Gender & ICTs

Research findings on tech-related violence against women released

26 August 2014 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Between April 2013 and June 2014, APC carried out its multi-country research project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”. This project explored the availability, adequacy and effectiveness of domestic legal remedies and corporate policies/redress mechanisms to address the issue of technology-related violence against women. Below are some preliminary findings from this research.

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Domestic legal remedies for technology-related violence against women: Review of related studies and literature

By Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project (August 2014, APC )

This review of related studies and literature forms part of the legal remedy research which falls under the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” flagship project of the Association for Progressive Communications. The review will present different perspectives on the interrelatedness and interconnectedness between ICT and VAW. It will cover the existing laws, prevailing policy frameworks and mechanisms in cases of technology-related VAW, and identify gaps and emerging issues from seven countries, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines.

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End violence research: Case summaries from country reports

By APC (August 2014, APC )

The following case summaries are excerpted from “End violence against women: Country reports”, which involve seven countries and are part of research commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) beginning in 2013.

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End violence: Internet intermediaries and violence against women online

By Carly Nyst for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project (August 2014, APC )

A recent report, “Internet intermediaries and violence against women online” released by the Association for Progressive Communications for the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project, analyses the policies and redress framework of the three major internet intermediaries: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, in regard to violence against women online. These case studies allow APC to further its progress by creating a bridge between social networking platforms and policymakers by analyzing and addressing concerns found in the intermediaries’ online policies and responses to issues of VAW.

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Asia Pacific stakeholders assert ‘Human rights should be the heart of internet governance discussion’

Philippines

Annually since 2010, stakeholders coming from different countries in the Asia Pacific (AP) meet to discuss pertinent issues on internet governance.

Computing for women, by women in India

India

Students from LBS College for Women, Trivandrum hacking a hard disk at HackerSPACE. Photo: SPACEStudents from LBS College for Women, Trivandrum hacking a hard disk at HackerSPACE. Photo: SPACEAs part of its 10th anniversary activities, SPACE initiated programmes focusing on the ICT needs of women in both the technical and non-technical community.

Digitally empowering girls in rural India

India


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Gender-based violence project in Cambodia nominated for UN award

Cambodia


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Sex, rights and the internet: Survey on internet regulation and sexual rights

12 August 2014 (EROTICS for APCNews)

If you are an LGBT activist, SRHR activist, women’s rights activist, a queer blogger or a feminist who spends a lot of time on the internet, please take 15 minutes to fill in our survey. We hope with this second round of our global monitoring survey to deepen our understanding on the connections between the regulation of sexual speech and content on the internet and provide evidence that will help sexual rights activists explain the impact of such regulation on their lives and their work.

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Solidarity with imprisoned WHRDs, with or without Facebook

On the 23rd of June, I opened Facebook and found news that two friends had been arrested after participating in protests on the other side of the world. Natalie Lowrey is an Australian environmental activist who was arrested in Malaysia on 22 June during a peaceful action against Australian-owned Lynas Corporation’s rare earth plant in Malaysia.

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