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#Hatespeech: Combating gender-based hate speech, harassment and violence against women

Date: October 6, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 2:00 pm
Location: DOGA
Address: Hausmannsgate 16, Oslo
Where: Oslo, Norway
RSVP: Please email 

With the growth of social media and the internet, we are witnessing a renaissance of misogyny and digital havens for those who hate and harass women and girls.

How can we best increase our knowledge and understanding of the causes, consequences and mechanisms of such hate speech and how do we best combat it?

LDO is hosting a follow-up conference to our successful event at this year’s annual UN session on the status of women. At the conference, you will hear speakers from Norway and the US talk about various aspects and forms of gender-based hate speech from both an academic and activist perspective.

A light meal and beverages will be served. Please inform us in your registration if you need an interpreter for sign language, or have special dietary needs.

The conference is in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy. It is free of charge and will be held in English. The moderator will translate contributions from the audience when necessary. We encourage the audience to prepare questions for the panelists, and to share with us knowledge and experiences with best practices in the fight against gender-based hate speech.


8:30-9:00 — Registration

9:00-9:10 — Opening Remarks by Sunniva Orstavik, The Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud

9:10-9:20 — Presentation of Speakers and Event by Ronald Craig, Senior Advisor at the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud

9:20-9:50 — What is Hate? Hate as a Social and Cultural Phenomenon by John Shuford, Founder of Hate Studies Policy Research Center and Faculty Member at Portland State University

9:50-10:00 — Questions

10:00-10:10 — Pause

10:10-10:40 — Gender-Based Hate S;each in Online Games and Among Gamers by Kristine Ask, Assistant Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

10:40-10:50 — Questions

10:50-11:20 — Combatting Gender-Based Hate Speech on Facebook; The Importance of Activism by Jamia Wilson, Executive Director of Women, Action, and the Media

11:20-11:30 — Questions

11:30-12:15 — Lunch

12:15-12:45 — Gender-Based Hate Speech — A Threat to Democracy by Aina Landsverk Hagen, Researcher, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

12:45-12:55 — Questions

13:00-14:00 — Panel Discussion moderated by Ronald Craig