Research Report Launch

HER Internet hosted the launch of our report on a research study conducted all over Uganda to determine the experiences of lesbians, bisexual and queer (LBQ) womxn and Female sex workers (FSW) with violence in online spaces as part our contribution to build an evidence base to support collective advocacy efforts for the LGBTQ and sex work communities.

We are very happy to share with you the research report titled “The trends and impact of technology-assisted violence among Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer Womxn and Female sex workers in Uganda.” The increasingly rapid technological advances have created new possibilities for the criminal misuse of ICTs. It is therefore important to interrogate how far the harm goes, the avenues of access to justice for these violations and what LBQ womxn and FSW needs are in this regard.

Technology intersects with virtually every aspect of our daily lives. In a survey involving service providers who provide services to victims of GBV, 97% indicated that victims who seek their services were being harassed, monitored and/or threatened by perpetrators misusing technology.

Understanding the impact of abusers’ misuse of technology, the types of technology misused, and the ways in which technology can be used to assist survivors is therefore crucial to providing survivor support. While harassment, threats and intimidation are not new tactics in the world of stalking, domestic and sexual violence, abusers are increasingly using technology as a means to monitor, harass, threaten, intimidate, impersonate and stalk their victims, making it difficult for survivors to find physical safety and eroding their sense of safety.