endVaw research

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Exploring technology-related violence against women

OneWorldSEE on 21 Jul 2015
This report emerges from research carried out in Bosnia and Herzegovina between July 2013 and April 2014 by One World Platform for South East Europe (OWPSEE) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) as part of a seven-country project entitled “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”.

From fake accounts to harassing phone calls: talking about technology-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lamia Kosovic on 21 Jul 2015
Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of seven countries covered by APC's research project “End Violence: Women's rights and safety online”. The research in BIH was done in association with One World Platform for Southeast Europe (OWPSEE). The report uses three in-depth case studies to assess legal instruments, corporate policies, and women’s access to justice. Here, writer Lamia Kosovic speaks to two members of the OWPSEE research team, Valentina Pellizzer and Aida Mahmutović, taking us behind the scenes of the BIH research.

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

on 17 Jul 2015
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.

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.

The danger of ICANN’s new Domain Registration Proposal

APC on 9 Jul 2015
APC has endorsed the Non Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) comments to the Initial Report on the Privacy and Proxy Services published on May 5th and elaborated by the Privacy/Proxy Services Accreditation Services Issues working group, which will impact all groups and individuals that value the ability to protect their private information online. "If we claim to make efforts towards a safe and inclusive internet for all, a proposal that puts at risk significant numbers of already marginalised people is not compatible with this goal," APC states.

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

on 3 Jul 2015
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.

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

on 3 Jul 2015
This report highlights the harmful effects hate speech and hate crime have on society. Research shows that the presence of hate speech leads to more hate speech, and that the result is exclusion and polarisation. The report is based on research and experience from civil society, the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud’s advisory work as well as our dialogue and cooperation with key institutions.

Gender and Internet Governance eXchange in Asia

Flavia Fascendini on 30 Jun 2015
To start off our series of gigX, APC in collaboration with the Foundation for Media Alternatives, held a 2-day event on the 29 and 30 June 2015 where advocates from the region came together to exchange knowledge on the intersections of women’s rights and internet governance.

Talking about snowflakes on the iceberg

Kateřina Fialová on 19 Jun 2015
It is late spring of 2015 and we are sitting in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, talking about a grave violation of women's human rights: violence against women (VAW). It has been a long time since I have been invited to speak about technology-based VAW to a group which is primarily working in the area of women's rights and VAW, but engages little if at all with internet rights. It is a mixture of politicians, police officers, government representatives, advocates, support organisations and academics.

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

APC on 17 Jun 2015
APC developed a brief and a background document on technology-related violence against women to support its advocacy efforts at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council.

APC's Oral Statement on Violence against Women at the UN Human Rights Council

APC on 16 Jun 2015
During the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women at the 29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Chat Garcia Ramilo delivered an oral statement on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications calling on all States to develop effective responses to technology-related violence against women as a matter of urgency as part of their existing obligations to uphold women’s human rights rights.

Gender violence on the internet: The Philippine experience

Lisa Garcia on 15 Jun 2015
The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) prepared this country report as part of the broader study conducted by the Association for Progressive Communications on "End violence: Women’s rights and safety online," which involve seven different countries. It looks into the existing legal remedies and corporate policies in the Philippines as they relate to technology-related violence against women (VAW).

Of celebrity sex tapes and child porn: talking about technology-related violence in the Philippines

Syar S. Alia on 8 Jun 2015
The Philippines was one of seven countries covered by APC’s research project “End violence: Women's rights and safety online”. The research in the Philippines was done in association with the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA). Here, Syar S. Alia speaks to FMA’s programme coordinator for gender and ICT, Lisa S. Garcia, to take a closer look at the research findings.

Twitter lessons learned: WAM!'s report reveals findings that support and enhance APC's research

Sara Baker on 1 Jun 2015
In late 2014 the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) began publishing findings from our seven-country End Violence research project, which included an analysis of Twitter's reporting procedures. Case studies that involved abuse on Twitter and steps the company could take to improve the safety of their platform. Around the same time, the US organisation Women, Action and the Media (WAM!) became an authorised reporter on Twitter, which meant they could receive harassment reports directly from users and escalate them with Twitter staff.

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.
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