Panos media monitoring initiative looks at trends in gendered online violence

South Asia Check / June 9, 2022

Since October 2021, Panos South Asia has been monitoring the Nepali media sphere with special focus on hate speech targeted at politically active women on social media.

With the year 2022 being the election year in Nepal—local elections were held on May 13, and provincial and federal elections are expected in a few months—PSA studied trends in gendered online violence against women in politics and women aspiring to join politics. It looked at how gendered misinformation and disinformation impact women and society.

A team of Panos media monitors studied major national dailies, weeklies, news websites, and television programs for misogynistic content and hate speech. The team shared its findings through a report published in Kathmandu in March. The report “Analysis of Gendered Violence in Media against Women in Politics in Nepal” highlights the use of misogynistic content on Facebook and Twitter and to a lesser degree in mainstream media. Panos has shared the report with representatives from media, civil society, and political parties, through workshops in Kathmandu, Dhangadhi, Butwal, Janakpur, Chitwan, Bharatpur and Biratnagar.

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