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Women's Legal and Human Rights Bureau (Philippines)

The Women’s Legal and Human Rightsi Bureau (WLB) is a feminist legal non-governmenti organization from Philippines composed of women’s rights activists and advocates since 1990.

Finding the balance: Women's rights and the internet in the Philippines

Sonia Randhawa
Sonia Randhawa on 5 April, 2012 - 10:09
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Sonia Randhawa is the member of GenderIT.org's pool of writers. She produces a community radio programme, Accent of Women, available at www.3cr.org.au, and a member of ISIS-International Manila. Sonia is based in Australia/Malaysia.
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GenderIT.orgi writer Sonia Randhawa speak with Jelen Paclarin, executive director of the Women's Legal and Human Rightsi Bureau (WLB) in the Philippines, about the potential of the UPR to improve the lives of women in Philippines, the emerging forms of technology-related VAW and key challenges in addressing it, and the importance of women's representation in policyi-making processes.

Submission to the UPR: Women’s access to justice in the Philippines

Women´s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc
Women´s Legal and Human Rights Bureau, Inc on 4 April, 2012 - 15:14
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The submission to the UPR process elaborated by the Women´s Legal and Human Rightsi Bureau, Inc from the Philippines addresses the issue of women’s access to justice in the country, which highlights technology-related violence against womeni (VAW) as an emerging form of VAW. The submission also looks at the gaps and challenges in available domestic remedies to survivors of violence and abuse against women online, criticizing that existing laws on VAW do not guarantee the prosecution of technology-related VAW. It further highlights the importance of women’s access to the interneti and their representation in policyi processes as integral to their right to access to justice.

 

Mapping the intersection of technology and gender-based violence

Sonia Randhawa
Sonia Randhawa on 14 December, 2011 - 10:00 · Arab States
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Sonia Randhawa is the member of GenderIT.org's pool of writers. She produces a community radio programme, Accent of Women, available at www.3cr.org.au, and a member of ISIS-International Manila. Sonia is based in Australia/Malaysia.
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On 25 November 2011, Take Back The Tech!i campaign launched an interactive map that allows interneti users to share their stories, local news and personal experiences of gender-based violence they faced online or through the use of mobile phone technologies. As of 7 December, the map has recorded 103 stories from across the globe, with the majority of stories coming from Africa, Latin America and Asia. Sonia Randhawa draws on the data collected through the mapping platform and looks at some of the trends this data reveals to us about technology-related violence against womeni.

Who's gonna track me?

Flavia Fascendini
Flavia Fascendini on 13 September, 2011 - 21:37
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Flavia Fascendini is a social communicator. Since January 2007, she works as the GenderIT.org Spanish/Portuguese site editor.
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Flavia Fascendini looks at the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rightsi defenders -- which, for the first time in history, focuses on the situation of women's human rightsi defenders. Drawing on the report's findings, she talks to South-East Asian women's activists about the unique security risks they face online.

Connectedness or alienation?

Maya Ganesh
Maya Ganesh on 13 September, 2011 - 17:25 · Arab States
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Maya Ganesh is an independent researcher and writer based in Bombay, India. She works on gender, media and culture, sexuality and rights
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Women's human rightsi activist Edna Aquino remarks on how ICTis have impacted her work, presenting both new opportunities and new risks. In her interview with new GenderIT.orgi writer, Maya Ganesh, Edna argues that activists using ICTs must be mindful of alienating women with the use of excessive jargon, and must always be keenly aware that there are inherent risks in online communications. However, she argues that these problems can be remedied through secure online communications training and capacity building.

“Defending yourself means defending your community”

Jennifer Radloff and Running Toddler
Jennifer Radloff and Running Toddler on 13 September, 2011 - 16:24
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Jennifer is a South African feminist who has worked regionally and globally on the issue of women's right to communicate and ICTs for social change since 1994. She currently coordinates APC's work in supporting women human rights defenders use of ICTs securely through capacity building. This is part of the APC's Connect your rights! Internet rights are human rights campaign. Running Toddler was a participant of a workshop in secure online communications for women human rights defenders
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In the second part of the interview with c5 and anonymous, the trainers from the secure online communications workshop provide strategies for mitigating some of the dangers for women's human rightsi defenders. While examining the practices of policyi-makers, interneti intermediaries and every day users, they conclude that security means more than just awareness -- it requires behavioural change.

The changing face of women's rights activism: be careful what you say online

Jennifer Radloff and Running Toddler
Jennifer Radloff and Running Toddler on 13 September, 2011 - 15:49
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Jennifer is a South African feminist who has worked regionally and globally on the issue of women's right to communicate and ICTs for social change since 1994. She currently coordinates APC's work in supporting women human rights defenders use of ICTs securely through capacity building. This is part of the APC's Connect your rights! Internet rights are human rights campaign. Running Toddler was a participant of a workshop in secure online communications for women human rights defenders.
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Jennifer Radloff, GenderIT.orgi contributor, and Running Toddler, a participant of a recently hosted workshop in secure online communications for women human rights defendersi, interviewed the workshop's trainers, c5 and anonymous. In this first part of the interview, the trainers talk about their experience in training activists and human rights defenders to use technology securely, and the challenges inherent in communicating safely as feminists and women's human rightsi defenders, and the importance of awareness that these technologies can both serve us and put us at risk.

Violence is Not our Culture Campaign

The Violence is Not our Culture (VNC) Campaign was founded in 2007 and is a global network of organisations and individuals committed to end all forms of discrimination and violence against women (VAW) being justified in the name of culture and/or religion. Such forms of gender-based violence include stoning, whipping/lashing, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and “honour” killings. The Campaign is now present in Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Secure communications essential to women's rights defenders

Grady Johnson
Grady Johnson on 29 August, 2011 - 13:32
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Grady Johnson is a writer and researcher focused on issues of freedom of expression. He is a major contributor to APC's Internet Rights Monitor and the new "Connect your rights: Internet rights are human rights" campaign. Grady also acts as GenderIT.org English Language Editor. He is based in Ottawa, Canada.
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Grady speaks to women's human rightsi defenders from India and Philippines who use ICTis in their work. They share their views how the right to freedom of associationi is exercised by women through ICTs. Speaking from their own experience, they dispelled some of the common myths surrounding the interneti and ICTs use.

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