The Philippine government has practically ratified all international instruments that are relevant in promoting and protecting women and girls rights and has enacted laws that aim to protect women from various forms of violence. Despite the existence of these laws, there is a significant imbalance in practice and customary laws that discriminate women resulting in the violation of their human rights.
In the context of the new and fast developing ICTs, the most evident cases so far of violence committed against women and young girls are privacy rights resulting in the illicit production and distribution of private and intimate activities. The violation of their privacy rights comes in the form of sex-video scandals via telephony and internet. Although there are no available studies on how other forms of violence such as stalking or sexual harassment and even direct threats are figuring as VAW via mobile phones, it can be said that it is happening on a daily basis to women and girls.
The increasing trend of cyber-sex intertwined with cyber-pornography and cyber-prostitution run by criminal syndicates are victimising innocent and vulnerable women and girls. These concerns are also intricately linked to other forms of violations such as trafficking and discrimination and need further study. In cyberspace, defining direct harm to women and girls is a contentious issue and there is insufficient information available to elicit serious attention and action from the government.