ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

Global → slavery

Femicide Volume 10: Contemporary Forms of Enslavement of Women & Girls | ACUNS Vienna

November 1, 2018 — Studies, Analyses, Reports
Femicide Vol X
Summary:

International organisations, NGOs and independent researchers helped produce this awareness-raising publication on modern-day enslavement of women and girls, a practice that is still commonplace in too many parts of this world.

Author(s) / Source: ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

We are honoured to present the tenth volume of FEMICIDE on Contemporary Forms of Enslavement of Women and Girls. Since 2013 the ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office has worked hard to provide a platform for those who dedicate their resources to fighting gender-related  violence against women and girls, including the killing of women (femicide), its most severe manifestation. Hence, over the years FEMICIDE has become an important resource book for international institutions, scholars and practitioners. Connecting the right people has always been at the top of our agenda. We are convinced that it is only by working together that we can end gender-related violence worldwide.

FEMICIDE X reflects this important principle. International organisations, NGOs and independent researchers have come together to help produce this awareness-raising publication on contemporary forms of slavery, which touches upon many important and, sadly, overlooked issues. In the first part of this Volume important statements give an overview of past actions to eliminate violence against women and what needs to be done in the future. There then follows a collection of reports and articles on modern-day enslavement of women and girls, a practice that is still commonplace in too many parts of this world.
 
Further, we provide a review of the ACUNS symposium on “Ending Impunity for Gender-related Killing of Women and Girls – State Responsibility and Accountability”, which took place in May 2018. There is then a short preview of our next volume on cyber bullying as a form of violence against women. The last section of FEMICIDE X is dedicated to the efforts and achievements of the civil society to combat femicide.
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Femicide Volume 10: Contemporary Forms of Enslavement of Women & Girls | ACUNS Vienna

November 1, 2018
#ACUNS, #femicide volume, #femicide, #slavery, #modern slavery
Femicide Vol X

Executive Summary

International organisations, NGOs and independent researchers helped produce this awareness-raising publication on modern-day enslavement of women and girls, a practice that is still commonplace in too many parts of this world.

ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

We are honoured to present the tenth volume of FEMICIDE on Contemporary Forms of Enslavement of Women and Girls. Since 2013 the ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office has worked hard to provide a platform for those who dedicate their resources to fighting gender-related  violence against women and girls, including the killing of women (femicide), its most severe manifestation. Hence, over the years FEMICIDE has become an important resource book for international institutions, scholars and practitioners. Connecting the right people has always been at the top of our agenda. We are convinced that it is only by working together that we can end gender-related violence worldwide.

FEMICIDE X reflects this important principle. International organisations, NGOs and independent researchers have come together to help produce this awareness-raising publication on contemporary forms of slavery, which touches upon many important and, sadly, overlooked issues. In the first part of this Volume important statements give an overview of past actions to eliminate violence against women and what needs to be done in the future. There then follows a collection of reports and articles on modern-day enslavement of women and girls, a practice that is still commonplace in too many parts of this world.
 
Further, we provide a review of the ACUNS symposium on “Ending Impunity for Gender-related Killing of Women and Girls – State Responsibility and Accountability”, which took place in May 2018. There is then a short preview of our next volume on cyber bullying as a form of violence against women. The last section of FEMICIDE X is dedicated to the efforts and achievements of the civil society to combat femicide.

Global → online violence

Online and ICT-faciliated VAW | Vienna Femicide Team

March 22, 2019 — Studies, Analyses, Reports
Summary:

Online and ICT-facilitated violence against women is a relatively new phenomenon. The scare data estimates that 23% of women have experienced online abuse or harassment at least once in their life. Saide Mobayed provides a short overview, on occasion of a symposium on this topic, held in November 2018.

Author(s) / Source: ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

The following article has been published in the Femicide Volume X, pages 80-81.

Online and ICT-facilitated violence against women is understood as “any act of gender-based violence against women that is committed, assisted, or aggravated in part or fully by the use of ICT, such as mobile phones and smartphones, the Internet, social media platforms or email, against a woman because she is a woman, or affects women disproportionately” (UNSRVAW, 2018).

