Cybercrime: What’s gender got to do with it? A look at the evidence.

As  Judy Wajcman (2010), argues in her Feminist Theories of Technology, “technology . . . is neither inherently patriarchal nor unambiguously liberating” (p. 148), but women’s lived experience of technology frame an intrinsically gendered phenomenon. The last three decades have seen the emergence and rapid spread of access to and use of the internet and multiple forms of electronic media in Europe and elsewhere.  For good or ill, the penetration of such media into our public and private lives has inevitably expanded the field of gender-based violence. 

Like all such violence, this abuse (cybercrime involving violence against women) disproportionately affects women and girls.  The fast pace of technological innovation has meant that analysis based on a robust evidence base has been difficult to develop.  This seminar provides a briefing of headline issues based on a review of the research landscape and engages with the audience to identify implications for Scotland.

Facilitator:  Dr. Marsha Scott is Chief Executive of Scottish Women's Aid, a feminist activist, researcher and practitioner and has advocated, volunteered, researched, and worked in the violence against women sector in the United Kingdom, the United States and Europe for 30 years. Prior to taking up post at SWA in April 2015, Marsha worked for 10 years at West Lothian Council, where she helped set up and had strategic responsibility for the West Lothian Domestic and Sexual Assault Team.

Event typeSeminar
Time10.00am – 1.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)
VenueSWA Office, 2nd Floor, 132 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JD
Cost£35 per statutory sector delegate/£25 per voluntary sector delegate

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Staying Safe

If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

Studies estimate between 31% and 84% of women with a history of domestic abuse meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD. For the general population this is between 1.2% and 12%

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