Voices from digital spaces: Technology related violence against women

The purpose of this paper is to assist women’s rights groups working to end VAW to understand some of the implications of the intersection between these violations and ICTs. It also aims to encourage these groups and other key actors to invest in policymaking processes and advocacy work in this area. This paper draws on the experiences and findings of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project. MDG3: Take Back the Tech! worked with women’s rights organisations in twelve countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America between 2009 and 2011. The project supported these organisations to research and respond to technology related VAW and strengthened their capacity to use ICT tools in their responses to violence. The paper also builds on other APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (WNSP) work in the area of VAW, women’s rights, sexual rights and ICTs.

Katerina Fialova
Flavia Fascendini
© Association for Progressive Communications, 2011