When women and girls do have access to and use the Internet, they face online forms and manifestations of violence that are part of the continuum multiple, recurring and interrelated forms of gender-based violence against women.
— Dr. Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

Notwithstanding that the last 40 years have shown an incredible global advance in framing women’s rights as human rights, violence against women and girls (VAW) is far from being dealt with and, moreover, recurrently manifests itself across different spaces: both in the offline and in the online realm. The rapid increase of the current digital age has changed the ways in which people in society meet, interact, interrelate and communicate. Unfortunately, the inequalities produced by patriarchal structures are extrapolated from the offline into the online sphere. Although ICT-facilitated violence against women is considered a relatively new phenomenon, the scarce data collected on this matter estimates that 23% of women have experienced online abuse or harassment at least once in their life and 1 in 10 women have experienced some form of online violence since the age of 15.

Recent documented cyber-attacks against women and girls vary in forms and across nations. The severity of its consequences lead to suicide, being that the case of Amanda Todd, who was only 13 years old when the cyber bullying she was tormented with—which included sexual exploitation—lead her to take her own life in 2012. Similarly, Rehtaeh Parsons was 15 when she committed suicide after being gang raped by her classmates, photographed and exposed to a wide range of victim-blaming online abuses (1).

Even though the VAW Learning Network recognizes six broad categories that encompass forms of online against women and girls: hacking, impersonation, surveillance/tracking, harassment/spamming, recruitment and malicious distribution; and a report of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) identifies cyber stalking, cyber harassment and non-consensual pornography as ICT-facilitated forms of VAW; the lack of tangible data and international normative frameworks aimed at addressing this heinous phenomenon across Member States are seldom established and regulated.

In her latest report (2) the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Dr. Dubravka Šimonović extensively addresses her concern on this phenomenon and calls upon the States and non-State agents to recognize online and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls as a human rights violation and a form of discrimination and gender-based violence against women. She encourages States to act in accordance with the principle of due diligence to measure and prohibit these new emerging forms of online gender-based violence.

Consequently, in the frame of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office Femicide Team brings together the Gender Inequality In The Digital Era: Addressing Online And ICT-Facilitated Violence Against Women event, which aims to join this debate by highlighting the insufficient quantitative and qualitative data collection and thus availability, limited attention and recognition of online and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls as a form of VAW. Therefore, it seeks to reach the following objectives:

Objectives:
• To introduce and recognize online and ICT3-facilitated forms of violence against women and girls (VAW) as a form of VAW;
• To conceptualize online and ICT-facilitated forms of violence against women and girls (VAW) within the gender and human rights international normative framework;
• To discuss the possibilities offered by the international human rights instruments, the international women’s human rights law and standards, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to tackle online and ICT-facilitated violence against women;
• To explore the responsibilities of Member States, Internet intermediaries and all stakeholders to ensure women’s and girls’ safe and secure access to online and ICT products and services;
• To debate and identify ways to ensure accurate quantitative and qualitative data collection regarding incidents of online violence against women and girls;
• To share good practices on the rule of law regarding online and ICT-facilitated forms of violence against women;
• To identify justice response mechanisms and preventive measures that Member States and Internet intermediaries should introduce to ensure the prevention, sanction, attention and elimination of online violence against women and girls.

Footnotes

1 UN Women and UNDP, 2015, Cyber Violence against Women and Girls: A World-Wide Wake-up Call. A Report by the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development Working Group on Broadband and Gender. Available at: http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/library....
2 UNGA, 2018, Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences on online violence against women and girls from a human rights perspective.
Online and ICT-facilitated violence against women is understood as “any act of gender-based violence against women that is committed, assisted, or aggravated in part or fully by the use of ICT, such as mobile phones and smartphones, the Internet, social media platforms or email, against a woman because she is a woman, or affects women disproportionately” (UNSRVAW, 2018).

About the author

Saide Mobayed is the current Senior Editor and Content Manager of the “Global Knowledge Hub to Prevent and Eliminate the Gender-related Killing of Women and Girls” (http://femicide-watch.org/). She has collaborated with the “Gender and Justice” project at UNODC Mexico and has been an active member of ACUNS Vienna Liaison Femicide Team since 2016. Mobayed holds an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree in Global Studies, where she thoroughly analysed the transnational dimension of violence against women (VAW), a research that will be continued during her current PhD project at the Centre for Globalisation and Global Governance in the University of Hamburg.

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Online and ICT-faciliated VAW | Vienna Femicide Team

March 22, 2019
#online violence, #ICT-facilitated violence, #ICT, #symposium, #definition

Executive Summary

Online and ICT-facilitated violence against women is a relatively new phenomenon. The scare data estimates that 23% of women have experienced online abuse or harassment at least once in their life. Saide Mobayed provides a short overview, on occasion of a symposium on this topic, held in November 2018.

