Gender & ICTs

APC: "Gay Girl in Damascus" needs to Man Up

16 June 2011
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The recent revelation that the Syrian blogger activist “Gay Girl in Damascus” was actually “Straight American Man in Scotland” Tom MacMaster sent ripples through international media circles and left deep scars in the LGBTI community.

But why is this hoax so potentially harmful?

It comes down to identity and rights.

Gay Girl in Damascus is really a man

So it turns out Gay Girl in Damascus, the “woman” who stole our hearts with tales of her repression in Syria, is really a man.

APC Workshop at CIVICUS Global Assembly

Date and time: 
Sep 10 2011 - Sep 12 2011
Related projects: 
Take Back the Tech!

Organisers

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APC WNSP

The CIVICUS Global Assembly will focus on the essential role of civil society in global decision-making.

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Location: 
Quebec, Montreal, Canada

3rd Feminist tech Xchange - Colombia

Date and time: 
May 25 2011 - May 27 2011

Venue

Country: 
Colombia
Related projects: 
Feminist Tech Exchange

Organisers

Other- name of organisation: 
Colnodo

Participants are 12 women from women’s rights organisations in Bogota and their main activity will be the production of 3 short videos to help them create awareness on violence against women and ICTs.

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Members Involved: 
Colnodo

Take Back the Tech

ENRICH Magazine, Manila, Philippines
Take Back the Tech
06 June 2011

As the country with the highest amount of Facebook users in the world, the Philippines are becoming increasingly tech savvy. But cases of cyber-harassment and cyber-stalking are now on the rise in the country and in the entire world. Kara Santos lists tips that women and girls can use to stay safe online.

View the article pages 1 , 2 , 3

Human Rights Council: Oral statement by APC on violence against women

By Joy Liddicoat (June 2011, APC )
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APC successfully hosts event on freedom of expression -- sandwiches were delicious.

To the best of my knowledge there were no casualties.

Today APC hosted its event at the Human Rights Council’s 17th session. The event, which focused on freedom of expression on the internet, featured speakers from across the world — including special guest Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression.

Equal access to the internet can counter discrimination against women, says UN report

KUALA LUMPUR 3 June 2011 (JK for GenderIT.org)

Efforts to mitigate violence against women online can backfire explains a report presented at the UN Human Rights Council. APC covered women’s issues and the internet at the HRC in a special edition of the policy and gender bulletin GenderIT.org.

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Strategic use of ICTs breaks the silence on violence against women and girls in Busia District.

Busia, Uganda

Like in many communities of Uganda wife battering, marital rape, denial of love, defilement, grabbing of widows properties, early and forced marriage, forced prostitution, defilement, sexual harassment, widow inheritance and other forms of violence against women (VAW) seem to be normal practices in the rural communities of Busia District.

Women and girls suffer quietly because according to t

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