Gender & ICTs
In Cambodia women are traditionally considered subordinate to men and violence a socially acceptable way to resolve domestic conflicts. Now a grassroots group has brought together the locals and police in 25 villages using education, mobile phones and ham radios to break the silence that keeps violence against women a terrible family secret as part of APC’s Take Back the Tech!
“It was an eye-opener,” says privacy advocate Gus Hosein when he talks about the findings from APC’s exploratory research on sexuality and the internet in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa, and USA. And it’s given him some good ammunition with which to field those annoying radio callers who question the need for privacy online.
The US-based magazine, The Economist, published an article today called Creepy Crawlies: The internet allows the malicious to menace their victims that paints a dire picture for victims of cyberstalking seeking justice.
On April 3, Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper published an article, Virtual world, real dangers that summarises how ICTs are used in Pakistan to commit violence against women.
A study in the United Kingdom on the extent and effect of cyberstalking shows that cyberstalking is more common now than physical harassment.
Rede Nami is a feminist urban art network of female artists in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that promotes women’s rights and works to end violence against women (VAW) through art.
An unprecedented achievement for the study and prevention of further violence against women in Cambodia was announced last month with the opening of a Women and Gender Studies Centre in the capital city Phnom Penh.