symposium at Sigmund Freud University, cosponsored by ACUNS, UNODC, Sorotopmists, African Women, and three universities.


  • from Gail Dines: Internet transformed the Porno Industry, now accessible to all including 9 year olds;
  • from Antonio Gutteres (FRA) States have an obligation to control cyber-sexual harassment;
  • from Kamola Ibragimova (UNODC) Education for Justice has 14 modules, including ICT for Law Enforcement;
  • from Maria Maras (John Jay College) law enforcement will never catch up with technology and new developments;
  • from Hannah Gaffney (Cambridge U): sub teenage girls more likely to be cyber bullies, youth know better new technologies;
  • from Max Edelbacher: weaker social classes less like to be cyber bullies.

Many other issues discussed in 3 1/2 hour discussion: privacy, Government and Commercial companies have destroyed all notions of privacy; some effects of cyberstalking long standing, even lead to suicide."




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