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Toxic Twitter: Amnesty International report on social media and online violence

Posted Mon 18 Jun 2018 - 09:21 | 5,065 views
Twitter, in particular, can be a powerful tool for women to make connections and express themselves - from high-level female politicians to journalists, activists, writers and bloggers, to women who simply want to know what’s happening around them. It is allegedly the space where ‘every voice has the power to impact the world’. But as revealed by the report by Amnesty International, Twitter is...

We can be heroes: Towards public and legal recognition of online gender-based violence

Posted Sun 17 Jun 2018 - 19:18 | 5,582 views

Online violence, bullying, harassment, theft of identity, non-consensual circulation of intimate images - are now being recognised as offences in most countries, and acknowledged in public discourse as misogyny and attempts to silence women and gender-diverse people from participation in public life and denying them their rights to free expression and association, especially online. This...

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[EDITORIAL] Recognition of online GBV in international law: the highs and lows

Posted Sun 17 Jun 2018 - 19:07 | 4,967 views

Over a decade of consistent work around visibility of online GBV has led to finally a report by the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women that specifically addresses this phenomenon. Jan Moolman sketches out a brief timeline of the milestones towards the recognition of online GBV, and this has included advocating for inclusion of sensitive language within international law and...

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Do we need new laws to address non-consensual circulation of intimate images: the case of Brazil

Posted Sun 17 Jun 2018 - 18:44 | 8,061 views
The choice between developing new laws and frameworks for cyber offences or to work with existing laws is a dilemma faced in many countries in the global South. In this article, the legal solutions to non consensual intimate images are examined from the perspective of women who have been victimised. What do we want and expect from our legal and judicial mechanisms? How can these be more...

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Cyber violence against women: the case of Bangladesh

Posted Sun 17 Jun 2018 - 12:40 | 19,010 views

Violence against women online is shaped by historical, cultural and social factors and this article explores the specific context of Bangladesh. This includes specific targeting of public women and journalists online and the exploitation of women by those they have intimate relationships with. Far from being an "elite white country problem", this article shows how women in the global South...

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Online GBV in Palestine means losing out on women's participation

Posted Mon 11 Jun 2018 - 13:37 | 7,725 views
In recent times there has been a dramatic increase in the use of internet and social media by Palestinians. In this context there is also a rising wave of online gender-based violence that leads to intimidation of women and self-censorship, which means that often women are withdrawing from social media platforms that are an arena of political and social confrontation against the Israeli...

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Hidden figures - A look at technology-mediated violence against women in India

Posted Mon 11 Jun 2018 - 07:27 | 7,277 views

IT for Change held a consultation in 2017 on the various forms of gender based cyber violence that affects women in India. Here various researchers and speakers gathered to share their data, insight and questions on the kinds of online violence faced by women in different professions, strata and social locations - from vernacular journalists to students in colleges, rural and urban women. This...

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For women in the press like Rana Ayyub, it’s scarily easy for online threats to turn physical

Posted Thu 7 Jun 2018 - 11:25 | 4,168 views
On 24 May 2018, the Office of the Human Rights Commission, United Nations put out a statement that the Indian government has a duty to protect its citizens and journalists from threats and in particular about the severity of threats against Rana Ayyub, journalist and writer based in India. This article looks at the severity of violence faced by the journalist, including physical threats, doxxing...

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Intersection of identities: Online gender and caste based violence

Posted Thu 7 Jun 2018 - 09:51 | 11,300 views

Women who are also from vulnerable and marginalised communities such as Dalit women in India, face additional and vicious forms of online violence and harassment. In addition their access to justice is tenuous and fraught, adding progressively to the impunity with which caste- and gender-based harassment takes place.

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Breaking online gender-based violence

Posted Wed 6 Jun 2018 - 14:08 | 8,239 views

An understanding of online gender-based violence as part of the structure of cultural and social violence that women face is essential to finding solutions or to combat it. In this article Serene Lim delves into what could be feminist legal approaches to online GBV, the alleged opposition to free speech and the multi-generational work required to dismantle frameworks of patriarchal oppression...