More Than 16 Days: Mobile Phones and Violence Against Women

Day 8 of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: This article, originally posted on Take Back the Tech!, invites you to take one action per day to end violence against women by exploring an issue of violence against women and its interconnection with communication rights.

Mobile phones have often been forwarded as an affordable solution to enabling internet access, especially for those from developing. According to recent research, there are currently 6 million mobile subscribers worldwide, which is equivalent to 87% of the world’s population. Women aged between 35 to 54 are apparently most active in mobile socialization, and women and girls from different parts of the world are choosing to spend their money on mobile phones and services because they see the value it brings to their lives – from connecting with their community to finding out about relevant information to improving their income to engaging with public and political life.

But how is violence against women taking place through the use of mobile phones? How is this affecting our ability to access and use technology freely for our everyday needs, interactions and in the exercise of our rights? What can we do collectively to respond to these issues?


The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence. In participation with The Center for Women’s Global Leadership, The Women Worldwide Initiative is hosting a Blog Series entitled, More Than 16 Days, from the start of the Campaign on the International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence on November 25th, to Human Rights Day on December 10th with contributions from one of our Board Members, founder of Everyday Ambassador, Take Back the Tech!, Young Professionals Amnesty International (NYC), writers for the International Political Forum and young women from Women LEAD, based in post-conflict Nepal.

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