Our Work

Our Work

Advocating for Safer Digital Platforms

Women in politics will not be safe online until social media platforms clean up their act. All too often, attacks on women in politics are unrestrained, unaccountable, and go unchecked. That must change if democracy is to be preserved.

That’s why we, together with international and domestic organizations, policy-makers, parliaments, and civil society, advocate for the creation of better standards for digital platforms, bringing a much-needed gender lens to conversations on disinformation and platform regulations.

In Europe, we are working in coalition with a broad range of organizations and experts to encourage European lawmakers to utilize the proposed EU Digital Services Act to force digital platforms to take decisive action to reduce online gender-based violence. Our video showcasing the harms to women politicians and journalists, featured by Politico, was an essential part of this campaign. Because of this work, a mandatory risk assessment for “the right to gender equality” is now a part of the legislation. This campaign was modeled after the successful Forum on Misogyny and Hate Speech on Social Media, which included a letter to Facebook signed by Representative Jackie Speier and over 100 current and former women legislators globally, as well as a television ad aired on MSNBC, #HaveOurBack. 

In the United States, we are stressing the need for greater leadership and transatlantic cooperation on digital platform standards as a matter of democratic integrity and national security. In May 2022, we joined the #MakeMarkListen campaign to call attention to Facebook’s dangerous algorithms amplifying misogyny and gendered disinformation, and the failure of company leadership to adequately address the spread of hate speech and online abuse facilitated by the platform.

Globally, we are taking action to highlight the inadequacy of the commitments digital platforms took during the UN Generation Equality Forum, through media interviews and articles. In coalition with a broad and diverse range of women’s organizations, we are putting pressure on Big Tech to stop the spread of hate and violence on their platforms and protect users – particularly women.