In Pakistan, religious and cultural controls over women intersect with technology, language barriers prevent intermediaries from addressing abuse, and justice has a slippery meaning. Using the voices and stories of three women survivors and research led by human rights organisation Bytes for All under APC’s “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project, this GenderIT.org edition explores various facets of technology-related violence against women in Pakistan.
Fighting against the return of censorship in Tunisia: Women striving for freedom of speech and press
After having been held in silence and fear for years, public debate has been flourishing in Tunisia since 2011. Tunisian journalists Sana Sbouai and Lilia Weslaty actively participate in the day-to-day struggle to develop free alternative media. This is their account of the current situation.
On 6 May 2015, the anti-terrorism Bill C-51 was passed by the Canadian Parliament. Launched after the attacks of October 2014 that cost the lives of four people (the attackers and two military personnel), the law grants additional powers to the Canadian spy agency, including conducting disruptive actions.For some observers, this new law is “a version of the US Patriot Act on steroids” and implements an approach of “total information awareness” which has a profound impact on Canadians’ rights to privacy.
Among over 4,800 submissions, APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was recognised with the prestigious award The Bobs in the People’s Choice for English category.
During May 2015, the Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG), led by UNESCO, will promote awareness on issues related to women and the media as part of the Beijing+20 Review/Campaign. APC is a member of GAMAG’s Steering Committee and coordinator of its Advocacy Committee, so it is fully involved in this campaign. Join us!
Is it still possible to imagine a debate on a feminist internet within the context of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)? This question has been resounding since the last session of the CSW took place in March 2015. This GenderIT.org edition analyses what happened around Section J at the 59th session of the CSW, as well as what did not happen, and brings forward ideas on how to strategise around this space in the future.
The fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS2015) will take place in The Hague from 16-17 April 2015. APC developed this FAQ as a resource for civil society to provide context on the event, and to address some of the key issues and how we can work together on issues of cyber security policy at GCCS and beyond.
The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) calls on Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chairman Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to immediately and unconditionally ensure the release the five young women human rights defenders who were criminally detained in China after they planned events to protest sexual harassment on International Women’s Day.
As a member of the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition (WHRDIC), APC has signed this statement expressing serious concerns about the situation of women human rights defenders Luz Estela Castro, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Center (CEDEHM) and Irma Villanueva, Director of the Legal Department of CEDEHM in Chihuahua, México.
New publication: Building access to justice, health care and social rehabilitation for survivors in the Republic of Congo
This publication, which is especially useful for women’s rights and ICT for development organisations, UN agencies, health providers, legislators, policy makers and justice enforcement bodies, gathers the learnings and challenges identified by all actors involved in APC and AZUR Development’s project “Holding government accountable to gender-based violence in the Republic of Congo,” and reflects on the next steps to be taken in holding governments, police, health facilities and courts of law accountable in their commitments to eradicate violence against women and offer support to survivors.