Reports

IGF Best practice forum on Gender and Access (2016): Overcoming barriers to enable women's meaningful internet access

on 13 Jun 2017
The BPF is collaborating with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN University on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) in its important endeavour to research and map projects and initiatives that aim to address different gender digital divides around the world. The objective of this collaborative data-gathering process is to help stakeholders better understand women and girls’ diverse needs in accessing and using the Internet, promoting gender equality, and investigating how ICTs can be leveraged to empower women and girls in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Internet use barriers and user strategies: perspectives from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda

Chenai Chair on 28 Mar 2017
The introduction of OTT services that replace regular messaging applications in built into a phone, definitely has an impact on internet use. OTT services have become the main entry point to the Internet for most users in the prepaid mobile environment that characterises most African markets. This comparative country study, based on focus groups conducted in November 2016 in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa, sought to develop evidence of why people, use the Internet the way they do, specifically when their data is subsidised. The study is meant to inform policy making and especially discourse around internet rights.

Mobile Phone: A Public Tool (Civic Participation, Education and Health)

on 20 Oct 2016
This study led by Digital Empowerment Foundation analyses 14 projects that are active in India in the arena of civic participation, education and health, and examines its impact on women stakeholders. One of the objectives is to understand how mobile phones are benefiting women frontline workers (teachers, auxiliary nurses) and mothers; however, the study's main findings are that accessibility and availability of local content are two major challenges of using ICTs among women.

Internet control points as LGBT rights mediation

on 2 May 2016
Conflicts over lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, similar to other social struggles, are increasingly materializing within technical functions of Internet governance and architecture rather than at the surface level of content.

Keeping women safe? Gender, online harassment and Indian law

on 1 May 2016
Findings of the Internet Democracy Project research study, ‘”Don’t Let It Stand!”: An Exploratory Study of Women and Verbal Online Abuse in India’, indicate that women in India develop a variety of strategies to deal with the verbal threats they face. However, these strategies very rarely include the law,resulting in a silence around questions of legal effectiveness and recourse for online verbal abuse.

The Role of Gender-based Innovations for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

on 20 Apr 2016
This report was inspired by the scientific evidence examined during the *Gender Summit 6 Asia-Pacific*, in Seoul on 26-28 August 2015, showing how research and innovation outcomes are influenced by biological and social differences between females and males, and by the growing scientific consensus to integrate gender as a dimension of quality and impact in research.

Digital dividens - World Development Report 2016

on 31 Mar 2016
Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. In many instances digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities,and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed.

The 2015-16 Affordability Report

on 17 Mar 2016
The 2015-16 Affordability Report looks at the affordability environment across 51 countries, considers the effects of poverty and income inequality and takes a close look at gender inequality in access to the internet. A4AI considers that the connectivity lag will undermine global development across the board, contributing to lost opportunities for economic growth and denying hundreds of millions access to online education, health services, political voice, and much more.

Women's rights online: Translating access into empowerment

on 11 Mar 2016
New research by the Web Foundation shows that the dramatic spread of mobile phones is not enough to get women online, or to achieve empowerment of women through technology. The study, based on a survey of thousands of poor urban men and women across nine developing countries, found that while nearly all women and men own a phone, women are still nearly 50% less likely to access the internet than men in the same communities, with Internet use reported by just 37% of women surveyed. Once online, women are 30-50% less likely than men to use the internet to increase their income or participate in public life.

Violence against women and the use of information and communications technologies in Jamaica

on 10 Mar 2016
Existing research points out that a large number of women and girls in Jamaica suffer from gender based violence. In fact, violence against women (VAW) is a problem throughout the Caribbean region. There is a lack of research in Jamaica on the topic of violence against women and the use of information and communications technologies that can inform policy-makers and those in support services. This research project addresses that gap through the collection of empirical data that included a national survey of Internet users, interviews with survivors of abuse, focus groups, and expert interviews.

New Challenges to Freedom of Expression: Countering Online Abuse of Female Journalists

on 13 Feb 2016
This report provides recommendations by the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, on how participating States, media organizations and intermediaries can assist in ensuring that female journalists and media actors can work without fear and exercise their human right to freedom of expression.

Global Media Monitoring Project 2015 Reports

The Global Media Monitoring Project is a worldwide media monitoring, research and advocacy project implemented collaboratively with women’s rights organizations, grassroots groups, media associations, faith-based / interfaith organizations, university students and researchers across the world. The 2015 results are available!

Technology-related violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Si Jeunesse Savait on 20 Jan 2016
This report emerges from research carried out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between November 2013 and April 2014 by Si Jeunesse Savait and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) as part of a multi-country project entitled “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”. Mobile phones had been the most frequently involved platform in the cases of technology-related VAW explored by the local research team. In all three of the cases, the survivors were victim to multiple acts of violence, either by the same person or different people who, for the most part, were in better control of the technology than the victims.

Kenya country report: Technology-related violence against women

Mary Onyango on 20 Jan 2016
The research project is part of the remedies for victims/survivors of technology-related forms of violence against women (VAW). The project is an implementation by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in partnership with seven countries: Mexico, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Philippines, Pakistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

IGF 2015 Best Practice Forum: Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence Against Women Report

on 12 Jan 2016
The 2015 IGF Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence Against Women used an open and inclusive process to gather a broad variety of views and inputs on this multidimensional problem over nine months. As a result of this community-driven process, the BPF’s draft findings reflect a rich diversity of responses from various stakeholders and regions regarding the issue.
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