Social Justice

200 High Profile Women Voice Against Social Media Bullying

BP World Bureau | Jul 02 2021 12:05:02 PM
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Over 200 high-profile women signed an open letter asking for a stern action against abuse on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 

The letter has been signed by major celebrities such as former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, ex-US tennis player Billie Jean King and British actresses Thandiwe Newton and Emma Watson.

Letter has been published at the UN Generation Equality Forum.

Former Australian PM Julia Gillard spoke about facing highly gendered and ugly social media, including the circulation of pornographic materials and cartoons. 

This letter calling for better protection and safety of women, was addressed to the chief executives of Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter.

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Lucina Di Meco, co-founder of #ShePersisted Global, reiterated that she is not happy with abstract or peripheral arguments made by executives of social media because no great action has been taken. 

A 2020 study by The Economist Intelligence Unit mentioned that 38% of the 4000 women they surveyed, in 51 countries, experienced some form of online abuse. 

Online abuse is worse for marginalised groups and black, Asian, Latin American and mixed-race women.

The open letter has been organised by Azmina Dhrodia, senior policy manager at the World Wide Web Foundation.