Violence against women in Colombia: ICT overshadowed

In Colombia there is no law or public policy<sup class=”glossary-indicator” title=”A course or principle of action adopted or proposed by a government, business, party, or individual.

Style Information: N/a”>i that relates directly to violence against women<sup class=”glossary-indicator” title=”VAW, or violence against women, means any act that results in harm and disproportionately affects women. The root cause of VAW lies in unequal power relations between men and women in almost all facets of life. Some examples of VAW include domestic violence, rape and sexual harassment.

The United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women defines VAW as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life”.

VAW was recognised as a violation of fundamental human rights in 1993, less than two decades ago, officially through the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women by the United Nations General Assembly. Women’s movements across the world are continuously bringing to light new dimensions of VAW, such as ‘trafficking in images’ and other forms facilitated through the use of new communication and information technologies. HoweverICTs are also used for prevention of VAW and assistance to VAW survivors.

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Source: “>i and information and communication technologies. “This is a scenario where a lot that needs to be done, but which, at the same time, offers us an opportunity,” said Olga Martinez Paz of the organization Colnodo, which runs the Colombia part of the APC project “End violence: women’s rightsi and safety online.”<sup class=”glossary-indicator” title=” is the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme’s bilingual (English and Spanish) gender and ICT policy monitor website. It maps the interconnections between women’s issues and ICT issues and is geared towards women’s organisations and movements as well as ICT decision-makers. The site features articles, resources, policy analysis, interviews, events and a who’s who in the gender and ICT policy field.

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Source: APC Annual Report 2006

“>i contributor Florencia Flores Iborra interviewed her about the highlights of the project in its first year and expectations for the coming year, the national legislative scene, the experience with mapping and documentation, and advocacy<sup class=”glossary-indicator” title=”The act of pleading or arguing in favour of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; active support.

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Preventing violence against women (VAW) related to technology helps to create a secure environment for girls, youth, and women in all areas of life.

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Violence against women in Colombia: ICT overshadowed

Violence against women in Colombia: ICT overshadowed
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