From 9 to 20 March 2015, women’s rights advocates and organisations have gathered along with member states at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), to review progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women.

For APC,’s home organisation, the focus at CSW59 is on reprioritisation of Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action , which addresses women and the media. APC and its partners are pushing for greater recognition of the ways in which the internet and other ICTs can contribute to the improvement of women’s lives and their ability to exercise their rights, but also for acknowledgement of the need to address problems such as technology-based violence against women. Read our 10 points on Section J to learn more about how technology issues impact women’s rights.

At CSW59, APC is also launching the final findings from its multi-country research on technology-related violence against women, which reveals a lack of access to justice for survivors.


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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?

How technology issues impact women’s rights: 10 points on Section J

APC's advocacy for the re-prioritisation of Section J at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women asks governments to recognise the critical role that the media and ICT play in both advancing and stifling women's rights. At the same time, it is vital that women's rights activists and organisations examine how ICT affects their work and take up Section J demands.
To that end, 10 Points on Section J describes ICT's growing impact on a variety of issues related to women's rights, from access and agency to economics and ecology. Learn more about each of the 10 issues and related demands and draw on this resource as you work to inject gender equality into all aspects of media and technology, increasing women's ability to fully enjoy their rights online and off.

From impunity to justice: Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women

A new series of reports by the Association for Progressive Communications presents findings from a multi-country research project on technology-related violence against women (VAW). The research – which reveals a lack of access to justice for survivors – highlights the voices and experiences of women who have faced technology-related VAW and sought justice through state agencies and internet intermediaries.