Online harm is an urgent issue for women

Three in 10 Singaporeans have been personally affected by gender-based harm online, a recent survey found. Acts of aggression and harassment are encouraged by the veil of anonymity of the online world.

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Much work remains unfinished to do with women's rights and needs, despite this week's celebration of International Women's Day. Take the online space. More must be done to safeguard the interests of women - urgently.

When the Internet first emerged, it was hailed for the potential to overturn existing power hierarchies by democratising online participation. It was believed that online, everyone has a pulpit, including the most oppressed and marginalised of communities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2022, with the headline Online harm is an urgent issue for women. Subscribe