[Stockholm, 5 December 2017, News from our member the Swedish Women’s Lobby]
On the 5th of December the Swedish Women’s Lobby arranged a seminar about how to protect children from exposure to pornography together with the women’s shelter organization Unizon.
In recent years, pornography has become more violent than ever. Today, mainstream pornography illustrates sexual assault, humiliation, insults and physical violence against women. The increasingly abusive nature of pornography, along with its availability, hinder work to prevent male violence against women and to reach gender equality.
In the light of the #metoo movement the Swedish Women’s Lobby and Unizon arranged a seminar about the impact of pornography on children and young adults, sexual abuse and violence. Methods to increase an environment free from pornography were presented by John Carr, advisor to the British government and active in the work for children’s rights and internet security.
Great Britain is a forerunner in coming up with new methods to increase gender equality online. With obligatory opt in filters and age verification at porn sites, children are protected from exposure to pornography and sexual violence.