Gender & ICTs

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

MONTEVIDEO 17 August 2010 (APC for APC)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jfraissi/4286109087 - John Fraissinethttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jfraissi/4286109087 – 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”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/jfraissi/4286109087

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Engendering a Philippine Action Plan to Address EVAW Consultation Workshop

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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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Progressive techies declare their rights - and responsibilities

MONTEVIDEO 2 August 2010 (Kah for APCNews)

At the United States Social Forum on June 24 fifty politically progressive technologists came together for the first US Progressive Techie Congress. The Congress emerged with a statement applauded by other socially-responsible networks like the APC as “a great set of principles”.

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Legislation against cyber crimes in Cambodia being created

Calgary

“After an increasing number of the use of telephone/digital camera to traffic image of women (nude) without their consent, the Cambodian government this week starts to discuss the creaton of a legislation against cyber crimes,” wrote Chim Manavy of the Open Institute to the APC.

Talks began on 13 July 2010 about the creation of a legislation against cyber crimes that would include such acts of

Cambodia announces observation centre to end violence against women

CALGARY 12 July 2010 (LC for APCNews)

As part of its plan to bring an end to violence against women in the country, Cambodia’s Ministry of Women’s Affairs will set up a Gender Issues Observatory, the first of its kind in the country. According to the Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr. Ing Kanthaphavi, the centre will study the challenges that Cambodian women face to prevent further violence.

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South Africa and online pornography: Bill sets off alarm bells in women's movement

JOHANNESBURG 6 July 2010 (Sally-Jean Shackleton for APCNews)

A draft Bill proposing a ban on sexual content on the internet and cellphones submitted to the South African Department of Home Affairs in May 2010 claims to have the best interests of women and children in mind but has set alarm bells ringing in the women’s movement. “The Bill equates women with children –taking a protectionist approach to the rights of women— and promotes state censorship,” says Sally-Jean Shackleton, director of Women’sNet, a feminist technology organisation based in Johannesburg.

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Justifiable protection or entrenching patriarchy? Pornography and the internet in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG 6 July 2010 (Sally-Jean Shackleton for GenderIT.org)

A draft Bill proposing a ban on sexual content on the internet and cellphones submitted to the South African Department of Home Affairs in May 2010 claims to have the best interests of women and children in mind. The Bill was submitted to the Department, which oversees the Film and Publications Board, by a non-profit organisation called Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA).

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Special FAO online forum to discuss gender, ICTs and rural livelihoods

CAPE TOWN 5 July 2010 (Jennifer Radloff for APC Africa Women)

From 5 – 16 July 2010, a special online forum being hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization’s e-agriculture.org initiative, and will discuss the issues surrounding gender, ICTs and rural livelihoods. The forum will also be moderated by the APC’s Jennifer Radloff as part of the Gender, agriculture and rural development in the information society. (GenARDIS) project. Join e-agriculture and GenARDIS for this forum, which will look at what has and has not worked, good practices, as well as the critical area of capacity building and what can be done to empower men and women to play a bigger role in ICTs for agriculture and rural development.

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