Violence against women and ICTs: Reports from 10 countries

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By APC (GenderIT)
, May 2010

Just as women are disproportionately the victims of violence worldwide, the situation is just as bad online. The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behavior, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women and come from partners or former male partners. Other surveys show that the victims of cyberstalking are predominantly female.

Just as women are disproportionately the victims of violence worldwide, the situation is just as bad online. The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women and come from partners or former male partners. Other surveys show that the victims of cyberstalking are predominantly female. As part of our Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project, APC and partners have carried out studies of the current situation of violence against women and ICTs in ten countries and how the legislation or lack of legislation connected to both hinders or helps women.

However information and communications technologies (ICT) are also being used worldwide to fight violence against women by women’s groups and other campaigners.

As part of our Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project, APC and partners have carried out studies of the current situation of violence against women and ICTs in ten countries and how the legislation or lack of legislation connected to both hinders or helps women.

Country reports on the current state of violence against women and information and communication technologies

> Argentina *
> Brazil *
> Cambodia
> Colombia *
> Congo, Democratic Republic of
> Malaysia
> Mexico (pending)
> Philippines
> South Africa
> Uganda

*The report in Spanish but there is an English language summary.

Cross-country analyses

These cross-country studies compare and contrast the findings from country reports in each region:
> Africa (pending)
> Asia Cambodia, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines
> Latin America Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia

Photo by John Fraissinet. Used with permission under Creative Content license 3.0.

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