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From 22-25 October 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, internet governance experts, civil society, government and intergovernmental organizations’ officials, international social and economic development practitioners, members of the academic and technical communities, private sector representatives and other inquiring global citizens gathered together for the 8th meeting of the Internet Governance Forum. The main overarching theme for the 8th IGF was ‘Building Bridges - Enhancing Multistakeholder Cooperation for Growth and Sustainable Development’.
A new report released by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) explores women’s rights and gender through the lens of information and communications technologies (ICTs).
An infographic highlights the preliminary results from APC’s global survey on usage, risks, and navigation of internet regulation by sexual rights activists.
The infographic was produced as part of the WLUML global campaign to end the brutal practice of stoning. In fourteen countries around the world, this brutal punishment and form of torture continues to exist. The flyer highlights the case of a young woman who was stoned to death for having a cell phone in Pakistan. The campaign advocate for a UN resolution against stoning, ban of stoning in countries where it still exists in law and criminalization of those who engage in this practice worldwide.
This initiative aims to identify and map the existing situation on the ground, in terms of challenges that impede the understanding of violence against women and girls in digital spaces, and violence committed through use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A poll and an interview were intended for and conducted in organizations/institutions that work in the area of women's human rights and/or are active in the domain of ICTs.
Established by the Human Rights Council at its 15th session in September 2010, the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Public Life focus is to identify, promote and exchange views, in consultation with States and other actors, on good practices related to the elimination of laws that discriminate against women. In early January this year, Jan Moolman, on behalf of APC Women’s Rights Programme, input a very relevant presentation to the Working Group, which looked at the paths of restriction and paths of resistance, to “illustrate how women are participating online, some of the ways in which discrimination is taking place, and the impact of that discrimination. We will look at why a lot of the legislative initiatives that aim to regulate online spaces are not working and often work against women, and put a strong case for regulating online spaces through a progressive human rights framework, rather than a framework derived from regulating other media spaces, such as television, radio or print.”
In the Indian context, the internet has played a critical role in opening up rights for women on one side of the digital divide, giving them access to vital (at times, life altering) information and an opportunity to exercise (some for the first time) their right to free speech and expression through platforms such as blogs, micro blogs and social media. However, as in their lives offline, in the online medium too they face harassment, violence and abuse. This harassment draws invisible but tangible boundaries for women within which to exercise their freedom of speech and expression. The boundary shrinks each time they experience harassment. It is vital to strike back at online harassment and preserve women's right to free speech.
In partnership with members and networks, APC is working to protect and promote human rights online, engaging governments and other relevant stakeholders through a variety of United Nations processes including participating in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This submission prepared by APC and LaNeta under the APC project "End violence: Women's rights and safety online project", focuses on human rights on the internet, with a particular focus on violence against women, and protection of journalists and human rights defenders.
This executive summary outlines the baseline for the present legal and regulatory framework in Colombia on violence against women (VAW) and information and communication technologies (ICT). The data was gathered by collecting information on the legal and regulatory framework. Three main aspects were identified: 1. The criminal offenses defined in the Criminal Code and related to a greater or lesse degree to the violence against women and ICT. 2. The criminal offenses related directly to ICT and VAW. 3. The information technology offenses which are related to the use of ICT for committing crimes against privacy, property, public trust, etc. In the case of women those offenses committed against their life, personal integrity, freedom, autonomy, and dignity among others.