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Trauma Violence Abuse ; : 15248380231154614, 2023 Mar 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2251158

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Technology-facilitated gender-based violence (GBV) is a pervasive issue. Yet, most research focuses on high-income countries and few studies comprehensively summarize its prevalence, manifestations, and implications in the Global South. This scoping review sought to examine technology-facilitated GBV in low- and middle-income countries across Asia, specifically focusing on trends, common behaviors, and characteristics of perpetrators and survivors. A comprehensive search of peer-reviewed and gray literature published between 2006 and 2021 yielded 2,042 documents, of which 97 articles were included in the review. Across South and Southeast Asia, findings indicate that technology-facilitated GBV is a widespread phenomenon, with increased incidence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Technology-facilitated GBV comprises various forms of behaviors and prevalence varies by type of violence. Women, girls, and sexual and gender minorities, especially those with other intersecting marginalized identities, are often more vulnerable to experiencing online violence. Alongside these findings, the review revealed gaps in the literature including a lack of evidence from Central Asia and the Pacific Islands. There is also limited data on prevalence which we attribute to underreporting, in part due to disjointed, outdated, or nonexistent legal definitions. Findings from the study can be leveraged by key stakeholders such as researchers, practitioners, governments, and technology companies to develop prevention, response, and mitigation efforts.

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African Journal of Reproductive Health ; 26:15-20, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2205611

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[...]emerging digital technologies have provided immense opportunities for Africa to tackle gendered inequities in public health and to advance SRHR, but they have also elevated the risks for gender-based violence (GBV) for some population groups and launched new vistas of audacious campaigns and attacks against reproductive rights, gender equality, and sexual and gender minorities in the region. There is no better home for these papers than the African Journal of Reproductive Health (AJRH): Africa's leading outlet for robust research and evidence on public health matters and, increasingly, the go-to source on actionable SRHR evidence for policy actors in the region. [...]together, they serve the growing readership of the AJRH an exciting and nuanced menu of new evidence on issues ranging from the sexual rights of the region's elderly women and the challenges of delivering quality sexuality education to the continent's young people;through insights on an innovative SRHR research capacity program and on the challenges of SRHR in humanitarian contexts;to studies on marriage, health providers' attitudes, reproductive dynamics and outcomes, female genital mutilation, gender attitudes and the SRHR impacts of COVID-19. Comprising social scientists, economists, public health specialists, and demographers, all of whom are experts in gender, ICRW works to identify women's contributions as well as the obstacles that block them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society.

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