Combatting Cyber Violence for Women and Girls: Writing the Web

Made by Amira Dhalla

80 - 100 minutes

In this three-part series learners focus on understanding the impact of cyber violence against women and girls, creating safer places online, knowing how to address bullying or attacks when they happen, and participating in online communities in a supportive manner. Activities will take young women and girls from understanding online violence to actively advocating against it.

Web Literacy Competencies

Composing Remixing Accessibility Security Coding

Learning Objectives

  • Identify common practices of safety policies on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter etc.
  • Write a mock safety policy that focuses on how to stop abuse online and support those being abused.
  • Embed their safety policy into a webpage.
  • Self-assess their use of safety policies for the future.

Materials

  • Post-it-notes
  • Pens and markers
  • Printed copies of The Verge article
  • Internet-connected computers (for participants and facilitator)
  • A projector (optional)

Background and Preparation:

    Millions of women and girls around the world are victims of cyber violence or threat. Roughly 73% of women are abused online. For the internet to remain an open and safe place, we need to understand why and how cyber violence occurs to be able to take a more effective stand in stepping in. The second part of this module focuses on understanding how organizations should respond to abuse online and steps that can be taken to support those that have been hurt.

    Before the session, do the activity on your own to become familiar with the basic concepts. Note, do not show your activity until after the attendees have completed their own to avoid sharing sample answers.

    • Follow this link to the Thimble activity template.
    • Click on the green "Remix" button in the upper right-hand corner of the window to go into the project's code.
    • Click on the "Index.html" panel in the upper left-hand corner of the coding window.
    • Follow the steps in the description to complete the activity.

    Facilitators should review the tips on designing events for women and girls guide in order to prepare for the activity.