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Keeping women safe? Gender, online harassment and Indian law

on 1 May 2016
Findings of the Internet Democracy Project research study, ‘”Don’t Let It Stand!”: An Exploratory Study of Women and Verbal Online Abuse in India’, indicate that women in India develop a variety of strategies to deal with the verbal threats they face. However, these strategies very rarely include the law,resulting in a silence around questions of legal effectiveness and recourse for online verbal abuse.

End violence research site: From impunity to justice

on 11 Jan 2016
The site launched by the Association for Progressive Communications reflect the background of the “From impunity to justice“ research and share its findings with a wide audience. The multi-country research explored corporate and state remedies for dealing with technology-related violence against women (VAW).

Missing and murdered aboriginal women of Canada and human trafficking: Understanding this likely connection

Bianca Baldo on 8 Jan 2016
Imagine a young aboriginal woman standing alone in the night, her stance hardened by violence, outrage and sadness. Like her mother before her, she is a survivor. A survivor of colonisation, a survivor of family violence, a survivor of poverty and lack of resources, a survivor of false promises from a boyfriend that gave her hope. All she had to do was move with him to the city, he would find her a job and he would take care of her.

End violence research site has arrived!! Explore the road from impunity to justice

GenderIT.org on 9 Nov 2015
Did you know that 60% of reported cases of technology-related violence against women (VAW) are not investigated by the authorities? Or that in 40% of cases of technology-related VAW, the perpetrator is known to the survivor?

Women’s rights, gender and Internet governance

APC on 30 Oct 2015
This issue paper addresses the degree to which gender and women’s rights feature in Internet1 governance, in multiple interconnected ways including, but certainly not limited to, access, content and representation. Gender and women’s rights occupy a largely rhetorical role in today’s discussion of Internet governance.

Internet rights are human rights: Reflections from workshops in the DRC and Kenya on violence against women

Caroline Tagny on 13 Oct 2015
I've had the privilege, this past year, to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Kenya to facilitate workshops based on our Internet Rights are Human Rights: Violence Against Women (VAW) online curriculum.

The Istanbul Convention brings the most complex view on the issue of violence against women

Michaela Svatošová on 14 Jul 2015
The Istanbul Convention is a legal document that was presented by the Council of Europe in 2011. The convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence came into force in 2014 and was ratified by 18 member states and signed by 19 thus far. However EU countries such as the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Ireland are still not on the list. The Czech government argues that before the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, the Czech legal system needs to be adjusted accordingly.

How technology is enabling a new generation of change makers fighting violence against women

Hera Hussain on 6 Jul 2015
Tara is a 26 year old aspiring computer engineer based in Oman. She has always excelled at her classes, exams, internships and appears to live a normal life. But what no one knows is that when at home, Tara is battling neglect, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her family.

Mobile apps, games and the White web

Caroline Tagny on 10 Jun 2015
DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

Women and internet freedom in East Africa

CIPESA on 1 Jun 2015
On March 8, International Women’s Day was marked across the world under the theme “Make It Happen.” The OpenNet Africa initiative, which monitors and promotes internet freedom in Africa, participated in a series of online discussions focused on women in the digital sphere.

Pakistan country report: Technology driven violence against women

GenderIT.org on 30 May 2015
Technology based violence is exposing women to the entire spectrum of conceivable harms in Pakistan. Victims of technology based violence have suffered physical violence ranging from rape to attempted assassination, psycho-social harms and loss of development opportunities. This was revealed in a research report launched by Bytes for All, Pakistan in Islamabad.

End violence: Case studies from Mexico

on 12 Feb 2015
These case summaries are based on in-depth case studies mapping women’s experiences of technology-related VAW and their attempts to access justice either through domestic legal remedy or corporate grievance mechanisms. The original case studies from Mexico were documented by the APC project associate in Mexico between November 2013 and April 2014 and the summaries were prepared by Richa Kaul Padte.

Selfies, banned photos and LGBT bullying gets better

Tarryn Booysen on 30 Jan 2015
DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

Exploring remedies for technology-based violence against women

Flavia Fascendini on 16 Jan 2015
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. The materials featured in this edition reinforce how we can collectively advocate for a change in online culture through campaigning, education and research.

How doing the research became a game-changer for me

Gul Bukhari on 12 Jan 2015
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.
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