WHRDIC urges Chinese authorities to release five young feminists

10 April 2015 (WHRDIC for APCNews)

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) calls on Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chairman Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to immediately and unconditionally ensure the release the five young women human rights defenders who were criminally detained in China after they planned events to protest sexual harassment on International Women’s Day.

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Women: Strengthening communication on the internet to improve rights

_After four years working as an advocate of sexual and reproductive rights, Lorena M., had already gathered quite an experience for the type of insults that could come across her path in meetings and public events. The tough debate with pro-life organizations and religious fundamentalists was expectable, even when a member of these organizations would pass by her on the street.

RightsCon Southeast Asia: Impacts and next steps

Philippines

Here’s sending out a big thanks to the 650 people who attended RightsCon Southeast Asia from the high caliber participants and speakers, to the stellar programming and advisory committees, to the wide array of “sponsors”:https://rightscon.org/sponsors.

“Because of the internet, I have been able to help women in Pakistan,” says blogger

Pakistan

As 2015 sees the developing world having stronger access to the internet than the developed nations, it is especially troubling that the gender gap is wider in the developing countries.

Statement: Stop defamation against the women human rights defenders of CEDEHM in Mexico

1 April 2015 (WHRDIC for APCNews)

As a member of the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition (WHRDIC), APC has signed this statement expressing serious concerns about the situation of women human rights defenders Luz Estela Castro, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Center (CEDEHM) and Irma Villanueva, Director of the Legal Department of CEDEHM in Chihuahua, México.

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Call on the government of South Africa to support the creation of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

26 March 2015 (APC for APCNews)

This week the UN Human Rights Council is expected to consider establishing a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The South African government has a unique opportunity to support this initiative and ensure that the right to privacy is accorded the international recognition and protection it deserves.

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Unlocking sexual rights and the internet

Johannesburg

On 3-5 February, the APC Women’s Rights Programme met with country partners of the Sexual Rights Project to discuss and plan activities for the year ahead. How do we organise and advocate making the links between sexual rights and internet rights?

Storify on RightsCon Southeast Asia: Protecting the open internet and defending the digital rights of its users

New publication: Building access to justice, health care and social rehabilitation for survivors in the Republic of Congo

PERGAMINO 23 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

This publication, which is especially useful for women’s rights and ICT for development organisations, UN agencies, health providers, legislators, policy makers and justice enforcement bodies, gathers the learnings and challenges identified by all actors involved in APC and AZUR Development’s project “Holding government accountable to gender-based violence in the Republic of Congo,” and reflects on the next steps to be taken in holding governments, police, health facilities and courts of law accountable in their commitments to eradicate violence against women and offer support to survivors.

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Section J: From footnotes to headlines

PERGAMINO 20 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

“In a time when there are 200 million fewer women with access to the internet, and where 98% of sexual rights activists say the internet is crucial to their work, with 51% of them facing violence and intimidation online, how would a feminist internet look?” This was the concluding remark made by APC’s Jac sm Kee to a panel at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. We invite you to walk through some highlights of the event.

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