APCNews 127 – Violence against women and ICTs

APCNews – August 23 2010 – Year XI Issue 127
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
How much privacy are women willing to give up to protect themselves from abusive behaviour online? Do national laws protect citizens who are being blackmailed into staying in a violent relationship because someone close to them has intimate photographs or video clips? These are some of the questions examined in the latest edition of Gender-Centred the gender and technology bulletin from GenderIT.org. GenderIT.org is an initiative of the APC women´s programme running since 2003. The www.genderIT.org website has just been relaunched with more spaces for commentary from readers.


Democratic Republic of the Congo: Two sides of the same ICT coin

NEW YORK (Mavic Cabrera-Balleza for GenderIT.org) – APC´s gender and ICT policy site GenderIT.org speaks with Sylvie Niombo and Françoise Mukuku, ICT activists from the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They discuss the internet, mobile phones and how they are being used in their countries to reduce incidence of violence against women and how conversely they aggravate violence and lead to violation of privacy laws. They also explain why access to ICTs is critical for the achievement of the third Millennium Development Goal on women´s empowerment.

South Africa: Privacy and domestic violence online and off

JOHANNESBURG (Esther Nasikye and Sally-Jean Shackleton for GenderIT.org) – While women’s rights activists have been at the forefront of making the private crimes that occur at home – domestic violence, marital rape – public, new technologies are making the private public in ways that disenfranchise, alienate and violate women. Esther Nasikye and Sally-Jean Shackleton explore how ICTs, privacy and domestic violence in South Africa are exposing problems in both policy and practice.

Technology, privacy and violence against Argentinian women

BUENOS AIRES (Florencia Goldsman with Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org) – A recent consultation held by APC in Buenos Aires found that cell phones are becoming increasingly regarded as a way for men to harrass and monitor their wives and girlfriends. While a number of laws protecting women’s rights have just been passed, they are yet to be tested in court. This GenderIT.org article looks at the current legislation regarding violence and technology, the gaps that exist and what grass-roots organisations are advocating for.

ICTs and violence against women: Reports from 12 countries tell it like it is

MONTEVIDEO (APC for APCNews) – 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 twelve countries and how the legislation or lack of legislation connected to both hinders or helps women.



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