Within days of her highly visible and publicised speech, Emma Watson became the subject and target of violence. The threat and reality of using women’s sexualised bodies as weapons to humiliate them, shut them up or blackmail them into submission are increasingly prevalent expressions of violence against women online. Jac sm Kee, APC´s Women´s Rights Programme manager, shares her insights on the emerging reactions, and also criticises the framing of the UN #HeForShe campaign, as it seems to position women as passive subjects needing to be rescued.
On 1 September 2014, APC, Tactical Tech and Web Foundation brought together over 150 techies, human rights defenders and rights activists in Istanbul to attend the ninth Internet Governance Forum to a peer-learning event called Disco-tech.
On 8 June during the APC Member Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, our organisational members elected a new board of directors for the next three years. APC is proud to have a board on which the majority of directors are women and based in the global South.
Over the years, APC’s Women’s Rights Programme (WRP) has actively participated at the Internet Governance Forum in order to raise questions, issues and linkages between feminism and the internet. The participation of gender advocates in this space has grown every year and this year’s WRP delegation included 23 feminist and queer activists from diverse countries, in addition to many feminist allies from across the four sectors of internet governance. Here is a list of gender and sexuality events that took place at the 2014 IGF in Turkey.
Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison
The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC), of which APC is a member, is alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison. Yunus has been in jail since 30 July, when she was arrested on trumped-up charges of treason and other crimes. The WHRD IC requests the transfer of Yunus’s violent cellmate to another cell and an immediate and transparent investigation into the above-mentioned assault, as well as calling for Yunus’s immediate and unconditional release. The coalition is also demanding that she be urgently provided with any medical attention she may require.
APC and other member organisations of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition sent a statement to the UN Human Rights Council’s 27th session to address the fact that women human rights defenders (WHRDs) are targeted for murder, kidnapping, torture, rape and harassment because of who they are and because of the work they do worldwide. As the Council strengthens its work on women generally, the statement notes the critical need to integrate analysis and reporting on WHRDs who demand protection, respect and fulfillment of all human rights.
A+ for profits, F for women's rights: Take Back the Tech! invites users to rate Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
What Are You Doing About Violence Against Women? We invite users to join our campaign to demand answers and action. Research developed by the APC Women’s Rights Programme on internet intermediaries mapped the corporate policies of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to analyse each platform’s mechanism for identifying, reporting and rectifying incidents of harassment or VAW. These findings stress that while approaches to VAW differ between intermediaries, there are a number of overarching themes and trends.
The APC End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project is changing women’s lives. We wanted to offer a closer, more personal look at individual women whose lives have been significantly impacted by the initiative. This week, we share the story of Urooj Zia, a woman living in Karachi, Pakistan, who started the platform Laalteyn after learning through digital training by Bytes for All how ICTs could be used to help adult survivors of abuse.
APC and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency–e-Africa Programme call for applications to the second African School on Internet Governance to be held from 23 – 26 November 2014. The venue of the school will be advised in due course.
This report presents an up-to-date assessment of internet rights in Turkey, and has been prepared to coincide with the Internet Governance Forum 2014. The IGF is a space that strives for a democratic and inclusive internet and this report assesses the Turkish government’s respect for international human rights standards in relation to freedom of expression online. The assessment is based on the La Rue framework and focuses on internet regulation, internet access, blocking, surveillance, liability of internet intermediaries, criminalisation of legitimate expression, and cyber-attacks.