Secure communications essential to women's rights defenders

Women's human rightsi defenders all over the world are taking advantage of the power of ICTinformation and communications technology. ">is, using them to leverage their advocacyThe American Heritage Dictionaries on ">i and build capacity. Perhaps most important, these women are using new technologies to extend their networks and foster community, combating the isolation experienced by many women and women's rights defendersWHRD IC, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders">i.

More and more, women everywhere are exercising their right to freedom of associationArticle 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights">i through ICTs.

Between four walls: sweeping sexual abuse under the carpet

Nighat Dad from the Pakistan MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project documents the story of a girl who sought her advice at the “Take Back The Tech” event, in Peshawar. The girl was 14 years old, and she was sexual abused for the last 6 years.

The first time she was sexually abused, she was 14 years old. She broke into tears while telling me her story. I met this girl at the “Take Back The Tech” event, in Peshawar, where she came to me after my session on sexual harassment and cyber legislation. She asked me, “what should a girl do when she has been facing sexual abuse from her biological father for the last 6 years?” I was numbed.

Social Outsourcing as a Development Tool

Social outsourcing means the contracting out of goods or services to social enterprises. When used by government, it can be seen as a hybrid of the workfare outsourcing found in wage employment schemes, and the commercial outsourcing of government activities
to the private sector.

Gender and citizenship in the information society

Arpita Joshi reports on a recent workshop organized by IT for Change, her home organization, in April 2011 in New Delhi. The workshop was the part of Asia-wide research programme 'Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society (CITIGEN)' and brought together researchers, scholars and practitioners to share their views on democracy and women's participation, new articulations of citizenship in the information society and other issues at stake.

The Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society (CITIGEN), launched in 2010, is an Asia-wide research programme co-ordinated by IT for Change and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). It aims to explore how marginalised women can aspire to take advantage of the promise of ICTinformation and communications technology. ">is for greater social inclusion.

Feminist Tech Exchange - using technology in activism on women's rights (video, 15mins)

Dafne Plou presents on how dozens of Feminist Technology Exchanges - a series of capacity building workshops - are building the skills of women's rights organisations to use information and communication technologies in campaigning, monitoring and documentation to end violence against women. This presentation was part of the "Take Back The Tech! Reclaiming technology for women's rights" session at the 55th Commission on the Status of Women, on 25 February 2011. The session was chaired by Jan Moolman, from the Association for Progressive Communications.

EROTICS: Exploratory research on sexuality and the internet - summary report

What is the value of the internet in the exercise of sexual rights? From 2008 to 2010, the EROTICS research sought to answer this question, aiming to bridge the gap between policy and legislative measures that regulate content and practice on the internet, and the actual lived practices, experiences and concerns of internet users in the exercise of their sexual rights. The summary report provides an overview of the research, and surfaces the key areas of concern, interest and findings of five national studies.

Gender Evaluation Methodology: Helping assess the gender impact of development work

The Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs, or GEM, is a powerful tool developed by the Association for Progressive CommunicationsAssociation for Progressive Communications.

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">idifferential outcomes and impact of development work in information and communication technologies. GenderIT.orgSource: APC Annual Report 2006 ">i editor Sonia Randhawa interviews GEM research and services coordinator Angela Kuga Thas about GEM’s latest round of application in the field and how it has been refined through these field trials.

Asia-Pacific: Collecting Data on “Digital” Violence

Lalaine P. Viado reports on the “Workshop on Strengthening National Capacities to Collect Violence Against Women Statistics in the Asia-Pacific Region” which took place on 20-21 September 2010 in Bangkok. The workshop is part of inter-regional efforts to develop indicators to measure violence against women.

One year after attending the Beijing+15 review by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), I was back at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangikok.

APC WNSP was invited as an NGO expert to participate in the “Workshop on Strengthening National Capacities to Collect Violence Against WomenStyle Information: N/a Source: ">i Statistics in the Asia-Pacific Region” held on 20-21 September 2010. With the online and offline collaboration and support of the entire APC WNSP staff who have been with the Programme longer than I have, I came to the workshop representing APC WNSP.

Philippines: Violence against women and ICT

Philippine government has practically
ratified all international instruments that are relevant in promoting

Women, Gender & Media

The Asia Media Summit Pre-Workshop on Gender, Kuala Lumpur, 8 May 2005 Gender, Women and the Media: An Overview

This paper was presented at The Asia Media Summit Pre-Workshop on Gender, Kuala Lumpur, 8 May 2005. It outlines a brief overview on the issue of women, gender and the media at two levels, and some strategies that can be explored in order to address the situation. The summit is registered as a “Regional Thematic Meeting” with a view to contributing to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis in November 2005.

Cambodia: Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies

Violence against women (VAW) is prevalent in Cambodia despite being under-rep

Malaysia: Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies

Although violence against women (VAW) is a widely recognised problem in Malaysia, there are significant challenges to its er

Search history: Examining pornography on the internet

Namita Malhotra examines in this paper, the discourse of pornography in relation to the internet in India. She interrogates the Indian women's movements negotiation with issues around sexuality and censorship, as well as the various legislative, cultural, and ethical debates that intersect around this issue in recent years.

Mainstreaming Gender Issues in ICT Policy Development - Draft

This is a draft copy of a research conducted by FMA to look into gender mainstreaming

">i efforts in ICT policy policy. Style Information: n/a">i development. in the Philippines. In particular, Section 4 of the research is culled to demonstrate and examine ICTinformation and communications technology. ">i policy in the current Philippines context, with attention to the inclusion of gender
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within its processes.

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