violence against women

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Exploring technology-related violence against women

GenderIT.org on 21 Jul 2015
We’re back (after a little break) with the third in a series of seven mini-editions highlighting the project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”. Each edition focuses on one country in which the research was conducted, and this time we’re focusing on Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH). Research here finds that the police are dismissive of violence against women (VAW), legal provisions for technology-related VAW are lacking, and women survivors of violence end up isolated from support systems. Using the voices and stories of three women survivors and research led by civil society organisation One World Platform for Southeast Europe (OWPSEE), this edition explores various facets of technology-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Inside the world of India’s badass girl gamers

Neha Mathews on 17 Jul 2015
If there’s anything I love with a passion, it’s kicking serious ass. Which is probably why, as an 8 year old, Dangerous Dave inspired equal amounts of angst and satisfaction in me. In this simple 8-bit videogame, I overcame obstacles and struggled through levels, overusing my jetpack privileges and never quite pressing the Alt-key fast enough. Okay, maybe I wasn’t a particularly good player, but I eventually made it to the end, feeling invincible for exactly 30 minutes.

HRC 29 resolution: "Accelerating efforts to eliminating all forms of violence against women: eliminating domestic violence"

on 17 Jul 2015
The Human Rights Council resolution "Accelerating efforts to eliminating all forms of violence against women: eliminating domestic violence" recognises that violence against women can include acts such as cyberbullying and cyberstalking, both expressions of online VAW.

Looking for evidence of gender inequality in sexual harassment on Twitter

Katharina Jens on 16 Jul 2015
Twitter has been chosen for this study developed by Katharina Jens, a Media and Communication graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science, because it has become a platform where abuse has become the most visible following the attacks of the women above. This thesis sets out to empirically provide evidence for the inequality produced online, by analysing a snap-shot of the sexual harassment a lot of women are experiencing daily on Twitter.

The Istanbul Convention brings the most complex view on the issue of violence against women

Michaela Svatošová on 14 Jul 2015
The Istanbul Convention is a legal document that was presented by the Council of Europe in 2011. The convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence came into force in 2014 and was ratified by 18 member states and signed by 19 thus far. However EU countries such as the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Ireland are still not on the list. The Czech government argues that before the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, the Czech legal system needs to be adjusted accordingly.

The danger of ICANN’s new Domain Registration Proposal

APC on 9 Jul 2015
APC has endorsed the Non Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG) comments to the Initial Report on the Privacy and Proxy Services published on May 5th and elaborated by the Privacy/Proxy Services Accreditation Services Issues working group, which will impact all groups and individuals that value the ability to protect their private information online. "If we claim to make efforts towards a safe and inclusive internet for all, a proposal that puts at risk significant numbers of already marginalised people is not compatible with this goal," APC states.

How technology is enabling a new generation of change makers fighting violence against women

Hera Hussain on 6 Jul 2015
Tara is a 26 year old aspiring computer engineer based in Oman. She has always excelled at her classes, exams, internships and appears to live a normal life. But what no one knows is that when at home, Tara is battling neglect, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her family.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions - Use of ICTs to secure the right to life - HRC 29 session

on 3 Jul 2015
In the present report, submitted to the Human Rights Council pursuant to its resolution 26/12, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions discusses the implications of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for the protection of the right to life.

Report of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice - HRC 29 session

on 3 Jul 2015
In this report, the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice examines discrimination against women and girls in cultural and family life.

Hate speech and hate crime - Norway's Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud’s Report

on 3 Jul 2015
This report highlights the harmful effects hate speech and hate crime have on society. Research shows that the presence of hate speech leads to more hate speech, and that the result is exclusion and polarisation. The report is based on research and experience from civil society, the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud’s advisory work as well as our dialogue and cooperation with key institutions.

Gender and Internet Governance eXchange in Asia

Flavia Fascendini on 30 Jun 2015
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.

Facebook real name policy: the frustration!

Tarryn Booysen on 26 Jun 2015
Facebook has constantly been in the spotlight for its questionable community standards. Recently, users are required to provide the name they use in real life; the reasoning for this is that, that way, you always know who you're connecting with and apparently this helps keep the online community safe.

Talking about snowflakes on the iceberg

Kateřina Fialová on 19 Jun 2015
It is late spring of 2015 and we are sitting in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, talking about a grave violation of women's human rights: violence against women (VAW). It has been a long time since I have been invited to speak about technology-based VAW to a group which is primarily working in the area of women's rights and VAW, but engages little if at all with internet rights. It is a mixture of politicians, police officers, government representatives, advocates, support organisations and academics.

Briefings on technology-related violence against women for the 29 Human Rights Council session

APC on 17 Jun 2015
APC developed a brief and a background document on technology-related violence against women to support its advocacy efforts at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council.

APC's Oral Statement on Violence against Women at the UN Human Rights Council

APC on 16 Jun 2015
During the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women at the 29th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Chat Garcia Ramilo delivered an oral statement on behalf of the Association for Progressive Communications calling on all States to develop effective responses to technology-related violence against women as a matter of urgency as part of their existing obligations to uphold women’s human rights rights.
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