APC's campaign and events at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York

Pergamino, Argentina, 11 March 2015

PERGAMINO, Argentina, 6 March 2015 – The APC Women’s Rights Programme will be actively participating at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York from 9-20 March, 2015. The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.

This space is considered to be very relevant to APC’s advocacy work against violence against women, on women’s representation in media and in online spaces, and on access and participation in the science and technology fields. We consider the reprioritisation of Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action in the Beijing+20 review to be particularly important.

APC wants to reprioritise Section J in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action due to the important role that media and internet and communication technologies play in both advancing and hindering women’s rights. This is the reason why we will be presenting the final findings of the From impunity to justice research, after 3 years of intensive work under APC’s End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project, conducted in partnership with seven organisations from diverse countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines, with support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS). We will also present our 10 points on Section J to walk through how technology issues impacts women’s rights.

While APC staff members advocate at CSW59, GenderIT.org and Take Back the Tech! will simultaneously lead an online campaign to raise awareness around Section J and work towards a feminist internet. Our main goal is to encourage women’s rights organisations and activists to pay more attention to the relationship between gender and technology. To do this, we have created resources laying out the issues and our demands from governments, the private sector and civil society, and we will be tweeting 9-13 March under #SectionJ.


Events APC is organising and co-organising

Monday, 9 March 2015

High-level panel: “Reprioritising Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action – Critical issues on the human rights of women and girls and the internet”
Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN and Association for Progressive Communications, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and National Women’s Institute of Costa Rica (INAMU)
1:15-2:30 PM
Conference Room E – GA Building

Ms. Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
Marina Kaljurand, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Alejandra Mora, Minister at the Ministry for Women’s Affairs of Costa Rica
Leah C. Tanodra-Armamento, Undersecretary of the Department of Justice in the Republic of the Philippines
Alton Grizzle, Programme Specialist at UNESCO Freedom of Expression and Media Development Division / Global Alliance on Gender and Media
Jan Moolman, Senior Coordinator at the Women’s Rights Programme of the Association for Progressive Communications

Moderator: Joanne Sandler, Gender at Work, and former Deputy Executive Director of UNIFEM

Friday, 13 March 2015

Panel: “Ending violence against women online: Effective responses to promote women’s rights and safety”
Association for Progressive Communications
10:30 AM
Armenian Centre

This panel will share the findings of a three-year research project exploring the adequacy and effectiveness of domestic legal remedies and corporate policies in relation to violence against women online, developed with seven partners from Colombia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines. The event will include speakers from government, the women’s movement, the private sector and academics to discuss the research results and make recommendations on the way forward.

Laura Bretón Despradel, Centro de Investigación para la Acción Femenina (CIPAF) in Dominican Republic
Racheal Nakitare, President of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) in Kenya
Jan Moolman, Senior Coordinator at the Women’s Rights Programme of the Association for Progressive Communications

Moderator: Jac sm Kee, Women’s Rights Programme Manager at the Association for Progressive Communications

Invitation to the event available here

Events where APC has been invited as speaker

Monday, 9 March 2015

Side event: “Countering cyber violence against women”
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
10:00-11:15 AM
GA Building, Conference Room E

The event will discuss how cyber violence against women challenges parliamentarians, policy makers and internet service providers everywhere. It will examine what action can be taken to promote safe and responsible use of online technology. Special emphasis will be placed on strong legislation to address and provide avenues of redress for cyber violence against women. Based on the experience of some countries, the event will identify emerging trends and lessons learned from them. The panel will also discuss how internet service providers can be more accountable for the protection of users’ privacy and security and what proactive steps could be taken to eradicate violence against women online.

Helen Rubenstein, Program Director at Global Rights for Women
Parliament member from Canada
Parliament member from the Philippines
Jan Moolman, Senior Coordinator at the Women’s Rights Programme of the Association for Progressive Communications

Chair: Ms Margaret Mensah Williams, President of the IPU Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians and Vice-Chairperson of the Second National Council of Namibia.

Friday, 13 March 2015

High-level panel: “Intergenerational dialogue”
UN Women
9:30 AM-6:00 PM
ECOSOC Chamber, Conference Building

A conversation among various gender equality advocates and stakeholders across generations to discuss strategies and perspectives that can accelerate the achieving of gender equality by 2030.

Jac sm Kee, APC’s Women’s Rights Programme manager, will be speaking.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Panel: “Women and technology: Effective documentation of sexual violence and advocacy”
10.30-12:00 AM
Church Centre

Panelists will discuss how they document sexual violence or stories of sexual violence using technology and the way the conduct advocacies at local/domestic, regional and international levels.

1) Follow us on Twitter

We will be tweeting from @APC_News, @genderit, and @takebackthetech, as well as @dominemoslastic and @genderites for Spanish. We will use the hashtags #genderit, #takebackthetech, #genderites, #dominemoslastic, #CSW59, #Beijing20 and #sectionJ. During the first week of the CSW (from Monday 9 to Friday 13 of March), we will run a campaign on Twitter advocating for the reprioritisation of the Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action.

2) Contact out spokespeople

Jac sm Kee is a Malaysian feminist activist committed to transformative politics on the issues of violence against women, culture, ‘race’, identities, communications and information rights and sexualities. She is the APC Women’s Rights Programme manager. Email: jac@apcwomen.org

Jan Moolman is a feminist editor, writer, trainer and activist with extensive experience in the Southern African women’s and communication rights sector. She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and works for the APC Women’s Rights Programme as senior project coordinator of the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project. Email: jan@apcwomen.org

3) A full list of background readings is available here

About the Association for Progressive Communications

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network and non-profit organisation founded in 1990 that wants everyone to have access to a free and open internet to improve lives and create a more just world.

Media contact

Flavia Fascendini
WRP communications associate
Tel: + 55 02477 640312

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