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GenderIT.org @ 57th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, New York - Take part!

GenderIT.org
GenderIT.org on 6 March, 2013 - 19:15
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The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013 under the theme “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against womeni and girls.” The Association for Progressive Communicationsi Women’s Rights Programme (WRP) has a full agenda at the event as part of its advocacyi efforts supporting women’s and interneti rights. Join us!

Take Back the Tech! and GenderIT.org together on a Twitter blast! Join us!

GenderIT.org
GenderIT.org on 6 March, 2013 - 13:45
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Jointly with the Take Back the Tech!i campaign, GenderIT.orgi is taking part in a Twitter blast to contribute to put tech-related violence against womeni and girls on the table at the CSW57.

“What is your price for the night?” – From ‘sexual strangers’ to ‘sexual citizens’ using ICTs

Shehla Rashid for Internet Democracy Project
Shehla Rashid for Internet Democracy Project on 5 March, 2013 - 22:10
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EROTICSi – which stands for Exploratory Research on Sexuality and ITCs (same as ICTis)- is a global project that attempts to explore how marginalized sections are using the Interneti and the ICTs, at large, to assert their sexual rightsi. The India chapter - #EROTICSIndia - was organised in Delhi recently by the Internet Democracy Project in collaboration with South Africa based APC and Point of View, Mumbai.

VAW that is committed, abetted or aggravated through the use of ICTs and in online spaces are part of the continuum of violence

GenderIT.org
GenderIT.org on 4 March, 2013 - 17:58
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Since 2006, cyberstalkingi, online harassment, image manipulation and privacyi violations have increasingly become part of intimate-partner violence and sexual harassment, compromising women and girls' safety online and offline in many countries. Read APC's Women´s Rights Programme stateiment to the 57th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women.

APC at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York: the long walk in anti-VAW struggle

GenderIT.org
GenderIT.org on 1 March, 2013 - 12:17
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The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013 under the theme “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against womeni and girls.” The APC Women’s Rights Programme has a full agenda at the event as part of its advocacyi efforts supporting women’s and interneti rights.

Women and the web: Why internet access matters

Allison Morris
Allison Morris on 26 February, 2013 - 13:11
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When women are able to gain access to the interneti, they begin to do powerful things with it. Among women in developing nations, many of those who have been able to access the web have used it to find work, do research, and otherwise seek an additional income source for their families. The following infographic examines how now, more than ever, women in developing nations need the web.

A human rights defender: talking about international support

Yara Sallam
Yara Sallam on 6 February, 2013 - 13:43
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Manager of the Women Human Rights Defenders Program at Nazra for Feminist Studies in Egypt.

Who is a human rightsi defender? Who is a woman human rights defender? Is he the one with the fancy camera and tweeting for his thousands of followers? Is she the one with the cute face and a good English accent? Who are the ones 'we' consider worth our admiration, and more importantly now it seems, worthy of support, coverage and highlighting from international organizations and media?

Shape the future of womens' rights, now! We need more responses to our WSIS survey for civil society to have a voice!

GenderIT.org
GenderIT.org on 23 January, 2013 - 13:13
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APC would like to invite civil society organisationsi that participated in the WSIS process and that are concerned in some way with the WSIS goal of building a 'people-centred information society' to participate in a survey we are conducting as part of our WSIS +10 efforts.

Blaming the victim

Erika Smith
Erika Smith on 18 December, 2012 - 14:51
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Erika Smith is the APC Women’s Rights Project Associate. She is in charge of implementation of the “Ending violence: women’s rights and safety on the internet” project in Mexico, and also closely accompany the global and local Take Back the Tech! campaign every November 25-December 10. She is based in Mexico.

It was a bit like ping-pong - reporters, activists, and representatives from civil society organisationsi in a hot debate on privacyi in Facebook. Some pointed out how Facebook (FB) from its inception is designed to encourage giving up your innermost secrets – or at least your relationship status. That privacy configurations change frequently on FB and it's hard to keep up or understand the implications of a change.

She's begging to be raped – Twitterverse for feminists in Pakistan!

Urooj Zia for the Take Back the Tech! campaign and Bytes for All, Pakistan
Urooj Zia for the Take Back the Tech! campaign and Bytes for All, Pakistan on 17 December, 2012 - 17:20
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Urooj Zia is an Associate Editor at Chashm (http://www.chashm.net), and manages WebCon, an internet and social media consultancy (http://webcon.chashm.net).

‘She's begging to be raped.’ That's the response that many feminists in Pakistan get online from Pakistani men seeking to shut them up. This is a response from Pakistani men to women merely tweeting about issues related to sexualised violence.

Taking back the tech by tweeting for women´s rights

This selection of tweets circulated during the 2012 Take Back the Tech!i campaign spotlights some of the key issues addressed during the 16 Days as well as relevant and provocative resources regarding violence against womeni and technologies.

Stories that need to be heard

Sonia Randhawa
Sonia Randhawa on 7 December, 2012 - 18:01
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Sonia Randhawa is a former GenderIT.org editor currently doing a PhD on women journalists in Malaysia in the 1990s. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, but still calls Malaysia home.

Tonight, as I was thinking through this blogi, my three-year-old offered to help. “It's not easy,” I warned her. “You see, there was a man who hurt a woman. He hurt her lots, and told her that if she didn't keep quiet, that he'd hurt her again. But she didn't keep quiet, and she told people her story.”

Facebook support sucks

Beena Sarwar for her blog "Journeys to democracy"
Beena Sarwar for her blog "Journeys to democracy" on 3 December, 2012 - 12:40
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Beena Sarwar is a journalist, editor and documentary filmmaker (originally a painter) focusing on issues related to media, gender, human rights and peace.

Since November 22, when I made a password error, Facebook has restricted me from certain features for 30 days. Highly inconvenient because I am admin of several groups and pages (mostly related to peace and human rightsi). Each I try to take any of the above actions, I get a note saying I have been blocked from certain features because I may have violated community standards. Like which ones?

“A facebook status can get you arrested faster than killing someone now”

Rafia Shaikh
Rafia Shaikh on 23 November, 2012 - 17:36
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Rafia Shaikh is a research fellow at Digital Right Foundation focusing on women rights and digital security. She also works on Romanization of languages and loves doing translations in Sindhi and Urdu, whenever she can

In India, the largest democracy on Earth, 21-year old girl Shaheen Dhada was arrested for posting a status update on Facebook questioning the complete shutdown of cities for Bal Thackeray’s (rightwing leader notorious for inciting religious hatred and violence) funeral on Sunday, 18th November. Her friend Renu Srinivas was also arrested for “liking” the update which reportedly read: "People like Thackeray are born and die daily and one should not observe a 'bandh' [shutdown] for that." 

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