Gender-based violence is hate speech, hate speech is not free speech

Bosnia and Herzegovina

From the EuroDIG 2013 (European Dialogue on Internet Governance) at the Council of Europe in Sarajevo on 21 June 2013, a platform for remote participation from Lisbon was organised by Foundation OneWorldSEE (owpsee) in cooperation with the Office of the Council of Europe.

Tweets for Women: Reflections on Challenging Misogyny Online

Digital feminist activists have been following closely a campaign to demand clearer and more effective Twitter policies on sexually violent tweets.

Tweetup on #OrangeDay and say NO to violence against women & girls in cyberspace

Violence against women & girls is perpetrated in various ways online. At the same time, technology can offer critical tools to access services and to fight against VAW & girls.

Women’s rights and threats to online freedom: reflections from the Freedom Online Conference 17 to 18 June 2013

DRC

From 17 to 18 June 2013 I took part in the conference on online freedom known as Freedom Online. This conference, carrying the same name of the coalition behind it, highlighted the continent in which it was hosted.

#fbrape is about gender-based hate speech, not about censorship

On May 21 more than a hundred organisations lead by Women, Action & the Media, the journalist Soraya Chemaly, and The Everyday Sexism Project started a campaign to Take action to end gender-based violence on Facebook.

Transparency and accountability: Finding points of agreement following the #fbrape campaign

Last month a coalition of women’s organisations led a campaign to hold Facebook accountable for its content policy. In particular, how it deals with hateful speech and representations of gender-based violence shared by its users. In response, freedom of expression advocates have expressed concern and criticism over the precedent set by demands for Facebook to remove hateful content from its site.

How women around the world are taking part in combating gender-based hate speech on Facebook

Sexist, gender-based violent speech is a norm today. Sign in, check your home page and somewhere on that or over the timeline you’ll be linked to a page or a photo which only serves to demean the existence of woman. What’s worse is finding some of your friends making jokes about it. But should that be a norm too? Finding your friends making rape and other gender-based jokes? No, it’s NOT funny!

#FBrape campaign and the necessary debate

11 June 2013 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

The “Take action to end gender-based violence on Facebook” campaign, or #FBrape campaign, co-signed by the APC Women´s Rights Programme, triggered interesting, timely, and necessary debates around freedom of expression, censorship, privacy, and intermediary liability. Read the collection of GenderIT.org Feminist Talk discussions.

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The false paradox: freedom of expression and sexist hate speech

(Margarita Salas’ blog post for GenderIT.org Feminist Talk) When we talk about freedom of expression we are within the paradigm of human rights. Human rights are indivisible, interrelated and interdependent, which means that the improvement of one right facilitates advancement of the others and the deprivation of one right adversely affects the others.

Take Action To End Gender-Based Hate Speech on Facebook

Facebook has long allowed content endorsing violence against women.

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