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CZ PRES CONFERENCE ON:
Gender equality in the digital age: a task for Europe. Combating gender-based cyber-violence

29 November 2022 | 10:00–16:00 CEST
REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Concerned that sexism is linked to violence against women and girls, whereby acts of “everyday” sexism are part of a continuum of violence creating a climate of intimidation, fear, discrimination, exclusion and insecurity which limits opportunities and freedom;

Aware that sexism and sexist behaviour are perpetrated at the individual, institutional and structural levels, and experienced with detrimental effect at all three levels, and that measures to prevent and combat sexism should therefore be taken at all levels.
CoE, Council of Ministers in Recommendation on Preventing and Combating Sexism

Cyber violence particularly impacts women active in public life, such as politicians, journalists and human rights defenders. This can have the effect of silencing women, hindering their societal participation and undermining the principle of democracy as enshrined in the Treaty on European Union.” Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on combating violence against women and domestic violence

The conference is organised by the Office of the government of the Czech Republic and held as a part of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Linda Bartošová, journalist

Ondřej Trhoň, journalist

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SPEAKERS

Klára Šimáčková Laurenčíková, Government Commissioner for Human Rights, Czech Republic

Irena Moozová, European Commission, Director for Equality and Union Citizenship (DG JUST)

Karel Dvořák, Deputy Minister of Justice, Czech Republic

Eleonora Esposito, Researcher, European Institute for Gender Equality

Tuija Saresma, Researcher, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, expert on sexist hate speech

Lisa Kaati, Researcher, Stockholm University

Josefina Erikson, Associate professor, Uppsala University

Cecilia Josefsson, Associate professor, Uppsala University

Stephanie Öner, researcher, lecturer in hate crime and criminal law: The Austrian Law to Combat Online-Hate

Michaela Čejka Dvořáková, Researcher, legal expert on image‑based sexual abuse

Richard Thompson, Deputy Director of the Online Policy Unit and Research, Information and Communications Unit at UK Home Office

Cristiania Carletti, Professor focusing on international organizations, human rights, and peace and security measures

Veronika Řídelová, Program Manager for the Bright Sky app to address domestic violence, Vodafone Czech Republic

Phedra Neel, Policy advisor to the Belgian State Secretary for Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities and Diversity

Alexander Schäfer, Head of division for Telecommunication and Media Law, Protection against Digital Violence, ePrivacy at the German Federal Ministry of Justice

Phoebe Crowder, Global digital programmes director-domestic abuse

Johanna Nejedlová, Director, Konsent

Lukas Henseleit, Co-Founder NGO Digital Dignity

Emma Holten, Founder of CONSENT organisation, feminist activist and gender policy consultant

Iris Luarasi, President of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)

Monika Hanych, Legal expert on human rights, freedom of expression & online hate speech

PROGRAMME

10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and introduction

Klára Šimáčková Laurenčíková, Government Commissioner for Human Rights, Czech Republic

Irena Moozová, European Commission, Director for Equality and Union Citizenship (DG JUST)

Karel Dvořák, Deputy Minister of Justice, Czech Republic

10:30 – 11:45 Analysis of gender-based cyber-violence

Eleonora Esposito, Researcher, European Institute for Gender Equality

Tuija Saresma, Researcher, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, expert on sexist hate speech

Lisa Kaati, Researcher, Stockholm University 

Josefina Erikson and Cecilia Josefsson, Associate professors, Uppsala University

Michaela Čejka Dvořáková, Researcher, legal expert on image‑based sexual abuse

11:45  12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 14:15 Policy framework for combating gender-based cyber-violence

Iris Luarasi, President of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)

Stephanie Öner, Researcher, lecturer in hate crime and criminal law: The Austrian Law to Combat Online-Hate

Phedra Neel, Policy advisor to the Belgian State Secretary for Gender Equality, Equal Opportunities and Diversity

Alexander Schäfer, Head of division for Telecommunication and Media Law, Protection against Digital Violence, ePrivacy at the German Federal Ministry of Justice

Richard Thompson, Deputy Director of the Online Policy Unit and Research, Information and Communications Unit at UK Home Office

Cristiania Carletti, Professor focusing on international organizations, human rights, and peace and security measures

14:15 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 – 16:00 Preventing and raising awareness about gender-based cyber-violence

Veronika Řídelová, Program Manager for the Bright Sky app to address domestic violence, Vodafone Czech Republic 

Phoebe Crowder, Global digital programmes director-domestic abuse

Johanna Nejedlová, Director, Konsent

Lukas Henseleit, Co-Founder NGO Digital Dignity

Emma Holten, Founder of CONSENT organisation, feminist activist and gender

16:00 – 16:15 Closing remarks

Hosted by Monika Hanych, Legal expert on human rights, freedom of expression & online hate speech

Biography & lecture abstracts can be viewed here.

INVITATION & CONCEPT NOTE

PROGRAMME

For further information, please see the attached programme of the conference.

PARTNERS

The event is implemented within the framework of the project of the Department of Gender Equality of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic Capacity building and methodological support in the prevention of domestic and gender-based violence. The project is co-financed by Norwegian funds.

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