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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.

 

DJ's CHOICE OF THE WEEK: On breakfast, politics and surveillance

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 15 July, 2014 - 13:36
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also responsible for the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, 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 ICTsi. 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.

Promote transparency and safe spaces. Demand that social media take a stand. Take back the tech!

Take Back the Tech!
Take Back the Tech! on 10 July, 2014 - 13:13 on 10 July, 2014 - 13:13
Take Back the Tech! is a collaborative campaign to reclaim information and communication technologies (ICT) to end violence against women (VAW). The campaign calls on all ICT users – especially women and girls – to take control of technology and strategically use any ICT platform at hand (mobile phones, instant messengers, blogs, websites, digital cameras, email, podcasts and more) for activism against gender-based violence.

That’s what we’re asking Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Join our campaign beginning 21 July to demand answers and action!

Women visit social media sites more often than men and spend more time on them. We send more tweets and share more posts.

That's what we're asking Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Promote transparency and safe spaces. Demand that social media take a stand. Join our campaign beginning 21 July to demand answers and action! Take back the tech!i Read the full call to action!

That’s what we’re asking Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Join our campaign beginning 21 July to demand answers and action!

These sites have made some effort to respond to user concerns. But they haven’t done enough, especially for women outside of the narrow scope of the US and Europe. This is about us and our rights. Violence stifles freedom of expression, and we can work together to develop solutions that promote our rights to freedom of speech and freedom from violence. So we’re targeting the big three. We want Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to: Take a clear stand on violence against women in their terms of service, and to engage with diverse civil society to find solutions for safer platforms.

Take Back the Tech! wants you to join us in demanding these changes starting 21 July. You can participate in the following ways:

Ask: “What are you doing about violence against women?” Use our questions and tweets to request more information from these companies under #WhatAreYouDoingAboutVAW.
Rate: Use our report card format to rate social media on various aspects related to violence against women. We’ll compile all user report cards and share the results.
Share: Have a story about your own experience? Let us know! Tweet, film, post and blog your stories. Add them anonymously to our map of tech-related violence against women.
Demand: Tell these companies what you want. Share your solutions. We’ll follow up by sending them crowdsourced ideas they can put into practice.

Find more information and digital content in our campaign kit (available soon at http://takebackthetech.net.), use #WhatAreYouDoingAboutVAW and follow @takebackthetech for the continuing conversation. Let us know about your actions by writing to info@takebackthetech.net.

Download the flyer and spread the word out there!

That’s what we’re asking Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Join our campaign beginning 21 July to demand answers and action!

These sites have made some effort to respond to user concerns. But they haven’t done enough, especially for women outside of the narrow scope of the US and Europe. This is about us and our rights. Violence stifles freedom of expression, and we can work together to develop solutions that promote our rights to freedom of speech and freedom from violence. So we’re targeting the big three.

Join us in the Campaign: What Are You Doing About Violence Against Women?

Take Back the Tech!
Take Back the Tech! on 10 July, 2014 - 12:38
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That's what we're asking Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Promote transparency and safe spaces. Demand that social media take a stand. Join our campaign beginning 21 July to demand answers and action! Take back the tech!i

DJ's CHOICE OF THE WEEK: From breastfeeding to comic books

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 4 July, 2014 - 14:15
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the "End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online" project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also responsible for the weekly section of GenderIT.org DJ’s Choice.

DJ's choice is a new weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, 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 ICTsi. 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.

Stockholm Internet Forum 2014: Good debates to benefit the next billion online

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 4 July, 2014 - 13:36
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the "End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online" project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also responsible for the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s choice.

“End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project country partner and coordinator in the Philippines, Lisa Garcia, attended the annual Stockholm Interneti Forum (SIF) which took place in May 2014. One of the conclusions of the forum is that indeed there is still the need for continuous dialogue among the different stakeholders isince there are many issues such as big data, hardware and software revolution, right to be forgotten, privacyi and surveillancei, women and the web, among others, that are still up for debate.

Digital Security – from silencing to claiming safe spaces

Jennifer Radloff
Jennifer Radloff on 13 May, 2014 - 14:27
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Jennifer is a South African feminist who has worked regionally and globally on the issue of women's right to communicate and ICTs for social change since 1994. She currently coordinates APC's work in supporting women human rights defenders use of ICTs securely through capacity building.

Discourses on issues of safety are not new to feminists. Strategies to resist sexual harassment in the office, verbal abuse on the streets, physical violence in the home, shaming in social spaces and sexualised threats to women human rights defendersi are continually being revisited and reworked. Often this abuse is about the silencing of women's voices and the marginalisation in social and political spaces. Given the blurred lines between online and offline realities and activism, being safe and secure in both universes is critical.

Video: Feminist talks on a feminist internet

FF and CT
FF and CT on 12 May, 2014 - 18:25
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During APC's Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Interneti where we explored our collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like, we asked participants to tell us their vision of a feminist internet.

Sexual rights, internet rights, and feminism!

Ritu Srivastava
Ritu Srivastava on 8 May, 2014 - 18:44
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Ritu Srivastava has many years of professional experience in ICT development, managing programmes and projects at different stake-levels of competency. She is a member of the Digital Empowerment Foundation in India.

Sexual rightsi! What are you talking about? Does this kind of right exist in India? I never thought about it before I attended Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and Technology.

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