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Writer, journalist and activist Thordis Elva awoke to the reality of online abuse when she served as chairman of Iceland's only women's shelter, where victims felt they couldn't leave their abusers due to threats of digital violence. After years of violence prevention work in the offline realm, which included shaping national policy, she organised an awareness-raising campaign about image-based sexual abuse online. Her lecture tour Permanently Naked: What You Need to Know About Image-Based Sexual Abuse attracted over 18,000 guests in three countries, underpinning her nomination as Woman of the Year 2015 in Iceland. She has spoken about the role of digital media in furthering gender equality at the UN and the Nordic Council of ministers, and has contributed to anthologies about image-based sexual abuse. In 2019, Thordis Elva was the keynote speaker at two of Europe's largest conferences about digital rights (Safer Internet Forum, and Click Off Cyber Violence).
Journalist, editor and writer Milla Mølgaard worked for 12 years at newspaper Politiken, where she frequently covered topics such as online abuse, digital rights, LGBTQI and democratic issues, reporting on some of the most high profile cases in the country and elsewhere. She is the author of two books about online sexual abuse and the way it impacts victims (Delt, 2019), as well as a guidebook for parents (Min teenager deler da ikke nögenbilleder, 2020), giving public speeches and workshops on both. In 2020, Milla received a grant to record and release a podcast in eight episodes about image-based sexual abuse and the internet.
Laywer, lecturer and researcher Moa Bladini specialises in criminal law and criminal procedure law. Her many research projects include The Report Hatred and Threats Online - a Survey of the Legal Regulation in the Nordic Countries, on behalf of NIKK and the Nordic Council of Ministers. She is currently participating in the comparative project GENHA Hate Speech, Gender, Social Networks and Political Parties within the programme Justice Programme (JUST) Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC). In 2020-2022, she will contribute to the project Rape or consent? Effects of the new rape legislation on legal reasoning and practice. As a senior lecturer at the University of Göteborg, Moa teaches criminal law and criminal procedure law, where she focuses on evidence and gender perspectives.
Emma Holten is an online human rights activist and (as of January 2021) works part-time as a political consultant at the Danish Women's Council. After being a victim online image based abuse in 2011, she became aware of the pitfalls of structural oppression and gendered violence, online and offline. This led to the activist project CONSENT, which became a viral success. She has delivered keynotes at the Conference on the status of Women at the UN, The Next Web, TEDxVienna and Point Festival, among many others. Holten sits on the board of the Digitalt Ansvar foundation, which advocates for the rights of victims of digital violence. She was born in 1991 and lives in Copenhagen.
María Rún Bjarnadóttir
María Rún Bjarnadóttir is a lawyer, academic and policy adviser. Her doctoral research at the University of Sussex is focused on the interaction between freedom of expression and privacy in the online context, and the impact technology has on states´ role to uphold the protection of these fundamental rights. María has over 12 years of experience in policy engagement on a national, European and International level. Recent commissioned work includes a criminal reform bill for the Icelandic Government aimed at protecting sexual privacy online. She has given talks on her research on gendered online abuse at the United Nations HQ in Geneva and New York, and her work been cited in news outlets like Wired and BBC. María is the chair of the Council of Europe Expert Committee on Combating Hate Speech (ADI/MSI-DIS), where she serves as Gender Rapporteur, and sits on the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion (CDADI).
By combining gender equality, communication and advocacy, Ida Östensson has played an important role in the Swedish public debate for years. She has founded several organisations that focus on gender equality, including the Make Equal Foundation, that develops and implements solution-oriented methods to improve equality in Sweden. In 2013 she was one of the initiators of the Fatta Movement, fighting to make consent a basic requirement in sexual offence legislation and practice. Ida also started #killmiddag (#guytalk) as a way to get boys and men to take responsibility for sexual violence, starting with themselves. She has received several awards for her work such as “Super Communicator of the Year”, “BRIS Award Winner of the Year” and “People’s Educator of the Year”.