From impunity to justice

Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women 2012-2015 Association for Progressive Communications' research.


Top 5 findings

41 % of cases are perpetrated by someone known to the survivor. Learn more

60% of reported cases are not investigated by the authorities. Learn more

Action was taken by the internet service provider in less than 1/3 of the reported cases. Learn more

Legislation need to focus on redress and relief over criminalisation. Learn more

Social media are lacking transparency around reporting and redress processes. Learn more

What is technology-related violence against women?

Technology-related violence against women - such as cyberstalking, harassment and misogynist speech - encompasses acts of gender-based violence that are committed, abetted or aggravated, in part or fully, by the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as phones, the internet, social media platforms, and email. Technology-related violence against women is part of the same continuum as violence against women offline.

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Case studies

If I reported it to the police they’d turn around and say, “You deserved what happened to you.”
Bayhaya, Pakistan

“I considered committing suicide, because I figured that this would send the message that this wasn’t a game.”
Séraphine, the Democratic Republic of Congo

“Following an increasing number of threats – both physical and via email – we have designed and implemented self-protection measures.“
Antonia, Colombia

“They told me that they can block a person only after he has called you three times a day. He obviously knew this rule, because he never called more than two times per day... I felt terrified.”
Alma, Bosnia

“He created enemies between me and my friends and family. It was my account, so nobody believed that I didn’t send those messages.”
Che, Kenya

“I didn’t want to leave the house. I was terrified and felt guilty. I wanted to shut myself away from the world.”
Louisa, Mexico

"I intend to fight, win or lose. Whatever happens, at least I have fought for my rights. If you keep quiet for life, more women will be victimised.”
Ruby, Philippines

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