Gender & ICTs

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Two sides of the same ICT coin

NEW YORK 23 August 2010 (Mavic Cabrera-Balleza for

APC´s gender and ICT policy site speaks with Sylvie Niombo and Françoise Mukuku, ICT activists from the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They discuss the internet, mobile phones and how they are being used in their countries to reduce incidence of violence against women and how conversely they aggravate violence and lead to violation of privacy laws. They also explain why access to ICTs is critical for the achievement of the third Millennium Development Goal on women´s empowerment. Photo: Françoise Mkuku helps a friend with bluetooth

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Technology, privacy and violence against Argentinian women

BUENOS AIRES 23 August 2010 (Florencia Goldsman with Flavia Fascendini for

Women in Argentina discuss ICTs and violence against women at a workshopWomen in Argentina discuss ICTs and violence against women at a workshopA recent consultation held by APC in Buenos Aires found that cell phones are becoming increasingly regarded as a way for men to harrass and monitor their wives and girlfriends. While a number of laws protecting women’s rights have just been passed, they are yet to be tested in court. This article looks at the current legislation regarding violence and technology, the gaps that exist and what grass-roots organisations are advocating for. Photo: APC WNSP

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South Africa: Privacy and domestic violence online and off

JOHANNESBURG 23 August 2010 (Esther Nasikye and Sally-Jean Shackleton for

While women’s rights activists have been at the forefront of making the private crimes that occur at home – domestic violence, marital rape – public, new technologies are making the private public in ways that disenfranchise, alienate and violate women. Esther Nasikye and Sally-Jean Shackleton explore how ICTs, privacy and domestic violence in South Africa are exposing problems in both policy and practice. Photo: “John Atherton”:

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APCNouvelles 127 – FGI, femmes et TIC en Afrique de l'Ouest

APCNouvelles 127 – FGI, femmes et TIC en Afrique de l’Ouest
APCNouvelles – 23 août – Année XI Édition 127
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APCNews 127 – Violence against women and ICTs

APCNews – August 23 2010 – Year XI Issue 127
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How much privacy are women willing to give up to protect themselves from abusive behaviour online?

The Congo Brazzaville: SMS to combat violence against women

The government and the NGOs are working hand in hand to improve the status of women in the Congo Brazzaville. Various workshops have helped develop innovative action plans to fight against violence inflicted on women.

These projects use new information technologies that facilitate communication between different actors in these programmes.

ICTs and violence against women: Reports from 12 countries tell it like it is

MONTEVIDEO 17 August 2010 (APC for APC) - John Fraissinet – John FraissinetJust as women are disproportionately the victims of violence worldwide, the situation is just as bad online. The UN 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 cyberstalking are predominantly female. As part of our Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project, APC and partners have carried out studies of the current situation of violence against women and ICTs in twelve countries and how the legislation or lack of legislation connected to both hinders or helps women. Photo by “John Fraissinet”:

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Engendering a Philippine Action Plan to Address EVAW Consultation Workshop

niversity Hotel, UP Diliman QC
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Jul 29 2010 - 1:00am - 5:00am

Afro-Colombian women fight prejudice by embracing technology

MONTEVIDEO 9 August 2010 (AL for APCNews)

On an improvised stage, locals act out a play about an African-Colombian girl who feels rejected because of the colour of her skin. It’s part of a community gathering to highlight violence against women in a small sugar-plantation town a few miles from Cali. For eight months, men and women of all ages attended workshops on gender and technology as part of piloted trials of the Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) in 24 government-sponsored telecentres. GEM exposed not only the stereotypes and prejudice women must face, but also the strengths that lie within women who least expected it. As a result, the entire community has come together.

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