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Final conference of #PreventGBV celebrated in Brussels to discuss the prevention of gender-based cyberviolence

Final Conference

The Final Conference of the #PreventGBV project took place on November 3rd in Brussels. It gathered multiple professionals, experts and young people who presented and discussed different topics on the prevention of gender-based cyberviolence among young people. The event also served to disseminate the results of the project and raise awareness on this issue to multiple stakeholders who participated both in person and online.

The conference was opened by Ana María Masilla Castaño, representative of Fundación Diagrama Intervención Psicosocial, the project’s coordinating organisation, who gave a brief overview of the project’s aims and achievements thus far.

Eleonora Espósito, Seconded National Expert at the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and Researcher at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) of the University of Navarra, was then welcomed onto stage to provide an overview on the current state of research and policies regarding gender-based cyberviolence in the EU. After a small break, representatives from the partner entities jointly gave presentations of the work they had conducted in their respective countries within the project’s framework.

These presentations were then followed by a roundtable with participation from Elisa García Mingo, Professor at the University Complutense of Madrid, and Renée Pattyn, a researcher at the Institute for International Research in Criminal Policy (IRCP), Ghent University. Both participants informed attendees of their research into the particular topic of gender-based cyberviolence. The two participants were then joined on stage by the first speaker, Eleonora Espósito, to answer questions from the conference attendees.

Afterwards, Maria João Leote de Carvalho, Researcher at the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities (Portugal), joined the conference via Zoom to give a presentation on juvenile delinquency and cyberviolence. This was then followed by a roundtable discussion, involving young people who had been involved in the project, highlighting their experiences and elevating their voices.

The conference then split into three workshops focused on gender-based cyberviolence and juvenile justice, sexual cyberviolence and hate speech against women online, and cyber control and boundaries online. After 45 minutes of discussion, aided by experts, the conference came together to share each of the ideas brought up in the sessions.

The event was concluded by Alex Ursulescu in representation of the conference organiser, the project partner Centrul pentru Promovarea Învăţării Permanente (CPIP). Overall, the conference had a very positive reception of its attendants, and succeeded in its many aims, including disseminating its results and strengthening a network across the EU of stakeholders driven to tackling this issue.

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