According to a recent study, more women are known to use the Internet to enrich their relationships compared to men. Young women, those 18-24, experience certain severe types of harassment at disproportionately high levels: 26% of these young women have been stalked online, and 25% were the target of online sexual harassment. The growing reach of the Internet and the rapid spread of information through mobile devices has presented new opportunities that could put some women at risk, so it’s important to be mindful of the dangers.
Women, in general, are more vulnerable, be it the cyber space or their personal space. With the advent of technology and the option of hiding behind the screens to maintain anonymity, it has resulted in an increase in cyber bullying cases like body shaming.
Perpetrators frame these cyber-crimes with a particular intention such as illegal gain, revenge, insult to modesty of woman, extortion, blackmailing, sexual exploitation, defamation; incite hate against community, to steal information and also serious psychiatric illness.
India Future Foundation (IFF) focuses on promoting a safe, gender responsive and equitable cyber space which aims to safeguard women against online abuse, exploitation and cyber bullying through the means of various webinars and workshops in association with UN Women and different NGOs.