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Queering internet governance in Indonesia

Institut Pelangi Perempuan in cooperation with Association for Progressive Communications and Ford Foundation
Institut Pelangi Perempuan in cooperation with Association for Progressive Communications and Ford Foundation on 1 September, 2014 - 17:23
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In Indonesia, sexuality has gradually become a more and more open public discourse. Conflicti on discourse of sexuality expands through the use of Interneti. On the one hand, internet has given space to the advancement of human rightsi including human rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queeri (LGBTIiQ). On the other hand, the technology creates a space, which preserves status quo, discrimination and violence against LGBTIQ that has previously been evident in offline spaces. Harassment and homophobic bullying, which include online delivery of hate speech against the LGBTIQ referred to as cyber-homophobia is among the behaviors appearing in social network and other cyber spaces. The blockade of LGBTIQ websites by several Internet Service Provideris (ISP) has been happening since 2011. The act is often a one-sided decision without prior notification to owner of website. More often than not, the process is committed by both ISP and Ministry of Communication and Informatics Republic of Indonesia, without a transparent and accountable consultation to the owner of the website.
In response to such situation, in 2012, LGBTIQ activists began advocating Human Rights of LGBTIQ in the area of internet management. These activists include Institut Pelangi Perempuan (IPP), Ourvoice (OV), Arus Pelangi and Gamacca. The social movement and process of advocacyi against cyber-homophobia and the decision to close LGBTIQ websites in Indonesia then become a movement introduced as “Queering Internet Governancei in Indonesia.”

 

Tools and Tactics for the LGBTI community in sub-Saharan Africa

Tactical Tech
Tactical Tech on 1 September, 2014 - 14:05
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Tactical Tech is delighted to announce the launch of a new guide: Tools and Tactics for the LGBTIi community in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the second in our series of Security in-a-boxi Community Focus guides, which aim to further integrate digital security into the context of particular communities and human rightsi defenders.

 

Technology-related violence against women – Recent legislative trends

Carly Nyst for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project
Carly Nyst for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project on 26 August, 2014 - 21:28
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Carly Nyst works for Privacy International and directs PI's work in developing countries. Carly is an Australian-qualified lawyer who has worked in human rights law and advocacy at both national and international levels.

This study seeks to explore recent legislative developments aimed at addressing and providing avenues of redress for technology-related violence against womeni. We explore the objectives, structure and application of four domestic legislative responses to different forms of violence against women, seeking to understand how domestic legislatures are responding to increasing awareness of violence against women online.

 

End violence research: Case summaries from country reports

Take Back the Tech!
Take Back the Tech! on 25 August, 2014 - 19:21
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The following case summaries are excerpted from End violence against womeni: Country reports, which involve seven countries and are part of research commissioned by the Association for Progressive Communicationsi Women's Rightsi Programme (APC WRP) beginning in 2013.

 

CEDAW: APC's Submission to the Commitee on the General recommendation on girls’/women’s right to education

Association for Progressive Communications
Association for Progressive Communications on 15 August, 2014 - 12:13
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On 7 July 2014, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAWi) held a General Discussion on the Right to Education for Girls and Women, the aim of which is to commence the Committee’s process of elaborating a “General Recommendation on girls’/women’s right to education.” These are the recommendations submitted by APC.

 

Gender & militarism: Analyzing the links to strategize for peace

Women Peacemakers Program (WPP)
Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) on 7 August, 2014 - 11:47
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The Women Peacemakers Program’s vision is of a world where women and men work together through gender-sensitive active nonviolence, to build communities where people co-exist peacefully.

This publication by Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) is a testimony to the increasing number of people — women and men — who are challenging the norms bestowed upon us. They are linking the dots and showing us how militarization is coming at us from many angles — including entering the private sphere through IT and financial services. This reality not only requires activists to enter new domains of work; it simultaneously urges us all to keep on pushing for a transformative agenda in all these spaces, if real peace and security is to have a chance.

 

Internet intermediaries and violence against women online: User policies and redress framework of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Carly Nyst for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project
Carly Nyst for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project on 4 August, 2014 - 03:57
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Carly Nyst works for Privacy International and directs PI's work in developing countries. Carly is an Australian-qualified lawyer who has worked in human rights law and advocacy at both national and international levels.

A recent report, “Internet intermediaries and violence against women online” released by the Association for Progressive Communications for the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project, analyses the policies and redress framework of the three major internet intermediaries: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, in regard to violence against women online. These case studies allow APC to further its progress by creating a bridge between social networking platforms and policymakers by analyzing and addressing concerns found in the intermediaries’ online policies and responses to issues of VAW.

 

Domestic legal remedies for technology-related violence against women: Review of related studies and literature

Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project
Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau for the End violence: Women's rights and safety online project on 16 July, 2014 - 16:21
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This review of related studies and literature forms part of the legal remedy research which falls under the End violence: Women’s rights and safety online (EndVAW) flagship project of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). The project is to be implemented from 2012 to 2015 with support from the Dutch government’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) programme.

 

Twitter doth not a revolution make, but it maketh a difference

Everjoice Win
Everjoice Win on 16 June, 2014 - 12:24
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A feminist-activist from Zimbabwe, Everjoice Win has been active in the women’s and social justice movements in Zimbabwe and the African continent for the greater part of her life. Involved in JASS Southern Africa’s early conceptual thinking, Everjoice remains a key advisor.

Read Everjoice Win's timely critical analysis of the Southern African regional context through a feminist lens. Everything from the rise of the prosperity gospel and its impact on discourse about sex, sexuality and women's bodies to the complex legacies of the sub-continent’s liberation struggles and new faces of militarism. With an in-depth focus on Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe (the three countries in which JASS supports work), "Between Jesus, the Generals and the Invisibles" is a razor-sharp snapshot of the region, its dynamics and trends as well as opportunities and challenges for feminist movement building and women's rightsi agendas.

 

Our right to safety: Publication addresses women human rights defenders’ approach to protection

Inmaculada Barcia
Inmaculada Barcia on 11 March, 2014 - 17:05
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Written by Inmaculada Barcia (AWID Consultant) and facilitated by the Association for Women’s Rights In Development (AWID) as part of its work as Chair of the Working Group on Urgent Responses for WHRDs at Risk of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (March 2014).

AWID, in collaboration with members of the Women Human Rightsi Defenders International Coalition, has developed this publication in an effort to assess the various mechanisms developed to provide protection to WHRDsi at risk, including initiatives developed by national governmentis, and regional and international human rights bodies. The publication counts with a specific section addressing digital security and freedom of expression issues.