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Online abuse: A monster that silences and curtails women's rights online
Online abuse: A monster that silences and curtails women's rights online 20 November 2018 Doreen Raheena Sulleyman for GenderIT.org

The new freedom of expression brought by the internet goes far beyond politics. People relate to each other in new ways on a medium that offers the cover of anonymity but also deception. However, information technology and the internet are rapidly transforming almost every aspect of our lives - some for better, while others for worse. Ghana has in recent years been celebrated for achieving a number of development milestones, despite these achievements, there are still deep-seated inequalities...

Does urban youth know what to do about cyberharassment?: Research in Bangladesh
Does urban youth know what to do about cyberharassment?: Research in Bangladesh 15 November 2018 Anushka Zafar for GenderIT.org

Growing up in Bangladesh, I experienced my first “wrong-number” phone call when I was 10 years old, during the time of landlines, before we had mobiles or smartphones. Wrong-number calls would usually be initiated by young men who would dial a random number until they heard a young woman answer. Then they would try to strike up a conversation by asking the recipient a barrage of questions about their name, age, location, family, marital status and even daily activities. Over the years I h...

What can Ghana do about the harassment faced by women online?
What can Ghana do about the harassment faced by women online? 08 November 2018 Theorose Dzineku for GenderIT.org

Since its introduction in Ghana in 1993, the internet has provided numerous opportunities to Ghanaians, including the ability to create networks, share information, as well as communicate. Today, Ghana boasts about 10 million internet users and ranks 28th out of 55 countries on the continent in terms of internet penetration. Despite the many advantages the internet has brought to the citizenry,...

Fixing the glitch
Fixing the glitch 24 October 2018 Seyi Akiwowo for GenderIT.org

For the past few years, I've committed to doing the conventional New Year's resolution on my birthday rather than on 1 January. My resolutions or “intentions” so far have been reflective and inward-looking rather than about the external. For instance, finding more peace, being more focused, and this year it is self-love, also known as self-care. So it was a pleasant coincidence to fly out t...

Rejecting victimhood: The online speak-out campaign in Kerala against harassment
Rejecting victimhood: The online speak-out campaign in Kerala against harassment 13 October 2018 Praveena Thaali for GenderIT.org

This is an attempt to narrate the speak-out movement led by the Dalit-Bahujan women in Kerala. It is a social media-based (particularly through Facebook) campaign, that is still ongoing in Kerala, to narrativise the experiences of sexual harassment faced by Dalit-Bahujan women. These attacks had happened in their work place, within friends’ circles and political spaces. Surprisingly, the wome...

Netwoman: Policy and safer internet spaces for women
Netwoman: Policy and safer internet spaces for women 03 October 2018 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

The internet has been identified as the most powerful tool and dubbed “a global resource”, similar to how electricity changed lives in the 20th century. While internet penetration is increasing rapidly, most developing countries are still working on how to get everyone connected and at the same time coping with the need for good policies for a safer internet. With increase in usage, gaining...

Online gender-based violence: A submission from the Association for Progressive Communications to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
Online gender-based violence: A submission from the Association for Progressive Communications to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences 20 November 2017 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications’ Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) has worked to render visible the impact of online gender-based violence (GBV) on women’s rights for more than a decade. We have worked with women's organisations and advocates to identify, monitor, analyse and combat uses of the internet and digital technologies that are harmful to women and marginalised co...

Due diligence and accountability for online violence against women
Due diligence and accountability for online violence against women 31 July 2017 Zarizana Abdul Aziz

This paper explores what online violence against women is; what can be done to stem and ultimately eliminate it; and whose responsibility it is to do so. It does this by building upon the issues identified in two research projects, namely the research on state accountability to eliminate violence against women by the Due Diligence Project (DDP) and the research on corporate and state remedies f...

Deploying design thinking techniques to develop solutions for any given problem
Deploying design thinking techniques to develop solutions for any given problem 13 March 2017 Asad Baig, Media Matters for Democracy

Muavin is a concept developed by Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD); a digital tool to help push back on cyberbullying, harassment and online violence, especially targeted at vulnerable groups. Currently under development in partnership with Code for Pakistan and with support from APC, Muavin would help users develop online communities which they can call upon for ...

APC welcomes landmark HRC resolution condemning threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption
APC welcomes landmark HRC resolution condemning threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption 29 September 2016 APC

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) passed a groundbreaking resolution on 29 September concerning the safety of journalists, which contained a number of firsts. This resolution marks the first time the Council recognised that encryption and anonymity tools are vital for the work of journalists, and called upon states not to interfere with the use of such technologies. This is also the first time ...

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