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Virtual is real: Attempts to legally frame technology-related violence in a decentralized universe

Posted Mon 8 Dec 2014 - 20:54 | 14,174 views
In this article written for, Lamia Kosovic explores some trends in legislation addressing tech-related VAW and stresses that “legislation itself will not solve the problem of VAW in digital spaces,” affirming that laws have to be accompanied by educational campaigns on the gendered nature of harm in digital spaces. “And it is urgent to expand our understanding of what survivors are...

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Mapping as a strategy to disclose online violence against women

Posted Mon 8 Dec 2014 - 20:50 | 10,002 views
When the APC Women's Rights Programme decided to use the Ushahidi map to collect information about the online violence that many women around the world were enduring, the aim was to gather evidence and show how ICTs can be used to perpetrate violence against women. In two years, from July 2012 to July 2014, almost 500 cases denouncing the use of ICTs and online spaces to perpetrate violence...

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Taking street harassment off the streets and off the map!

Posted Mon 14 May 2012 - 17:10 | 10,396 views
I walked in late to the jam-packed session “Bringing Gender to the Streets: Young Women Amidst the Arab Uprisings” at AWID Forum 2012. This was not a session about technology or the internet, but it was a common strand running through each presenters' activism and evidence-building for women's rights, even and perhaps especially in the midst of revolution.

Taking control of technology to end violence against women

Posted Thu 15 Dec 2011 - 08:30 | 5,986 views
As the year comes to a close, is bringing you one more special edition, this time on the recent Take Back the Tech! campaign. The 2011 campaign shed new light on the issue of technology-mediated violence against women, through its documenting and evidence-building efforts. The edition gathers an impressive amount of articles which capture the nature of this year´s Take Back the...


Take Back the Tech! online mapping platform

Posted Wed 14 Dec 2011 - 16:42 | 6,835 views
This mapping platform is part of the Take Back the Tech! campaign, and provides a space for the documenting and monitoring of experiences and stories of women and girls who faced violence against women (VAW) online or through the use of mobile phone technologies. The interactive map monitors technology-related VAW according to five broad categories: the type of VAW, the act of violation (what the...


Take Back the Tech! campaign now a global movement

Posted Wed 14 Dec 2011 - 10:28 | 16,928 views
Since its inception in 2006, the Take Back the Tech! campaign has grown into a global movement. Women everywhere are using technology to combat gender-based violence, and assert their rights to free and open online spaces. Despite its global reach, the Take Back the Tech! campaign is designed to be adapted to local issues and local circumstances. This year the campaign is focusing on building...

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Mapping the intersection of technology and gender-based violence

Posted Wed 14 Dec 2011 - 10:00 | 12,664 views
On 25 November 2011, Take Back The Tech! campaign launched an interactive map that allows internet users to share their stories, local news and personal experiences of gender-based violence they faced online or through the use of mobile phone technologies. As of 7 December, the map has recorded 103 stories from across the globe, with the majority of stories coming from Africa, Latin America and...

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From Clock Square to StreetWatch: mapping sexual harassment in Palestina

Posted Wed 14 Dec 2011 - 08:08 | 9,791 views
Dalia Othman, a researcher and human rights activist, reports on a new initiative in Ramallah, Palestina, that uses online mapping and mobile phone technology to allow women to combat sexual harassment in the streets.

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It's time to stand up and be counted

Posted Wed 14 Dec 2011 - 07:39 | 6,831 views
If we want to tackle the problem of gender-based violence online, we need to develop a strong evidence base, argues Grady Johnson in this article. At the risk of revisiting old traumas, we need women to document the scope of the problem, so that the gravity of the situation can no longer be denied. Most of all, we need good numbers if we hope to make good policies.

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Can we map gender-based violence without spreading it?

Posted Wed 14 Dec 2011 - 07:20 | 9,603 views