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Forum on Cyber-Harassment

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, in partnership with Senator Josefina Vázquez Mota, who presides over the Mexican Senate’s committee on the rights of the child, will host a three-part forum on cyber-harassment and the use of technology in gender violence and gender-related crimes. The purpose of the forum is to understand the root causes of technology-assisted gender-based violence and explore the legislative, civil society, and private sector actions that can help mitigate cyber-harassment.

Date & Time

Mar. 20, 2023
1:00pm – 5:00pm ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


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The summit will feature insights from a broad range of actors from across the world to inform the audience of successful strategies and best practices and efforts that have not proved fruitful in the fight against technology-assisted gender-based violence.

The first panel will include policymakers and experts who have worked on initiatives, policies, and public programs to address cyber-harassment. They will assess the feasibility and efficacy of distinct policies and offer experiential and scholarly insights on the policy options for preventing technology-assisted gender- based violence.

  • Elvia Marcela Mora Arellano,Mexican Senator
  • Raúl de Jesús Elenes Anglulo, Mexican Senator
  • Luz Patricia Mejía, Technical Secretary, MESECV, OAS 
  • Moderator: Lila Abed, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute

The second panel will focus on civil society programs and on the activism that has shed light on the urgent need to reduce gender-based violence in cyberspace. This panel will chart the history of the issue and the watershed cases that have led to improved protection mechanisms for those who are most vulnerable to gender-motivated aggression online. It will also outline programmatic and procedural deficiencies and the challenges and opportunities for improvemen

  • Charlotte Laws, Author and Public Speaker 
  • Olimpia Coral Melo, Mexican Activist 
  • Eduardo Cruz Moguel, President and founder, Organización PAS 
  • Emanuel Resendiz, Coordinator, GENDES 
  • Moderator: Beatriz García Nice, Project Lead, Gender-Based Violence Project 

The final panel will convene members of the private sector who are working to address and eradicate cyber-harassment from their online platforms. Corporate representatives will discuss the strides and efforts – but also the limitations they face – to address the issue.

  • Cindy Southworth, Global Head of Women's Safety, Meta 
  • Ana DeSaracho, Director, Public and Regulatory Affairs, Telefónica Movistar México 
  • Krizia Delgado, Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager, Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean, Google
  • Moderator: Kellee Wicker, Director Science and Technology Innovation Program, Wilson Center

Hosted By

Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more

Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Science and Technology Innovation Program

The Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) serves as the bridge between technologists, policymakers, industry, and global stakeholders.  Read more

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