The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in gender-based violence in India. Helplines and digital tools have been used to reach out to survivors, given the absence of physical services. But women who can't use phones, email or social media are most likely to be entirely excluded from these systems.
In this article about the recent uprising in Hong Kong against the control of the Beijing government, we take a look at the complexities that feminists and LGBTIQ+ activists have to live with, in spite of working for freedom and democracy alongside and in movements.
In Ghana, sexual assault is vastly under-reported and there is a huge barrier in the police procedures for reporting crimes. This article explores what role technology can play in addressing this, and whether public discourse and visibility around sexual assault can lead to change.
The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council reflected growth in the Council’s understanding of the scope of internet-related human rights and the outcomes were valuable overall and will contribute to the advancement of norms concerning internet rights, despite challenges to progressive initiatives from many states.
Our organisations welcome the adoption of the resolutions on civil society space, peaceful protest, violence against women and girls and discrimination against women and girls and the Council’s rejection of attempts to impede progress on protecting civil society space, peaceful protest and the rights to sexual and reproductive health.
This submission is a stakeholder contribution to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism for Mexico. It is limited to addressing the growing concerns regarding online gender-based violence (GBV) in Mexico and its interconnection with other human rights violations.
APC welcomes the opportunity to engage in this dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. We commend his report's gendered approach to privacy and surveillance and the recognition that violations to privacy form part of online gender-based violence.
This submission draws on the work done by APC for more than a decade to render visible the impact of online gender-based violence (GBV) on women’s rights, and its experience working with partners in the global South to understand, respond to and prevent online GBV.
In May 2017, countless South African women took to Twitter and Facebook to share their experiences of abuse under the hashtag #MenAreTrash. The outpour of tweets and Facebook posts was sparked by the murder of Karabo Mokoena, a 22-year-old woman who was allegedly killed and burned by her boyfriend.
This report explores women’s experiences of and demands for corporate accountability in cases of technology-related violence against women as highlighted by the APC seven-country research initiative, “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”.