Colombia: Exploring technology-related violence against women

Posted Mon 23 Nov 2015 - 00:00 | 6,582 views
This is the fifth in a series of 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 brings together major findings, and interviews with the research teams. Drawing on four documented case studies, the Columbia research documents some of the characteristics of online violence against women, including the different routes women took in search of protection and remedies for these situations.

Mexico: Exploring technology-related violence against women

Posted Mon 23 Nov 2015 - 00:00 | 3,649 views
Welcome to the fourth in a series of 7 mini-editions we’re putting together to highlight the project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online”. Each edition focuses on one country in which the research was conducted, and brings together articles, major findings, and interviews with the research teams. In this edition we look at Mexico, where legislation often doesn’t translate into practice, anonymity serves as a double-edged sword, and violence against women is routinely belittled. The stories of four women survivors form the backbone of the research, and it is through their voices and experiences that we explore how technology-related violence against women in Mexico plays out.

The politics of sex

Posted Fri 13 Nov 2015 - 10:47 | 5,202 views
“For many, sexuality goes to the heart of who we are as human beings,” writes Alan Finlay, the editor of the latest Global information society watch (GISWatch) report and also the guest editor for this edition of GenderIT.org. The 2015 GISWatch brings stories on the politics of sex and sexual rights online from 52 countries worldwide. Through interviews with authors, and a selection of links to online reports, this GenderIT.org edition draws on and highlights the stories published in GISWatch, ranging from the challenges and possibilities that the internet offers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LBGTQ) communities, to female genital mutilation, the right to legal abortions, to the rights of sex workers, criminalization of sexual expressions or sex education in schools.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Exploring technology-related violence against women

Posted Tue 21 Jul 2015 - 14:04 | 4,495 views
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.

Pulling apart the patriarchy: Edition in commemoration of Heike Jensen

Posted Wed 17 Jun 2015 - 17:49 | 5,454 views
News of Heike Jensen’s death from cancer, on 3 February 2014, reached internet governance academic and civil society networks a year later. As Marianne Franklin, friend and colleague from GigaNet, puts it: “The networks and the hands-on work in which Heike engaged are cross-border, cross-sector and interdisciplinary by nature and predilection. This is why news of her death has been a ripple of both physical and virtual proportions.” We couldn't agree more with Franklin when she says, “All the networks, and the people who knew Heike, who worked with her are poorer for losing her, so young.” This GenderIT.org edition is in tribute to this amazing woman who contributed to our ability to question, interrogate and rebuild the institutions and architecture of the internet in more equitable ways. In the words of Sonia Randhawa, we hope that through this edition, readers will be driven not only to investigate Heike’s work more deeply, but also to engage in the deeper project of imagining, sharing and building an internet and a broader future without the shackles of patriarchy.

Philippines: Exploring technology-related violence against women and children

Posted Mon 08 Jun 2015 - 12:47 | 5,254 views
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.

Imagining a feminist internet 20 years after the launch of Section J

Posted Fri 29 May 2015 - 14:03 | 3,207 views
Is it still possible to imagine a debate on a feminist internet within the context of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)? This question has been resounding since the last session of the CSW took place in March 2015. We hope you find this GenderIT.org edition useful, with its analysis of what happened around Section J at the 59th session of the CSW, as well as what did not happen, and ideas on how to strategise around this space in the future.

Pakistan: Exploring technology-related violence against women

Posted Fri 29 May 2015 - 14:03 | 3,154 views
Welcome to the first in a series of seven mini-editions we’re putting together to highlight the project "End violence: Women’s rights and safety online". Each edition focuses on one country in which the research was conducted, and brings together articles, major findings, and interviews with the research teams. In this edition we look at Pakistan, where religious and cultural controls over women intersect with technology, language barriers prevent intermediaries from addressing abuse, and justice has a slippery meaning.

CSW59: Reprioritising Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action

Posted Fri 06 Mar 2015 - 15:12 | 2,548 views
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.

Exploring remedies for technology-based violence against women

Posted Fri 16 Jan 2015 - 23:25 | 3,587 views
In this GenderIT.org edition, our collaborators take a moment to reflect and celebrate. They celebrate the great Take Back the Tech! campaign developed in late 2014 that for 16 days brought together women from around the world to reclaim their right to expression online. They also reflect on the first load of findings from the “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project research which sheds light on access to justice for survivors of technology-related violence against women. The materials featured in this edition reinforce how we can collectively advocate for a change in online culture through campaigning, education and research.