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How technology issues impact women’s rights: 10 points on Section J

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APC’s advocacy for the re-prioritisation of Section J at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women asks governments to recognise the critical role that the media and ICT play in both advancing and stifling women’s rights. At the same time, it is vital that women’s rights activists and organisations examine how ICT affects their work and take up Section J demands.
To that end, 10 Points on Section J describes ICT’s growing impact on a variety of issues related to women’s rights, from access and agency to economics and ecology. Learn more about each of the 10 issues and related demands and draw on this resource as you work to inject gender equality into all aspects of media and technology, increasing women’s ability to fully enjoy their rights online and off.

Infographic: Mapping technology-based violence against women - Take Back the Tech! top 8 findings

APC WRP
APC WRP on 6 March, 2015 - 19:19
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From 2012-2015, the APC community built on the collective experience and successes of its work on technology and violence against women, through support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affair’s (DGIS) Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) Fund. Our project “End violence: women’s rights and safety online” strengthened existing partnerships, and APC’s trajectory in the anti-VAW struggle to enhance women’s safety and security by preventing the increase in violence against women through ICTs.

Did you know that women between 18-30 years old (and younger) are the ones most vulnerable online? And did you know that the majority (40%) of cases are perpetrated by someone known to the survivor? Check out this infographic that draws on the 1126 cases reported on the Take Back the Tech! online map from 2012 to 2014.

 

From impunity to justice: Domestic legal remedies for cases of technology-related violence against women

Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc.
Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc. on 6 March, 2015 - 18:54
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The Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (WLB) (author) is a feminist legal non-government organisation from the Philippines composed of women’s rights activists and advocates. Richa Kaul Padte (editor) is a freelance writer and feminist activist.

The present research seeks to examine the availability and effectiveness of existing domestic legal remedies for survivors of technology-related VAW to access justice and to prevent such violence from occurring. This research was carried out between April 2013 and June 2014 by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) as part of a multi-country project entitled “Ending violence: Women’s rights and safety online”.

 

From impunity to justice: Domestic legal remedies for cases of technology-related violence against women - Summary

Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc. (author) and Richa Kaul Padte (editor)
Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc. (author) and Richa Kaul Padte (editor) on 3 March, 2015 - 17:57
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The Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau (author) is a feminist legal non-government organisation from the Philippines composed of women’s rights activists and advocates. Richa Kaul Padte (editor) is a freelance writer and feminist activist.

This is a summary of the research report “From impunity to justice: Domestic legal remedies for cases of technology-related violence
against women”, by the Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau. This summary was prepared by Richa Kaul Padte.

 

From impunity to justice: Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women

APC's "End violence: Women's rights and safety online" project
APC's "End violence: Women's rights and safety online" project on 2 March, 2015
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From 2012-2015, the APC community built on the collective experience and successes of its work on technology and violence against women, through support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affair’s (DGIS) Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) Fund. Our project “End violence: women’s rights and safety online” strengthened existing partnerships, and APC’s trajectory in the anti-VAW struggle to enhance women’s safety and security by preventing the increase in violence against women through ICTs.
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A new series of reports by the Association for Progressive Communications presents findings from a multi-country research project on technology-related violence against women (VAW). The research – which reveals a lack of access to justice for survivors – highlights the voices and experiences of women who have faced technology-related VAW and sought justice through state agencies and internet intermediaries.

From impunity to justice: Improving corporate policies to end technology-related violence against women - Summary

Rima Athar (author) and Richa Kaul Padte (editor)
Rima Athar (author) and Richa Kaul Padte (editor) on 25 February, 2015 - 13:36
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Rima S. Athar (author) is an independent researcher, human rights activist and feminist organiser. Richa Kaul Padte (editor) is a freelance writer and feminist activist.

The present report explores women’s experiences of and demands for corporate accountability in cases of technology-related violence against women (VAW) as highlighted by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) seven-country research initiative, “End violence: Women's rights and safety online”, conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines. Here, in-depth case studies on survivors’ experiences, their attempts to access justice, reviews of corporate policies, and interviews with public policy representatives have been evaluated with reference to: a) national telephony companies, b) social media and networking platforms, and c) pornography websites. A total of 24 case studies were documented across the seven countries, and the policies of 22 companies were reviewed.

 

End violence: Case studies from Democratic Republic of Congo

Si Jeunesse Savait for the "End violence: Women's rights and safety online project"
Si Jeunesse Savait for the "End violence: Women's rights and safety online project" on 16 February, 2015 - 14:43
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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 the Democratic Republic of Congo were developed by country researchers from the project partner Si Jeunesse Savait and the summaries were prepared by Kris Kotarski.

 

End violence: Case studies from Mexico

Mexico project partner for the "End violence: Women's rights and safety online project"
Mexico project partner for the "End violence: Women's rights and safety online project" on 12 February, 2015 - 12:23
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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.

 

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. For survivors, the right to expression is a first step towards justice, redress and healing. Corporate policies, legislative frameworks and strategies developed and shared by survivors of violence have a crucial role to play when it comes to preventing incidents of violence and providing access to justice for women. The materials featured in this edition reinforce how we can collectively advocate for a change in online culture through campaigning, education and research.

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.

Building women’s access to justice: Technology-related VAW in law and corporate policy

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 10 January, 2015 - 16:25
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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 a contributor of the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

This article is based on the issue paper written by Namita Maholtra as part of the APC “End violence: Women´s rights and safety online” project entitled “Good questions on technology-related violence”, and on a strong alliance with partners in seven countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines. Looking at tech-related violence against women, law and corporate policy, this article by Tarryn Booysen summarises the major points in the paper, responding to frequent questions on tech-related VAW and answering them with the research findings.

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