Brazil: Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies
brazil, vaw, ict, violence against women, information and communication technologies, mdg3
every 100 women murdered in Brazil,
70 were killed in their homes, and 66 of them by their spouses,
partners or boyfriends. Forty percent of
the violence women suffer leaves serious physical consequences. The
Interamerican Convention against Violence against
Women (1993), that was passed in a Brazilian city, Berem do
Para, and the Brazilian Maria da Penha Law
changed society's and the courts'
perspective on violence against womenStyle Information: N/a
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From then on, VAW has been taken seriously in Brazil, slowly
overcoming patriarchal perspectives, discrimination and
prejudices. The state"government" in this glossary). As a general rule, "state" should not be capitalised.
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percent of Brazil's population
regularly uses the interneti (approximately
65 million people), but cell phones are even more
common (82 cell phones per 100 people).
According to statistics, people
spend more time connected to the internet in Brazil than in any other
country, an average of 25 hours per month. Brazil's
broadcasting law contemplates radio and TV while a separate
telecommunicationsi law refers to satellites and cyberspacei.
VAW in media is discussed in the report, with examples of
advertisements and TV shows. The first National
Conference on Communications will be held in
December 2009, where government"state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.
Source: Wikipedia">i, civil society and media companies will discuss communications issues. Social movements have high expectations regarding this national debate. Social networks like Orkut and Twitter are popular in Brazil and there are denouncements of VAW practices, like cyber-bullying teenage girls. But ICTs are also used for prevention and assistance of VAW survivors and government services and police maintain assistance phone networks using ICTs. Twitter and Orkut have also been used for anti-VAW campaigns.
Main recommendations for action:
There are recommendations for government: to use ICTs to prevent VAW, to enhance women´s rights by their own use of ICTs to communicate if they suffer violence, to use ICTs for assisting survivors (hotlines, counseling by phone or the internet, etc.) There are also recommendations to government to increase digital inclusion in the country.
For social movements, recommendations include ICT strategic useAPC Annual Report 2005">i to prevent violence and assist survivors, for campaigning, research, identifying prevention mechanisms, etc. The prevention of VAW should also be included in social movements´agendas.
Recommendations for the APC WNSP include working with Brazilian organisations on several gender and ICT issues, already discussed in APC WNSP main documents and papers: access, control, education, training and skills development.
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