10 inspiring initiatives fighting online political violence against women in Latin America

Barbara Paes

Online violence against women in politics in Latin America is becoming more and more frequent, affecting women’s right to participate in democracy. In countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and many others, female politicians are attacked on social media platforms in attempts to undermine their political legitimacy, for reasons associated with their gender.

A growing number of initiatives have been undertaken to fight against this concerning trend. This blog post (which is by no means an exhaustive list!) lists just a few examples of the inspiring work being done in the region.

At the end, we’ve included a list of initiatives offering hands-on emergency digital security support in the region as well. 


Cielito Saravia from Internet Bolivia wrote this guide to help women in politics identify harassment and political violence online and to strengthen their defence capabilities against digital attacks. Internet Bolivia also has an interactive guide to support women who are suffering tech facilitated gender based violence, and a guide focusing on digital security for women politicians in office


In Chile, where 67% of women candidates receive violent messages during campaigns, #TomaPartido published a digital security guide, written by Paz Peña, that takes a feminist approach for people and organisations facing digital political violence. The guide offers information about some of the most common attacks as well as practical steps for improving digital security. It’s available in Spanish and Portuguese.


In Colombia, where recent legislation was created to fight political violence against women, Fundación Karisma has been doing research to define digital violence against women politicians in the country and understand its consequences for their work and life. In this publication, they offer recommendations for political movements on how to navigate digital violence against women in politics.


Central America and the Dominican Republic

Ipandetec, an organisation working in Central America and the Dominican Republic has done research monitoring online gender based violence against women in politics in Panama, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica. They also run Seguras En Línea, a project aiming to mitigate digital gender violence in Central America and the Dominican Republic.

Fundación Acceso is working in Central America to promote digital security and holistic protection for organisations and people defending human rights. With Observatorio Centroamericano de Seguridad Digital, they’ve been analysing digital security incidents of human rights defenders and organisations in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, showing that violence against women human rights defenders is pervasive in the region.

Research covering Latin America 

In 2022, the Alianza Regional por la libre expresión e información conducted an extensive qualitative study on online gender violence towards women with a public voice in Latin America and its impact on freedom of expression. They gathered cases from women in Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, México, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Support lines for digital security emergencies

If you need hands-on, emergency digital security support, there are a number of initiatives that can help you. Here are some of them:

  • Acoso.Online has an online emergency repository sharing direct access to different materials with information on how to proceed in the face of gender based violence online.
  • Internet Bolivia has an active support line available for women, teenage girls, journalists, women in politics and activists, LGBTIQ+ persons who need support navigating gender based violence in digital spaces
  • Hiperderecho created Tecnoresistencias, a space for women, dissent, diversity, and activists who resist gender violence on the internet.
  • Vita Activais a helpline providing online support and strategic solutions for women and LGBTIQ+ journalists, activists and gender, land and labour rights, and freedom of expression defenders.
  • Maria D’Ajuda is the first digital security helpline run by feminists in Brazil aimed at women, non-binary people, LGBTQIAP+ and organisations in Latin America.
  • Luchadoras, in Mexico, has a helpline to support people experiencing gender-based violence online.
  • Access Now’s Digital Security Helpline works with individuals and organisations around the world to keep them safe online. 

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