What have we been up to?
- we have developed contacts with experts and feminist activists to strenghten our trainings with a focus on IPV and technology in the light of the changes related to the Covid-19 crisis;
- We plan and structured an online team upskilling with an expert on cybersecurity and technology with a focus on the changes brought about by the Covid-19 crisis;
- We drafted the structure of the training and the elaboration of materials that will be used during the course;
- We launched a social campaign, an instagram direct and a Fb online event focused on non consensual sharing of intimate images, expecially in occasion of The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25th November);
In the last months of this difficult 2020 the Working Group on this project continues the preparatory work for the project Help domestic abuse survivors in Italy with tech.
In the past few months the Working Group has focused on self-training in tech. In particular, the Online Training team has organized self-training sessions, to be carried out by all members of the Project Working Group, with activists and experts in tech and violence. The aim is to further deepen our knowledge on the issue and on developments that have taken place since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increase in tech use provoked by COVID-19, unfortunately also with respect to domestic violence.
These training sessions will take place in two ways. The first will involve a set of experts from different sectors and different professional backgrounds selected by the Working Group (sociologists, cyber activists, lawyers) and will take place through interviews geared at analysing and gathering all changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic in our focus area.
The second will involve the participation of the members of the Working Group in a training session held by a cyber security and digital technologies expert. This training will be focused on enhancing our knowledge of stalkerware, privacy and use of IoTs within abusive relationships.
The knowledge gained and renewed thanks to these trainings will complement and strengthen the needs assessment work carried out in the last months with the anti-violence centers, thanks to which the Working Group has started to structure the course that will be carried out and the materials and content that will be used in this activity.
We have done a lot of communications work in these past few months. There have been some truly unpleasant news stories in Italy concerning various forms of gender-based violence that prompted us to set up moments of information-sharing and sensitization on the subject of digital violence, with a particular focus on the issue of non-consensual dissemination of sexual content and on the construction of solidarity and support networks.
The pandemic has brought to the attention of Italian mass media, more than has occurred in the past, how the web can be used as a space through which violence is carried out. Recognising these dynamics and creating mechanisms to contrast them (such as the solidarity and support provided by anti-violence centres) have been at the heart of our public interventions.
Through Instagram live broadcasts, online Facebook events, presentations at university seminars and participation in panels at National Festivals on gender violence, the comms team of Chayn Italia has been dedicated to sharing the knowledge we have acquired in recent years on digital violence, creating moments of debate and exchange with various feminist realities in Italy and reaching a wide audience.
These communication activities have been, in addition to a tool for dissemination of expertise, also an opportunity to involve and get in touch with associations and individuals (experts, teachers, activists, etc..) who have shown an interest in the issue of digital violence, making further clear the need to continue to stimulate a debate on this topic and carry out targeted and shared actions to combat it.