daphne_logoThe Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies is a partner to a project coordinated by the Gender Studies, o.p.s.,  Czech Republic entitled Staying Safe Online: Gender and Safety on the Internet, and funded by the European Commission Daphne III Programme. Other partners to the project include the organization Feminoteka (Poland) and ProFem (Czech Republic) .

The project addresses the issue of media violence, particularly in connection with new media technologies and social networking websites. The overall project aim is the collection of gender-related data and awareness raising about the role of gender in cyber-related-abuse (sexual harassment, stalking, cyber-bullying among other) associated to the use  of the internet and new communication technologies by young people, particularly social networking websites.

The project Staying Safe Online is relevant (but not limited) to the following target groups: teenagers and young adults, especially girls and young women (14-26 years), (potential) victims of ICT abuse and their significant others, teachers and educators, youth workers, experts and institutions involved in the promotion of safety on the Internet, media, and the wider public.

The project’s specific objectives include:

• Gain knowledge and understanding of the role of gender in young people’s experiences of ICT-related-abuse (sexual harassment, stalking, cyber-bullying among other) in their everyday life.

• Raise public awareness about the gender-based violence and the role of ICT, such as social networking websites.

• Dissemination of information about safety in the cyberspace and useful information about available legal and psychological help to young people who experience gender-based violence through the use of internet and new communication technologies, particularly social networking websites.

The project’s activities are the following:

• Conduct quantitative and qualitative research to collect and analyse gender-specific data about teenagers’ and young adults’ experiences of cyber-related-abuse (sexual harassment, stalking, cyber-bullying among other) associated to the use of the internet and new communication technologies, particularly social networking websites (find the final report here);

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• Launch of an awareness raising campaign addressing gender-based violence and the role of social networking websites and new media technologies;

• Elaboration of a textbook addressed to educators and other professionals involved in formal and non-formal education;

• Organisation of seminars for educators;

• Provision of legal and psychological help for victims of ICT abuse (especially women and girls) who encountered cyber-violence and/or cyber-bullying;

 

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• Organisation of international conference bringing together experts to contribute in the discussion of gender, media violence, information and communication technologies.

• Publication of an anthology with the project deliverables.

 

For more information please contact Christina Kaili, Project Coordinator at christina@medinstgenderstudies.org or at 00357 22842036.