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"What is the Global Conference on Cyberspace?" FAQs on the GCCS, The Hague, 16-17 April 2015

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.

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WHRDIC urges Chinese authorities to release five young feminists

10 April 2015 (WHRDIC for APCNews)

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.

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Statement: Stop defamation against the women human rights defenders of CEDEHM in Mexico

1 April 2015 (WHRDIC for APCNews)

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.

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New publication: Building access to justice, health care and social rehabilitation for survivors in the Republic of Congo

PERGAMINO 23 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

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.

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RightsCon Southeast Asia happening 24-25 March in Manila, Philippines

PERGAMINO 20 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

Civil society organisations, engineers, activists, lawyers, companies and governments will join together to address the subject of the internet and human rights in this rapidly evolving region, in an effort to protect the open internet and defend the digital rights of its users.

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Section J: From footnotes to headlines

PERGAMINO 20 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

“In a time when there are 200 million fewer women with access to the internet, and where 98% of sexual rights activists say the internet is crucial to their work, with 51% of them facing violence and intimidation online, how would a feminist internet look?” This was the concluding remark made by APC’s Jac sm Kee to a panel at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. We invite you to walk through some highlights of the event.

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HRC 28th session: "The violence faced by women human rights defenders has only intensified,” state APC and partners

20 March 2015 (ISHR, APC, AWID and FORUM-ASIA on behalf of the WHRD IC for APCNews)

The adoption of Egypt’s Universal Periodic Review report is taking place on Friday 20 March 2015. NGOs have the opportunity to make an oral statement during this time. This is the statement that ISHR, APC, AWID and FORUM-ASIA put together on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, focusing on the situation of women human rights defenders in Egypt.

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Research findings on technology-based violence against women launched at 59th session of the CSW

PERGAMINO 12 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) has organised the panel “Ending violence against women online: Effective responses to promote women’s rights and safety” to be held on Friday 13 March at 10:30 AM at the Armenian Convention Center, New York, as a side event at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

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Foundation for Media Alternatives contributes to Philippine alternative report on women, media and ICT for CSW 59

10 March 2015 (Lisa García and Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

“Women, media, and information/communication technology” is the title of the report that Filipino civil society organisations put together to be shared at the discussions taking place at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) in New York, from 9 to 20 March 2015. Lisa García, from APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives, explains how the organisation’s work experience and research fed into this report.

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Research results are out! From impunity to justice: Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women

PERGAMINO 9 March 2015 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

A new series of reports by the Association for Progressive Communications presents findings from a multi-country research project on technology-related violence against women. The research – which reveals a lack of access to justice for survivors – highlights the voices and experiences of women who have faced technology-related VAW and sought justice through state agencies and internet intermediaries. The research identifies available legal remedies, and analyses their strengths and limitations.

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