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

8 January 2015

By End violence: Women's rights and safety online country partners

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. The project explored the adequacy and effectiveness of domestic legal remedies and corporate policies/redress mechanisms to address the issue of technology-related violence against women (VAW).

The in-depth case studies were developed by country partners between November 2013 and April 2014 and the summaries were prepared by Richa Kaul Padte. The case studies put the emphasison women’s voices and looking at how women exercise and negotiate agency in different situations and contexts. The case studies included interviewing survivors, lawyers, police officers and service providers. There were a total of 24 case studies conducted across 7 countries. The three primary criteria for identifying case studies were:

  • a) that it must be a VAW case as defined by the UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (DEVAW),
  • b) that it must be committed via ICTs, and
  • c) that the woman must have attempted to access justice through the legal system.

Read them by country:

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Colombia

Democratic Republic of Congo

Kenya

Mexico

Pakistan

Philippines

This research is part of the APC “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) and is based on a strong alliance with partners in seven countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines.

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A case study from Bosnia and Herzegovina: How a fake Facebook profile threatened to destroy one family’s life970.96 KB
A case study from Bosnia and Herzegovina: When an ex-boyfriend’s violence turns digital952.92 KB
A case study from Bosnia and Herzegovina: An obsession turns violent across digital platforms994.91 KB
A case study from Colombia: One woman’s uphill battle for justice against her ex-boyfriend893.47 KB
A case study from Colombia: Harassment, impunity and failed laws846.68 KB
A case study from Colombia: Of nude photographs and a culture of impunity838.85 KB
A case study from Colombia: A relationship ends but the violence continues867 KB
A case study from Democratic Republic of Congo: A reputation destroyed855.22 KB
A case study from Democratic Republic of Congo: "Just like the boys"841.48 KB
A case study from Democratic Republic of Congo: "My ex tarnished my image"866.97 KB
A case study from Kenya: When domestic violence enters the digital era860.45 KB
A case study from Kenya: When password theft turns into domestic violence797.1 KB
A case study from Kenya: When a stolen photograph leads to threats of violence871.46 KB
A case study from Kenya: Violence against women on the campaign trail834.65 KB
A case study from Mexico: Kidnapped by mobile phone837.97 KB
A case study from Mexico: Persistent harassment plagues lesbian activists896.09 KB
A case study from Mexico: When a morphed video leads to further harassment862 KB
A case study from Mexico: A defamatory Facebook profile brings violence into marriages895.42 KB
A case study from Pakistan: When women’s human rights are deemed “blasphemous”871.79 KB
A case study from Pakistan: Gender violence in a volatile political landscape889.64 KB
A case study from Pakistan: When a sex video is used as blackmail858.98 KB
A case study from the Philippines: An illicit video and one woman’s battle for justice851.95 KB
A case study from the Philippines: When nude photographs are dragged into the limelight859.49 KB
A case study from the Philippines: Child pornography pays the bills in Cordova877.83 KB
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