Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 10 (IPS)

The United Nations 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 cyber-stalking are predominantly female.

Many popular social networking websites include personal information such as email addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, names of family members, and even minute-to-minute updates on a person’s location, which is useful to friends but could also act as a source of information for perpetrators of violence.

To this end, APC Women and Inter Press Service Africa are co-hosting a media roundtable entitled ‘Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online’, to discuss online Gender Based Violence and resources available to cover the issue.

“Ahead of ‘16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children’, IPS Africa is seeking to ensure that tools are available to assist reporters in covering the issue more holistically and well after the official campaign has ended,” said IPS Regional Director Paula Fray.

The event is open to South African based journalists and will be held from 9am – 12pm on Wednesday, 17 November 2010, in room 283, Dunkeld West Centre, cnr Jan Smuts Avenue and Bompas Road, Johannesburg (South Africa).

The programme includes a welcome address from the cultural attaché of Netherlands, a presentation by APC on ‘Protecting Women’s Rights Online’, findings uncovered by Media Monitoring Africa about ‘What is Not Covered in Media’ and distribution of gender reporting toolkits by IPS Africa.

In 2009, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) implemented the MDG3 project Take Back the Tech! to End Violence Against Women that includes a collaborative campaign to reclaim information and communication technologies (ICT) to end violence against women.

At the same time, Inter Press Service (IPS) launched Communicating for Change: Getting Voice, Visibility and Impact for Gender Equality with support from the Dutch MDG3 Fund, and embarked on an ambitious programme to promote the voice and visibility of women. IPS activities included hosting capacity building workshops, the creation of journalism tools and the production editorial content to raise awareness about the third Millennium Development Goal (MDG) priorities aimed at reducing violence against women, enhancing women’s economic independence and increasing participation and representation of women in politics and public administration.

Please confirm your attendance by 12 November 2010, to avawda@ips.org. Spaces are limited.

(END/2010)

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