violence against women

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.

Why I decided to study feminist activism on social media

Sujatha Subramanian on 15 Jun 2015
"As part of my research, I found it important to not just study and document such instances of misogynistic violence in online spaces but also instances of activism, of resistance, of solidarity," states Sujatha Subramanian in this great article that tracks back the path she walked to write "From the streets to the web: Looking at feminist activism on social media".

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).

Philippines: Exploring technology-related violence against women and children on 8 Jun 2015
We’re back! – with the second in a series of seven mini-editions highlighting APC’s project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”. Each edition focuses on one country where we carried out the research, and this time round, we’ll look at the Philippines. Bringing together articles, key findings and an interview with the research team, this edition looks at cases ranging from celebrity sex videos to child pornography, and draws attention to various socio-economic realities in the Philippines. Based on research carried out by communication rights organisation Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), here we explore various facets of technology-related violence against women and children in the Philippines.
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