HRC 29 resolution: "Accelerating efforts to eliminating all forms of violence against women: eliminating domestic violence"

The Human Rights Council resolution “Accelerating efforts to eliminating all forms of violence against women: eliminating domestic violence” recognises that violence against women can include acts such as cyberbullying and cyberstalking, both expressions of online VAW.

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Looking for evidence of gender inequality in sexual harassment on Twitter

As the use of social media has become an intrinsic part of our everyday lives, so also, has the visual presence of abuse. As a result, the violent and persistent harassment of prominent women online has been covered substantially in the media. This harassment is neither recognised as sexual harassment nor as a societal problem, as it is often viewed as an unfortunate side effect of the anonymity offered by the internet.

The danger of ICANN’s new Domain Registration Proposal

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) works towards the empowerment and support of organisations, social movements and individuals from the Global South by using information and communication technologies to build strategic communities and initiatives for meaningful contributions to equitable human development, social justice, participatory political processes and environmental sustainability.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions - Use of ICTs to secure the right to life - HRC 29 session

In the present report, submitted to the Human Rights Council pursuant to its resolution 26/12, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions discusses the implications of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for the protection of the right to life.

The Special Rapporteur surveys existing applications of ICTs for promoting,

Report of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice - HRC 29 session

In this report, the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice examines discrimination against women and girls in cultural and family life. The cultural construction of gender determines the role of women and girls within the family, including in marriage. After analysing the impact of culture and religion on the enjoyment of equal rights by women and girls in society and the family, the Working Group redefines family by incorporating a gender perspective.

Hate speech and hate crime - Norway's Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud’s Report

Hate speech and hate crime have received increased attention in recent years and there is widespread consensus that these phenomena constitute a social problem with significant adverse effects. The Ombud has made a review of their status and has revealed a number of challenges and shortcomings with government efforts to counteract them.

With this report, the Ombud wishes to provide government with input on how best to work against hate speech and hate crime.

The Right to Privacy in Lebanon - Stakeholder Report for the Universal Periodic Review 23rd Session

This stakeholder report is a submission by Privacy International, Social Media Exchange and Association for Progressive Communications.

Privacy International (PI) is an international human rights organisation that works to advance and promote the right to privacy around the world.

The Social Media Exchange (SMEX)is a registered Lebanese nonprofit that conducts training, research, and advocacy on strategic communications and human rights in the digital era.

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international organization and network with ECOSOC Status.

HRC29: Joint statement on the importance of encryption and anonymity for people facing discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity

At the Human Rights Council, APC together with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the International Lesbian and Gay Association delivered a joint statement highlighting the importance of encryption and anonymity for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The internet is a critical space for users to explore identity and access information in relation to gender and sexuality.

Internet Governance Forum 2014: Results from the Gender Report Card

Summary of findings

The ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Istanbul, Turkey on 2-5 September 2014, framed discussions under the overall theme “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance”. Since 2011, APC's Women's Rights Programme has been compiling Gender Report Cards to monitor and assess the level of gender parity and inclusion at the IGF's workshop sessions.

Briefings on technology-related violence against women for the 29 Human Rights Council session

APC has developed a brief and a background document on technology-related violence against women to support our advocacy efforts at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), with special attention to the work with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, the Working Group on discrimination against women in law, and the annual HRC resolution on VAW, which focuses on domestic violence in this year’s edition.

These documents draw on the multi-country research project