Saide Mobayed — ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

The following article has been published in the Femicide Volume X, pages 80-81.

Online and ICT-facilitated violence against women is understood as “any act of gender-based violence against women that is committed, assisted, or aggravated in part or fully by the use of ICT, such as mobile phones and smartphones, the Internet, social media platforms or email, against a woman because she is a woman, or affects women disproportionately” (UNSRVAW, 2018).

When women and girls do have access to and use the Internet, they face online forms and manifestations of violence that are part of the continuum multiple, recurring and interrelated forms of gender-based violence against women.
— Dr. Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

Notwithstanding that the last 40 years have shown an incredible global advance in framing women’s rights as human rights, violence against women and girls (VAW) is far from being dealt with and, moreover, recurrently manifests itself across different spaces: both in the offline and in the online realm. The rapid increase of the current digital age has changed the ways in which people in society meet, interact, interrelate and communicate. Unfortunately, the inequalities produced by patriarchal structures are extrapolated from the offline into the online sphere. Although ICT-facilitated violence against women is considered a relatively new phenomenon, the scarce data collected on this matter estimates that 23% of women have experienced online abuse or harassment at least once in their life and 1 in 10 women have experienced some form of online violence since the age of 15.

Recent documented cyber-attacks against women and girls vary in forms and across nations. The severity of its consequences lead to suicide, being that the case of Amanda Todd, who was only 13 years old when the cyber bullying she was tormented with—which included sexual exploitation—lead her to take her own life in 2012. Similarly, Rehtaeh Parsons was 15 when she committed suicide after being gang raped by her classmates, photographed and exposed to a wide range of victim-blaming online abuses (1).

Even though the VAW Learning Network recognizes six broad categories that encompass forms of online against women and girls: hacking, impersonation, surveillance/tracking, harassment/spamming, recruitment and malicious distribution; and a report of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) identifies cyber stalking, cyber harassment and non-consensual pornography as ICT-facilitated forms of VAW; the lack of tangible data and international normative frameworks aimed at addressing this heinous phenomenon across Member States are seldom established and regulated.

In her latest report (2) the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Dr. Dubravka Šimonović extensively addresses her concern on this phenomenon and calls upon the States and non-State agents to recognize online and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls as a human rights violation and a form of discrimination and gender-based violence against women. She encourages States to act in accordance with the principle of due diligence to measure and prohibit these new emerging forms of online gender-based violence.

Consequently, in the frame of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office Femicide Team brings together the Gender Inequality In The Digital Era: Addressing Online And ICT-Facilitated Violence Against Women event, which aims to join this debate by highlighting the insufficient quantitative and qualitative data collection and thus availability, limited attention and recognition of online and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls as a form of VAW. Therefore, it seeks to reach the following objectives:

Objectives:
• To introduce and recognize online and ICT3-facilitated forms of violence against women and girls (VAW) as a form of VAW;
• To conceptualize online and ICT-facilitated forms of violence against women and girls (VAW) within the gender and human rights international normative framework;
• To discuss the possibilities offered by the international human rights instruments, the international women’s human rights law and standards, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to tackle online and ICT-facilitated violence against women;
• To explore the responsibilities of Member States, Internet intermediaries and all stakeholders to ensure women’s and girls’ safe and secure access to online and ICT products and services;
• To debate and identify ways to ensure accurate quantitative and qualitative data collection regarding incidents of online violence against women and girls;
• To share good practices on the rule of law regarding online and ICT-facilitated forms of violence against women;
• To identify justice response mechanisms and preventive measures that Member States and Internet intermediaries should introduce to ensure the prevention, sanction, attention and elimination of online violence against women and girls.

Footnotes

1 UN Women and UNDP, 2015, Cyber Violence against Women and Girls: A World-Wide Wake-up Call. A Report by the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development Working Group on Broadband and Gender. Available at: http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/library....
2 UNGA, 2018, Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences on online violence against women and girls from a human rights perspective.
Online and ICT-facilitated violence against women is understood as “any act of gender-based violence against women that is committed, assisted, or aggravated in part or fully by the use of ICT, such as mobile phones and smartphones, the Internet, social media platforms or email, against a woman because she is a woman, or affects women disproportionately” (UNSRVAW, 2018).

