Gender & ICTs
The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) expresses its deep concern at the recent hacking of the website of the Latin America and Caribbean Womens Health Networks (LACWHN). The attack is emblematic of the serious threat that online harassment presents to sexual and reproductive rights activists and constitutes a violation of LACWHN‘s right to freedom of expression and association.
The second African Internet Governance Forum istarted in Nairobi, Kenya just a day after a terrorist attack was launched on this African country.
The media reported 24 hours a day from the site of the attack; Twitter hashtags were created to make sure messages related to the crisis were passed on to the masses; and Facebook ready-to-use pictures of support to Kenya were circulated.
In August, the Sixth Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Internet Governance Forum took place in Argentina and showed that women are making headway in the Latin American forum. The involvement of young women in internet governance discussions about privacy and security and freedom of expression, gender analysis remains absent.
The International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) is a network of 400 women working in television, film, radio and web-based journalism across 56 countries to overcome barriers by challenging gender-based stereotyping in the media. IAWRT Kenya chapter is partnering in “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” along with Kenya-based partner KICTAnet. APCNews interviews Racheal Nakitare, IAWRT Kenya Chair.
APC is looking for a new project coordinator for its ground-breaking Take Back the Tech! Campaign. The position is a six-month, part-time contract to organise “16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence” from 25 November to 10 December, to raise awareness about tech-related violence against women, feminist practice and politics of technology, and secure online communications for women and girls.
A mini-survey conducted by APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives in the Philippines revealed that more than half of those who have experienced some form of online violation did not do anything about it, showing that many still consider tech-related violence as trivial. To counter this situation, FMA takes action as a partner in APC’s project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online.”
One of the outcomes of APC’s project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” is to strengthen in a sustainable way the institutional capacity of women’s rights organisations to address technology related VAW. As part of this work, between January and August 2013 over 100 women’s organisations were trained in how to use technology safely through secure online communications workshops and more than 600 women and men participated in awareness raising events.
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.
Gender Based Violence project, implemented by the Open Institute, APC member in Cambodia, is nominated by an international jury of ICT experts to enter the next round of the 2013 World Summit Award (WSA) in the “e-Inclusion and Empowerment” category.
Digital feminist activists have been following closely a campaign to demand clearer and more effective Twitter policies on sexually violent tweets.