Feminist reflection on internet policies

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Exploring remedies for technology-based violence against women

Posted Fri 16 Jan 2015 - 23:25

In this GenderIT.org edition, our collaborators take a moment to reflect and celebrate. They celebrate the great Take Back the Tech! campaign developed in late 2014 that for 16 days brought together women from around the world to reclaim their right to expression online. They also reflect on the first load of findings from the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project research which sheds light on access to justice for survivors of technology-related violence against women. For survivors, the right to expression is a first step towards justice, redress and healing. Corporate policies, legislative frameworks and strategies developed and shared by survivors of violence have a crucial role to play when it comes to preventing incidents of violence and providing access to justice for women. The materials featured in this edition reinforce how we can collectively advocate for a change in online culture through campaigning, education and research.

editorial

How doing the research became a game-changer for me

Gul Bukhari on Mon 12 Jan 2015 - 03:30
Gul is the Manager of the Gender Programme in Bytes for All, Pakistan.

It is an honour for me to introduce this edition of GenderIT.org. This particular issue brings together articles on some of the most important aspects of technology-driven violence against women, hitherto not well understood by the general public, governments or institutions. Much of the material in this issue draws on extensive research conducted by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and its seven partners. In my capacity as one of the partners and researchers on the ground in Pakistan, I am witness to the groundbreaking nature of this research and its powerful impact in my country. The most significant impact lay in the real-life stories, the real-life tragedies, and the on-ground realities. The research was case study-based. The women were real women – human beings, with social and political contexts, the stories of violence they experienced, and their attempts at judicial remedy. They were not numbers or statistics – here lay the impact.