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Our Impact

From changing the law and holding tech companies accountable, to empowering and protecting Black women and marginalised communities with workshops and free resources, Glitch continues to advance our mission to end online abuse.

👉🏽 Producing groundbreaking research

One of Glitch’s proudest achievements in 2023 was the launch of a brand new piece of research: ‘The Digital Misogynoir Report: Ending the dehumanising of Black women on social media’ in July. This report was the first of its kind to highlight digital misogynoir across multiple online platforms (X formerly Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, 4Chan, Gab). The report not only highlighted the alarming prevalence of digital misogynoir but also proposed a series of calls to action for tech companies, governments, civil society, and communities which have served as a north star for Glitch’s advocacy.

The report was published to widespread acclaim – with over 100 attendees at the launch event, 517 downloads since publication, and positive feedback from other non-profits such as the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW) and Access Now, and public figures including Nova Reid, Laura Bates,, and Jess Davies, presenter and campaigner. 

👉🏽 Winning campaigns and changing law

After six years of campaigning, Glitch were successful in changing law to better address the safety of women and girls! The Online Safety Act (formerly Bill) was amended this summer to explicitly address the safety of women and girls, as a result of Glitch’s work. 2023 saw Glitch carry out extensive campaigning on this matter, delivering an awareness raising campaign with EE Hope United and obtaining over 100,000 signatures on a joint petition with EVAW to ensure women and girls’ safety is protected. Glitch continues to lead the way following the amendment and has successfully built a strong relationship with UK government regulator, Ofcom, to ensure safety measures for women and girls are implemented effectively. 

👉🏽 Mainstreaming the conversation on digital misogynoir 

Using the Digital Misogynoir Report as a steer, Glitch has strengthened existing relationships with tech corporations, including Meta and Twitter, and built new partnerships with corporations like Bumble, to advise them on how they can improve their understanding and awareness of digital misogynoir and how it occurs on their platforms. Glitch continues to build its credibility as an expert on Black women’s online safety, and some companies have even adopted our proposed Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Code of Practice for their online platforms. 

👉🏽 Engaging and mobilising civil society and communities

A thought-leader in Black women’s safety online, Glitch has engaged with a wide range of audiences in the UK and beyond. We expanded our engagement with European civil society, working in partnership with the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) delivering roundtables on AI and deepfake harms exploring routes of non criminal redress and participated in high level influencing on the EU AI Act by presenting at a civil society roundtable hosted by the Center for Democracy & Technology. Glitch had a presence at many high-level events including Vital Voices, the Internet Governance Forum, Black Tech Fest, and AI Fringe Summit. Glitch recently extended its thought leadership to the philanthropy space, hosting an insightful roundtable discussion on anti-racist giving which was attended by representatives from various funding bodies. 

Glitch has also continued empowering digital citizens, delivering workshops in digital self-defence and digital self-care for students’ association officers at the National Union of Students (NUS), providing free workshops to Black women and LGBTQ+ communities, and are in the process of booking workshops for a range of companies throughout 2024. 

2023 Annual Report

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Our Research

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How We Do It

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