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#fbrape is about gender-based hate speech, not about censorship

On May 21 more than a hundred organisations lead by Women, Action & the Media, the journalist Soraya Chemaly, and The Everyday Sexism Project started a campaign to Take action to end gender-based violence on Facebook.

Transparency and accountability: Finding points of agreement following the #fbrape campaign

Last month a coalition of women’s organisations led a campaign to hold Facebook accountable for its content policy. In particular, how it deals with hateful speech and representations of gender-based violence shared by its users. In response, freedom of expression advocates have expressed concern and criticism over the precedent set by demands for Facebook to remove hateful content from its site.

How women around the world are taking part in combating gender-based hate speech on Facebook

Sexist, gender-based violent speech is a norm today. Sign in, check your home page and somewhere on that or over the timeline you’ll be linked to a page or a photo which only serves to demean the existence of woman. What’s worse is finding some of your friends making jokes about it. But should that be a norm too? Finding your friends making rape and other gender-based jokes? No, it’s NOT funny!

#FBrape campaign and the necessary debate

11 June 2013 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

The “Take action to end gender-based violence on Facebook” campaign, or #FBrape campaign, co-signed by the APC Women´s Rights Programme, triggered interesting, timely, and necessary debates around freedom of expression, censorship, privacy, and intermediary liability. Read the collection of GenderIT.org Feminist Talk discussions.

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The false paradox: freedom of expression and sexist hate speech

(Margarita Salas’ blog post for GenderIT.org Feminist Talk) When we talk about freedom of expression we are within the paradigm of human rights. Human rights are indivisible, interrelated and interdependent, which means that the improvement of one right facilitates advancement of the others and the deprivation of one right adversely affects the others.

How funny is this, Facebook?

PERGAMINO 24 May 2013 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

“Take action to end gender-based violence on Facebook” is this campaign’s call that asks companies whose publicity appears on explicitly violent Facebook pages and profiles to help pressure the social networking platform to re-examine its response to violence against women and girls.

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Take Action To End Gender-Based Hate Speech on Facebook

Facebook has long allowed content endorsing violence against women.

Participation in Cyber Stewards network reinforces Colnodo's work on tech-related violence against women

PERGAMINO 17 May 2013 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The Cyber Stewards network organised a meeting that took place on 17-18 March 2013. APC member Colnodo took part in a workshop at the meeting, themed “Governance without government in cyberspace?” Colnodo’s participation in the network strengthens Colnodo’s work in the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project in Colombia.

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UN Working Group report addresses tech-related violence against women

PERGAMINO 10 May 2013 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

The UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Public Life launched its thematic report, which received inputs from various stakeholders, among them APC. The final report reflects how women are participating online, some of the ways in which discrimination is taking place and the impact of that discrimination.

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“Yes, this happened to me”: Making progress toward recognition of technology related violence

7 May 2013 (Flavia Fascendini for APCNews)

APC and its seven country partners have achieved milestones after their first year of work on the project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online.” APCNews interviewed Jan Moolman, project coordinator, about the main highlights of this first year and the challenges and expectations for the year ahead.

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