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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) for APC's "End violence: Women's rights and safety online" project
Women’s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc. (author) and Richa Kaul Padte (editor) for APC's "End violence: Women's rights and safety online" project on 3 March, 2015 - 17:57
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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: Improving corporate policies to end technology-related violence against women - Summary

Rima Athar (author) and Richa Kaul Padte (editor) for APC's “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project
Rima Athar (author) and Richa Kaul Padte (editor) for APC's “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project on 25 February, 2015 - 13:36
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Rima is a researcher for the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project on improving corporate policies to end technology-related violence against women. She lives in Canada. This summary was prepared by Richa Kaul Padte, a writer, rapporteur, occasional editor and bass-music lover, who has lived in too many places to call a single one home.

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.

Good questions on technology-related violence

Namita Malhotra for APC's "End violence: Women's rights and safety online" project
Namita Malhotra for APC's "End violence: Women's rights and safety online" project on 8 January, 2015 - 23:30
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Between April 2013 and June 2014, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) carried out its multi-country research exploring the adequacy and effectiveness of domestic legal remedies and corporate policies/redress mechanisms to address the issue of technology-related violence against women (VAW). This paper written by Namita Malhotra draws heavily on the final research reports from that project.

 

Cases on women’s experiences of technology-related VAW and their access to justice

End violence: Women's rights and safety online country partners
End violence: Women's rights and safety online country partners on 8 January, 2015 - 23:28
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The 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 were documented as part of the Association for Progressive Communication’s (APC) seven-country research initiative, “From impunity to justice: Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women”, conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines.

 

Violence against women online: What next steps intermediaries should take

Rafia Shaikh
Rafia Shaikh on 8 January, 2015
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Rafia is a tech journalist currently working as a research and communications associate at Digital Rights Foundation focusing on women rights, internet governance, and digital security. She spends her weekends translating and romanizing languages.
GenderIT.org

In the response to abuse and threats that women face, are the technology big names like Facebook, Twitter and others taking tangible steps? In this article, GenderIT.org collaborator Rafia Shaikh explores the most outstanding points from a new research report developed by Rima Athar for the APC’s “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project on Improving Corporate Policies, which talks about specific problems and guidelines on how internet intermediaries can improve their response to VAW online.

End violence: Case studies from the Philippines

Foundation for Media Alternatives for the "End violence: Women's rights and safety online project"
Foundation for Media Alternatives for the "End violence: Women's rights and safety online project" on 22 December, 2014 - 09:44
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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 Philippines were documented by country researchers from the project partner Foundation for Media Alternatives between November 2013 and April 2014 and the summaries were prepared by Richa Kaul Padte.

 
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