Hidden figures - A look at technology-mediated violence against women in India

Anita Gurumurthy on 11 Jun 2018
IT for Change held a consultation in 2017 on the various forms of gender based cyber violence that affects women in India. Here various researchers and speakers gathered to share their data, insight and questions on the kinds of online violence faced by women in different professions, strata and social locations - from vernacular journalists to students in colleges, rural and urban women. This article also looks at various legal mechanisms and solutions offered by the state and what could be the way to address online violence.

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

Flavia Fascendini on 15 Jun 2015
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”.

Gender violence on the internet: The Philippine experience

Lisa Garcia on 15 Jun 2015
The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) prepared this country report as part of the broader study conducted by the Association for Progressive Communications on "End violence: Women’s rights and safety online," which involve seven different countries. It looks into the existing legal remedies and corporate policies in the Philippines as they relate to technology-related violence against women (VAW).

Of celebrity sex tapes and child porn: talking about technology-related violence in the Philippines

Syar S. Alia on 8 Jun 2015
The Philippines was one of seven countries covered by APC’s research project “End violence: Women's rights and safety online”. The research in the Philippines was done in association with the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA). Here, Syar S. Alia speaks to FMA’s programme coordinator for gender and ICT, Lisa S. Garcia, to take a closer look at the research findings.

Erika Smith: "It’s society’s responsibility, the companies’, and our countries’ to keep us safe"

on 7 May 2014
People Links is a monthly online gathering hosted by May First/People Link members, for members and open to the public. On 27 March they hosted a discussion on technology-related violence against women and the tensions that exist between combating hate speech and the right to freedom of expression. The discussion featured Erika Smith from the APC Women's Rights Programme (WRP).

Power of stories to reclaim women's rights

on 14 Dec 2012
The 2012 "Take Back the Tech! campaign":, a collaborative campaign that takes place annually during the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence":, featured 16 stories for 16 days. Each of these stories presented a different way how internet and mobile technologies affect the lives of women and girls around the world. "One of these stories was from Nica and Jothi": from the "Foundation for Media Alternatives":, who wrote about their struggle for legal redress for technology-related violence against women in Philippines claiming that _“without the full recognition of women’s human rights, the path to recognition can sometimes act to cripple instead of empower”._ Because, ultimately, what does women rights mean if they can not be practiced? What does the right to a life free of violence mean, if many women are not able to enjoy it? What does internet rights are if women can not communicate safely? This edition, "editorialized by Françoise Mukuku": from the Democratic Republic of Congo, reflects on some of issues emerged from these stories of survivor and courage. _Image taken from the "feminist flashmob for women´s rights video": co-organised by the Fundation for Media Alternatives as part of the actions for the Take Back the Tech!, which took place in the Plaza Miranda from Manila, Philippines, to celebrate the International Day of Human Rights"_ .

Taking back the tech by tweeting for women´s rights on 12 Dec 2012
This selection of tweets circulated during the 2012 Take Back the Tech! campaign spotlights some of the key issues addressed during the 16 Days as well as relevant and provocative resources regarding violence against women and technologies.

CyberStalked: Our Story

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
The story of Cynthia Armistead, the founder of the site Cyberstalked (<a href="" target="blank"> </a>). The site originally began as a place to refute the defamation spread about Cynthia and her family across the internet. In this story, Cynthia shares her and her daughter experiences of being target of online harassment and stalking over period of several years.
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