Feminists in International Politics: Crimes Against Women in Cyberspace in the Era of Globalization

Socialization through social networks has become a pastime for independent, educated, and independent, modern 21st-century women. Social networking websites help users make new virtual friends and the possibility to reunite with old friends and family. Most female users take advantage of this new way of socializing as a stress reliever. The needy users, tips, and even their mood swings with their virtual also became an emotional comfort zone for them by writing on the walls of some group/community forums or their friends’ profile walls. Even though social networking sites have opened wide for socializing, they have also opened floodgates for various crimes against women in cyberspace. It is unfortunate that even though the European Union (EU) Convention on Cybercrime has strict rules to control related content, child pornography and the identity of identities that are believed by e-commerce to have proliferated. World leaders who are part of the EU convention never cast women in cyberspace as a big problem like child pornography or hacking. Therefore, women who become victims remain a secondary concern for all developed countries that understand cyberspace. This void strongly reflects the identity of the crime that oversees women’s websites on social websites. (Jaishankar, 2009) 

Women usually have negative feelings before committing self-defeating actions such as guilt, anger, and frustration, so they realize that self-harm is a taboo subject. This makes them feel socially isolated. They know that their self-injurious gestures don’t look good and are embarrassed that they can’t solve their problems. Self-mutilation is often experienced in solitude and creates a feeling of isolation and not completely normal. Four respondents said they have a small social network. Therefore, they do not have the privilege of being heard by their relatives which causes them to be marginalized. New technologies allow for breaking the boundaries of physical or real identities, and in this changing space, individuals form new relationships and networks, navigating new identities, and often, multiple identities. This identity becomes important for understanding social relationships in cyberspace, and as a result, relationships that can become violent and unfavorable. Anonymity and the foray into new self-expression and self-reliance inherent in new technology are new spaces for information access, empowerment, and solidarity. At the same time, this characteristic is related to the online space allowing perpetrators of violence against women to escape. Since cyber identity and physical identity may not necessarily overlap, the former is not necessarily bound by the same social context or rules that the latter may enforce. Protection of women’s right to information and communication emphasizes the need to balance self-expression with attention to protection from exploitation. While there is no doubt that policies are needed to deal with online violence, the boundaries of state involvement in implementing such protections are critical. While the government should be able to prosecute those involved in violence against women, the right to public scrutiny, without adequate grounds is likely to violate women’s privacy. The obligation of the state to intervene and prosecute violence when it occurs online should not be grounds for Internet surveillance. Thus, the policy approach needs to recognize the public, political and personal rights of women, especially in the context of violence against women. (Boukemidja, 2018) 

In the era of modern globalization, there is still a rapid increase in information and technological innovation, mainly because the overall respect for women in our modern society has decreased, and many people are also unable to cope with the fact that even someone posting (post) online is being committed as a crime. Cybercrime against women remains a minor problem. This brings us to the main area where social progress is needed, people need to recognize and recognize the rights of others. We must learn to avoid interfering with the private lives of others and to increase respect for women in society. All of this can only be achieved until young people are taught to respect women from a young age and to use the Internet and computers with proper monitoring and understanding of what is right and what is right and wrong. Therefore, changing the law is not only more stringent but also improvements in the education system is very important to fight cybercrime against women in this era of globalization. These improvements cannot occur from within a cultural block, but individuals, countries, and non-governmental organizations, etc. will work together to bring about these reforms. Therefore, it is difficult for women to enter the political sphere even at the international level due to things such as cyber harassment, cyberstalking, cyber pornography, and cyber defamation. This prevents women from taking part in domestic and international politics.  


Boukemidja, N. B. (2018). Cyber Crimes against Women: Qualification and Means. European Journal of Social SciencesVol. 1(3), 34-44. https://dx.doi.org/10.26417/ejss.v1i3.p34-44 

Jaishankar, D. H. (2009). Cyber socializing and victimization of women. The Journal on Victimization, Human Rights and Gender, Vol. 12(3),  5-26. http://doi.org/10.2298/TEM0903005H 

21 thoughts on “Feminists in International Politics: Crimes Against Women in Cyberspace in the Era of Globalization

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