Since 2005 APC been working to strengthen the capacity of women’s rights activists and organizations to use technology tools in their work to end violence against women and to respond to the growing incidence of technology-related violence against women. Violations like cyberstalking, sexual harassment, surveillance and the unauthorized use and manipulation of personal information including images and videos, are increasing, women and girls who fall victim do not know what to do to stop the abuse, what charges they can report, who they should report to and what help they can get. In many countries policies, regulations or services that respond to these new forms of violence do not exist or are inadequate Preventing technology-related violence against women(VAW) is an important component in ending violence against women today and contributes to creating a safe and secure environment for women and girls in every sphere of life. Thus, “End violence: women’s rights and safety online” will build on APC’s trajectory in the anti-VAW struggle and existing partnerships to enhance women’s safety and security by preventing the growing violence against women through ICTs.
The project is being implemented in seven countries through a combination of strategies that contribute towards ending violence against women through building women’s leadership and ensuring women’s rights and safety online. Their strategies include:
1. Gathering evidence by documenting, reporting, monitoring and analysing technology-related violence against women.
2. Building women’s leadership to engage with national policy-makers, judges, lawyers and other key actors in identifying remedies that may be available in current laws and regulations and, where needed, develop new policies that seek to protect women’s rights including their safety and security.
3. Building women’s ability to influence internet and telecommunications businesses such as social networking platforms, web hosting companies and mobile phone operators to develop corporate user policies and practices that respect women’s rights. This includes the adequate representation of women in policy-making and standards-setting processes and ensuring that policies and standards consider the safety and security of users.
4. Campaigning to create an online environment and culture that affirms everyone’s right to safety and security. Such an online culture would not tolerate behaviour and practices that are harmful and violent to women and girls. It will include targeted solidarity actions and engage young people.
5. Strengthening the institutional capacity of women’s rights organisations to become leaders in addressing technology-related VAW through change in their own organisational practice.
OneWorldsee in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colnodo in Colombia, Si Jeunesse Savait in Democratic Republic of the Congo, KICTAnet in Kenya, Mexico, Foundation for Media Alternatives in Philippines and Bytes for All Pakistan organizations are part of this project.
The project targets women leaders—leaders of women’s rights organizations, women in the technology industry, community leaders, young women peer leaders and opinion-makers—as well as women’s rights organizations that are already active in implementing interventions and advocacy strategies to address violence against women and defend women’s rights.
For more information about the project, please check the project web page.