Measuring Global Perceptions of Gender-Based Violence Online

In partnership with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), RIWI conducted the world’s largest and most global perceptions survey on the topic of online gender-based violence. Respondents from Kenya to Kazakhstan, and Serbia to South Africa shared their opinions on the nature, prevalence, impacts, and responses to gender-based violence online.

Over 40,000 respondents from 15 countries completed the survey, developing a large and comprehensive dataset examining Web-users’ experiences with online violence and the impacts it has on those personally affected as well as their peers. Given the sensitive nature of the questions and topics of the survey, RIWI’s methodology was crucial as it ensured respondents’ absolute anonymity and safety while participating in the study. Similarly, RIWI’s unique access in countries that are otherwise hard-to-reach made the technology particularly adept for this innovative data collection project.

RIWI anticipates continuing this work by expanding the number of countries included in the project, as well as diving deeper into specific key findings such as the intersectionality of violence online. If you are interested in supporting the next phase of this program, please contact Mercedes Fogarassy who manages RIWI’s gender portfolio.

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