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Mexico: ACTA - anyone making a fuss in your country?

Posted Mon 12 Jul 2010 - 00:00 | 8,922 views
Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States of America are presently negotiating a trade agreement regarding counterfeiting and the enforcement of intellectual property rights, known as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Erika Smith, communications coordinator of APC WNSP, took part in the...


From the “J” spot to the cru"X" of the matter

Posted Mon 5 Jul 2010 - 21:18 | 3,693 views
Where is women's "J" spot? asks Jan Moolman, making a play on the word "G-spot", in reference to Maria Suárez's (Radio FIRE) analysis of why Section J was not a priority issue at the 10-year review of the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing + 10). Moolman, in agreement with Suárez, used the word "ghetto" to emphasise that media issues and ICTs (information and...

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Rights . Violence . Technology - HELP US TO JOIN THE DOTS

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:21 | 6,046 views
Policies, laws and development plans on emerging ICTs rarely take into account the reality of violence against women in its creation and implementation. Similarly, policies and laws on violence against women rarely take into account the dimensions of emerging ICTs. How have developments in information and communications technologies strengthened the efforts to end violence against women? How has...

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Violence against women and ICTs in the Pacific Islands region: An overview

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 5,813 views
Sonia Randhawa interviews FemLINK Pacific coordinator Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls to get an overview of violence against women in the Pacific Islands region and to look at how ICTs are contributing to increasing the vulnerability of women and providing new forms of harassment and harm, while at the same time grassroots initiatives such as a mobile community radio station are helping to provide women...

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Violence against Women and Information Communication Technologies: Philippines Country Report: The nexus of violence against women (VAW) and information, communication and technology (ICT)

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 4,518 views
Jessica Umanos Sotos explores why specific law is needed in the Philippines to prosecute perpetrators of violence against women through the use of ICTs or cyberspace. She argues that national ICT institutions and private companies’ policies cannot remain blind to the violations to women’s rights perpetuated via ICTs in the context of the violation of privacy rights through the illicit production...

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Finding a difficult balance: Human rights, law enforcement and cyber violence against women

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 12,012 views
GenderIT writer Mavic Cabrera-Balleza probed on new analytical frameworks of violence against women taking into account cyber violence and the challenges and dilemmas women activists confront as they struggle to address this relatively new dimension of gender injustice. She spoke with two women activists who are at the forefront of advocacy on violence against women at the national and...

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Unequal protection, cyber crime and the internet in India

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 15,881 views
In assessing cyber crime legislation, policy makers and gender and development advocates must carefully consider the implications for privacy and information security. On the one hand, ICT have created opportunities to combat inequality through movements and communities against issues that were once deemed 'private', such as domestic violence and sex trafficking. On the other hand, ICT...

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Dealing with fraud and internet "love": women and cybercrime in Burkina Faso

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 11,187 views
Fraud, data piracy, seeking partners on the internet: women in Burkina Faso are as much victims as perpetrators. From Ouagadougou to Banfora via Bobo-Dioulasso, and from Ouahigouya to Dori, all towns with an internet connection are affected by this phenomenon. However, the fight against this crime is in the tentative stages, if not altogether non-existent. Legislation is still under development.

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Cybercrime laws are not enough, there is also a need for education

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:20 | 9,286 views
The different forms of online violence against women should be covered by criminal legislation to provide adequate protection and redress. However, laws are not enough. There is also a need for education, prevention, the development of defence mechanisms and a legal system that is capable of addressing these issues without subjecting the victims to further victimisation. Carlos Gregorio, a...

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Online safety for women

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:19 | 4,992 views
The BC Rural Women’s Network, sponsored by the Vernon Women’s Centre Society, announced a new project addressing Online Safety for Women. Funded by Status of Women Canada and the National Crime Prevention Strategy, this 12-month third phase project will address women’s safety when using the internet and email communications.