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The digital mirror: Women’s relative invisibility in traditional media crosses over into digital platforms

This article highlights some of the 2015 findings of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), coordinated by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), in regard to digital news in particular. Since 1995, the GMMP, at five-year intervals, has measured the pace of change in women’s media representation and participation. In 2015, evidence from over 100 countries confirms that progress has been overwhelmingly slow.

This article highlights some of the 2015 findings of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), coordinated by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), in regard to digital news in particular. Since 1995, the GMMP, at five-year intervals, has measured the pace of change in women’s media representation and participation. In 2015, evidence from over 100 countries confirms that progress has been overwhelmingly slow.

Diversity, gender, and rights: All videos from IGF 2015 in one place

Flavia Fascendini put together the videos from all discussions at the IGF 2015 which concerned gender issues, women's and sexual rights, bringing forward the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

Threats on her phone and footsteps behind her back

Nina finished her work day at the high-fashion clothing store in the biggest shopping mall in Sarajevo. She sighed, remembering everything she had to go through to get out of that violent and abusive relationship that she endured for three years. One thousand and ninety-five days until she found the strength and support to end it. But that was just one step in the continuum of violence that would come afterwards.

Nina* finished her work day at the high-fashion clothing store in the biggest shopping mall in Sarajevo, after tagging the new clothes they had received that morning and placing them on the bright red shelves. She said goodbye to the rest of the staff remaining, and left for home. While walking, she thought Sarajevo looked more beautiful than in her teenage days, long before the whole nightmare with her former partner began. She sighed, remembering everything she had to go through to get out of that violent and abusive relationship that she endured for three years.

What do women expect for this 10th IGF?

GenderIT.org asked many of the participants in the Gender and Internet Governance eXchanges (gigX) from three different regions what they expected for this year's 10th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil, in terms of women's and sexual rights, gender, and internet governance.

GenderIT.org asked many of the participants in the Gender and Internet Governance eXchanges (gigX) from three different regions what they expected for this year’s 10th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil, in terms of women’s and sexual rights, gender, and internet governance.

Gender and minorities issues to be on the agenda

“We need to maximise the benefits of the internet for people’s rights. I mean we need to find a space on the internet for minorities and for the forgotten who cannot raise their voices in their states because of majority despotism.

Gender and Internet Governance eXchange in Asia

To start off our series of gigX, APC in collaboration with the Foundation for Media Alternatives, held a 2-day event on the 29 and 30 June 2015 where advocates from the region came together to exchange knowledge on the intersections of women’s rights and internet governance.

“Shut up you bitch”: Some thoughts on women speaking up, internet trolls and ignorance

After attending an interesting workshop on digital violence and hate speech in Buenos Aires, I returned home with some questions. These are a few notes on how online hate speech operates to silence women – regardless of their public status.

“That’s an excellent suggestion, Miss Triggs. Perhaps one of the men here would like to make it.” (Punch cartoon)

At the end of June I attended a workshop organised by the Centre for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the topic “Digital violence and hate speech”, which dealt with the tensions between advocates for freedom of expression and the victims of online violence against women (VAW).

Technology-related VAW addressed by report of Special Rapporteur on violence against women

The report produced by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences contains the findings following her visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from March to April 2014. The report flags technology-related violence as one of the ways in which VAW manifests, pointing specially to online harmful behaviours such as humiliation, harassment, intimidation and “sexting”.

The report produced by the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences from May 2015 contains the findings following her visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 31 March to 15 April 2014.

It examines the situation of violence against women in the country taking into account its causes and consequences and its implications for the effective exercise and enjoyment of all human rights by women.

Take Back the Tech! campaign wins The Bobs award in People’s Choice for English category

Among over 4,800 submissions, APC’s Take Back the Tech! campaign was recognised with the prestigious award The Bobs in the People’s Choice for English category.

A Bangladeshi blogger risking her life to write about her country’s secular principles (Bonya’s Blog), a Syrian-Palestinian boy running for his life in a videogame (Zaytoun, the little refugee) and a Mexican volunteer community bridging the digital divide and helping others protect their privacy (Rancho Electrónico): these are some of this year’s winners of the prestigious award The Bobs as selected

RightsCon 2015: Cyber sex(y), gender balance and violence

Civil society organisations, engineers, activists, lawyers, companies and governments gathered in Manila on 24-25 March to address the subject of the internet and human rights in this rapidly evolving region, in an effort to protect the open internet and defend the digital rights of its users. APC and members organised several panels were violence against women online and survivor's access to justice, hate speech, sexual rights and sexuality on the internet were discussed.

Civil society organisations, engineers, activists, lawyers, companies and governments gathered in Manila on 24-25 March to address the subject of the internet and human rights in this rapidly evolving region, in an effort to protect the open internet and defend the digital rights of its users. APC and members organised several panels were violence against women online and survivor's access to justice, hate speech, sexual rights and sexuality on the internet were discussed.

Join APC's campaign and events at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York

Between 9 and 20 March, APC's Women's Rights Programme members will be attending the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. This year the main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which turns 20. How far have we come, and how can you participate?

WHAT IS THE 59TH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN?

The main focus of the session will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.

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