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CSW59: Reprioritising Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action

Posted Fri 06 Mar 2015 - 15:12

From 9 to 20 March 2015, women’s rights advocates and organisations have gathered along with member states at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), to review progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women.

For APC, GenderIT.org’s home organisation, the focus at CSW59 is on reprioritisation of Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action , which addresses women and the media. APC and its partners are pushing for greater recognition of the ways in which the internet and other ICTs can contribute to the improvement of women’s lives and their ability to exercise their rights, but also for acknowledgement of the need to address problems such as technology-based violence against women. Read our 10 points on Section J to learn more about how technology issues impact women’s rights.

At CSW59, APC is also launching the final findings from its multi-country research on technology-related violence against women, which reveals a lack of access to justice for survivors.



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.