APC has developed a brief and a background document on technology-related violence against women to support our advocacy efforts at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), with special attention to the work with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, the Working Group on discrimination against women in law, and the annual HRC resolution on VAW, which focuses on domestic violence in this year’s edition.

These documents draw on the multi-country research project carried out by APC between April 2013 and June 2014, entitled End violence: Women’s rights and safety online.

The project explored the adequacy and effectiveness of domestic legal remedies and corporate policies and redress mechanisms to address the issue of technology-related violence against women (tech-related VAW) through documenting and analysing in-depth case studies on women’s and girls’ experiences of tech-related VAW, and their attempts to access justice.

The project was led by researchers from the global South and was carried out in collaboration with partners located in seven countries: OneWorldSEE in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colnodo in Colombia, Si Jeunesse Savait in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the International Association of Women in Radio and Television and KICTANet in Kenya, an APC project associate in Mexico, Bytes for All in Pakistan, and the Foundation for Media Alternatives in the Philippines.

This research, along with an online mapping project, revealed the global and pervasive nature of tech-related VAW, as well as the trauma and multifarious harms experienced by the survivors of these human rights violations.

Read more about APC’s work at the 29th session of HRC here

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