The #DigitalRespect4Her Campaign is a campaign launched by the European Commission to raise awareness about online violence against women and promote good practices to tackle this issue.

An inclusive and respectful online culture for all EU citizens is a priority for the European Commission. Women should feel safe and respected online, and should be able to participate confidently in public life online without fear.

The reality is often different: online violence is spread through social media, messaging apps, online forums, video-sharing sites, or videogames. Online violence can lead to psychological, physical, sexual and economic harm. It may silence women and reduce their presence online.

Female Parliamentarians targeted with online violence often report becoming more cautious and limiting their online activities. Self-censorship is likely to restrict women’s participation in societal debates, their influence in politics, as well as undermine representative democratic processes.

Tackling Online Violence Against Women

The European Commission is playing its part in tackling the challenge: from legislation and funding, to promoting dialogues between all relevant parties - industry, civil society, policy-makers, academia, and others - to make the online environment a better place for all.

Everyone can share their story and support the campaign on social media through #DigitalRespect4Her.

Resources to support the Campaign

A number of resources have been produced for widespread use throughout the duration of the campaign:

Download the #DigitalRespect4Her factsheet in your language:

BG | CSDE | DAEL | EN | ES | ET | FI | FR | GA | HR | HU | IT | LT | LV | MTNL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | SV

You can read the joint statement of the Commissioners endorsing the campaign, follow it via the Twitter accounts of Commissioner Gabriel and Commissioner Jourová, and through the testimonies listed below.

Also, you can learn more on the campaign by reading the blog article of Claire Bury, Deputy Director General of DG Connect at the European Commission.

Testimonies

The testimonies are communicated by the authors in their own name. They do not constitute an opinion of the European Commission nor endorsement by the European Commission.

  • Jessikka Aro

    Jessikka Aro is an award-winning investigative reporter with the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

  • Lucile Bellan

    Lucile Bellan is a freelance journalist.

  • Nora Bouazzouni

    Nora Bouazzouni is a freelance journalist, author and translator, currently living in Paris, France.

  • Anna Maria Corazza Bildt

    Anna Maria Corazza Bildt is a Member of the European Parliament.

  • Thordis Elva

    Thordis Elva is an author and activist.

  • Daphne Caruana Galizia

    Daphne Caruana Galizia was a Maltese journalist, who often wrote about misogyny and violence against women.

  • Evelyne Gebhardt

    Evelyne Gebhardt is the Vice-President of the European Parliament.

  • Eva Kaili

    Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament, Head of the Hellenic S&D Delegation since 2014.

  • Silvana Koch-Mehrin

    Silvana is the President and Founder of the Women Political Leaders (WPL), the worldwide network of female Politicians.

  • Jana Maláčová

    Jana Maláčová is Minister of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic

  • Marion Marschalek

    Marion Marschalek is a Security Researcher at Intel Corporation, working on microarchitectural security. In 2015, Marion started a hacker bootcamp for women titled BlackHoodie.

  • Flavia Marzano

    Flavia Marzano is City Councillor for Roma Semplice

  • Joanna Maycock

    Joann Maycock is the Secretary General of the European Women's Lobby since 2014.

  • Mairead McGuinness

    Mairead McGuinness is the Vice-President of the European Parliament.

  • Gwendolyn Sterk

    Gwendolyn Sterk is an activist and campaigner

  • Aslihan Tekin

    Aslıhan Tekin is legal and policy adviser on EU law and affairs in different capacities including gender equality, social policies and rights.