When it comes to gender issues, technology presents opportunities and likewise challenges. Opportunities to promote gender equality and equity to end discrimination are endless and borderless. However, challenges such as reinforcing deeply-rooted, socially-structured discrimination against women and the LGBTQI community. With the introduction of social networking sites, instead of promoting values of equality, these have become platforms for spreading hate and judgments. Taking advantage of technology (specifically the internet) as a public and unregulated tool, which makes it all powerful, perpetrators have used it to humiliate and abuse the marginalized especially women for their own economic interests. Technology has become an unwilling accomplice that inflicts gender-based violence.
Statistical data on violence against women and other gender-related crimes are regularly gathered to know if efforts of government have been effective in gradually reducing the number of these crimes and brought more victim-survivors to justice. Many have been said about how poor, dismal and incomprehensible these data are for the general cases of VAW. However, the main purpose of this study is to know the state of reporting and documenting of technology-related cases of violence against women so that it can help in the drafting of the guidelines and protocols for eVAW. Are there reports available on technology-related VAW? If yes, how are they documented? What is the reporting mechanism used?
Preliminary talks with government agencies tasked to collect data on VAW like the PNP, NBI, and PCW pointed out the lack of guidelines and indicators on how to document technology-related cases of violence against women. The data and information that will be collected for this study will also update about the current state and trends in VAW cases.
This baseline research basically aims to:
• Determine the state of VAW by getting the current statistics.
• Identify the forms of violence against women and including technology-related ones (if there were any reported).
• Study the reporting methods of VAW cases of government agencies and CSOs with direct services.
• With the data collected, craft a draft guidelines and protocols for the inclusion of technology-related VAW in the report, documentation and statistics.
By answering the following questions:
1. What is the comparison of VAW statistics starting 1998 until today?
2. What is the process of VAW reporting today? Has it changed in the last 10 years? How are the VAW data/statistics collected?
3. What is the role of technology in the current state of VAW?
4. What are the possible processes, possible steps to take, on how to incorporate technology-related VAW in the tech-VAW data gathering of government agencies?