There’s a silent crisis of online violence against women and young girls.
As people spend more time online during the COVID-19 crisis, cyber abuse is skyrocketing.
Online violence is serious. It silences girls’ voices – and it causes real and lasting harm. It robs girls of their self-esteem and causes mental and emotional stress. Nearly a quarter of girls we surveyed reported it can leave them feeling physically unsafe, with others having problems at school, with friends or family and in finding or keeping a job.
Every day, girls are physically threatened, racially abused, sexually harassed, and body shamed online. And it only gets worse when they raise their voices, leaving many to endure this violence in silence.
Plan International Australia recognises the power and potential of every single girl and young woman. As one of the most experienced organisations in our field, we know that there is nowhere in the world where girls are treated as equals, but the excessive levels of online abuse and its damaging impacts must end.
We need you to take the Digital Dangers quiz, to learn more about the damaging nature of online abuse and how it affects individuals and whole communities.
As an added incentive, if you are able to answer all the questions correctly, you’ll go into the running to win a $500 shopping voucher. So, what are you waiting for? Take a few minutes out of your day to gain some insight into the effects of online abuse experienced by girls and young women across the globe.
Plan International Australia is the charity for girls’ equality. We tackle the root causes of poverty, support communities through crisis, campaign for gender equality, and help governments do what’s right for children and particularly for girls.
We’ve been doing this for more than 80 years, but we don’t do it alone. We bring people together to create change that lasts. Children, families, local communities, government, schools, businesses, and you.
By standing with girls and empowering them to speak up, know their rights and lead, we’re working towards a better, more equal world for all.