The Internet and technology have provided people with various opportunities in their personal and public spaces. However there are also many instances of their design having enabled structural violence against women and marginalized communities online.

Laws and policies related to the internet, technology and online gender based violence would also be instrumental in regulating and addressing such issues. Body & Data has analyzed Nepal’s existing laws surrounding online gender based violence to assess their sufficiency/effectiveness in addressing the issue. We have analyzed these laws from the perspective of digital rights3 with a focus on gender and sexuality. We have also explored how the laws could impact or benefit women and other marginalized communities
when they face online violence. We have used freedom of expression, right to privacy and the right to be free from violence as three human rights lenses to put these laws into a framework of study. We conclude with some recommendations for concerned stakeholders in order to make the implementation of these laws more effective.

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