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2018 Symposium on online and ICT-faciliated VAW | Vienna Femicide Team

September 1, 2018 — Studies, Analyses, Reports

On the 2018 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th of November), the Femicide Team of the ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office organized a symposium on cybercrimes commited against women: "Gender Inequality in the Digital Era: Addressing Online and ICT-Facilitated Violence Against Women"

Author(s) / Source: ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team


  • Moderator: Dr Martina Gredler, Soroptimist International
  • Welcoming Remarks: Dr Alfred Pritz, Rector of Sigmund Freud University
  • Gail Dines, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, President of Culture Reframed
  • Kamola Ibragimova, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Counter-Cybercrime Education
  • Dr Marie-Helen Maras, Tenured Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Jackie Jones, Professor of Feminist Legal Studies at Bristol Law School
  • Hanna Gaffney, PhD candidate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • Katharine Sarikakis, Media Governance and Industries Research Lab, University of Vienna
  • Concluding Remarks: Dr Karin Bruckmuller, Sigmund Freud University and Dr Michael Platzer, ACUNS Vienna

Short summary (Facebook)

"Fascinating Symposium at Sigmund Freud University, cosponsored by ACUNS, UNODC, Sorotopmists, African Women, and three universities.


  • from Gail Dines: Internet transformed the Porno Industry, now accessible to all including 9 year olds;
  • from Antonio Gutteres (FRA) States have an obligation to control cyber-sexual harassment;
  • from Kamola Ibragimova (UNODC) Education for Justice has 14 modules, including ICT for Law Enforcement;
  • from Maria Maras (John Jay College) law enforcement will never catch up with technology and new developments;
  • from Hannah Gaffney (Cambridge U): sub teenage girls more likely to be cyber bullies, youth know better new technologies;
  • from Max Edelbacher: weaker social classes less like to be cyber bullies.

Many other issues discussed in 3 1/2 hour discussion: privacy, Government and Commercial companies have destroyed all notions of privacy; some effects of cyberstalking long standing, even lead to suicide."