About the author

Saide Mobayed is the current Senior Editor and Content Manager of the “Global Knowledge Hub to Prevent and Eliminate the Gender-related Killing of Women and Girls” (http://femicide-watch.org/). She has collaborated with the “Gender and Justice” project at UNODC Mexico and has been an active member of ACUNS Vienna Liaison Femicide Team since 2016. Mobayed holds an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree in Global Studies, where she thoroughly analysed the transnational dimension of violence against women (VAW), a research that will be continued during her current PhD project at the Centre for Globalisation and Global Governance in the University of Hamburg.

Global → online violence

2018 Symposium on online and ICT-faciliated VAW | Vienna Femicide Team

September 1, 2018 — Studies, Analyses, Reports
Summary:

On the 2018 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th of November), the Femicide Team of the ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office organized a symposium on cybercrimes commited against women: "Gender Inequality in the Digital Era: Addressing Online and ICT-Facilitated Violence Against Women"
 

Author(s) / Source: ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team


Panelists

  • Moderator: Dr Martina Gredler, Soroptimist International
  • Welcoming Remarks: Dr Alfred Pritz, Rector of Sigmund Freud University
  • Gail Dines, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, President of Culture Reframed
  • Kamola Ibragimova, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Counter-Cybercrime Education
  • Dr Marie-Helen Maras, Tenured Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Jackie Jones, Professor of Feminist Legal Studies at Bristol Law School
  • Hanna Gaffney, PhD candidate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • Katharine Sarikakis, Media Governance and Industries Research Lab, University of Vienna
  • Concluding Remarks: Dr Karin Bruckmuller, Sigmund Freud University and Dr Michael Platzer, ACUNS Vienna

Short summary (Facebook)

"Fascinating Symposium at Sigmund Freud University, cosponsored by ACUNS, UNODC, Sorotopmists, African Women, and three universities.

WHAT I LEARNED:

  • from Gail Dines: Internet transformed the Porno Industry, now accessible to all including 9 year olds;
  • from Antonio Gutteres (FRA) States have an obligation to control cyber-sexual harassment;
  • from Kamola Ibragimova (UNODC) Education for Justice has 14 modules, including ICT for Law Enforcement;
  • from Maria Maras (John Jay College) law enforcement will never catch up with technology and new developments;
  • from Hannah Gaffney (Cambridge U): sub teenage girls more likely to be cyber bullies, youth know better new technologies;
  • from Max Edelbacher: weaker social classes less like to be cyber bullies.

Many other issues discussed in 3 1/2 hour discussion: privacy, Government and Commercial companies have destroyed all notions of privacy; some effects of cyberstalking long standing, even lead to suicide."

 

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2018 Symposium on online and ICT-faciliated VAW | Vienna Femicide Team

September 1, 2018
#online violence, #ICT, #symposium, #ICT-facilitated violence, #VAW, #Internet, #mobile phones, #social media

Executive Summary

On the 2018 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25th of November), the Femicide Team of the ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office organized a symposium on cybercrimes commited against women: "Gender Inequality in the Digital Era: Addressing Online and ICT-Facilitated Violence Against Women"
 

ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team


Panelists

  • Moderator: Dr Martina Gredler, Soroptimist International
  • Welcoming Remarks: Dr Alfred Pritz, Rector of Sigmund Freud University
  • Gail Dines, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, President of Culture Reframed
  • Kamola Ibragimova, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Counter-Cybercrime Education
  • Dr Marie-Helen Maras, Tenured Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Jackie Jones, Professor of Feminist Legal Studies at Bristol Law School
  • Hanna Gaffney, PhD candidate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • Katharine Sarikakis, Media Governance and Industries Research Lab, University of Vienna
  • Concluding Remarks: Dr Karin Bruckmuller, Sigmund Freud University and Dr Michael Platzer, ACUNS Vienna

Short summary (Facebook)

"Fascinating Symposium at Sigmund Freud University, cosponsored by ACUNS, UNODC, Sorotopmists, African Women, and three universities.

WHAT I LEARNED:

  • from Gail Dines: Internet transformed the Porno Industry, now accessible to all including 9 year olds;
  • from Antonio Gutteres (FRA) States have an obligation to control cyber-sexual harassment;
  • from Kamola Ibragimova (UNODC) Education for Justice has 14 modules, including ICT for Law Enforcement;
  • from Maria Maras (John Jay College) law enforcement will never catch up with technology and new developments;
  • from Hannah Gaffney (Cambridge U): sub teenage girls more likely to be cyber bullies, youth know better new technologies;
  • from Max Edelbacher: weaker social classes less like to be cyber bullies.

Many other issues discussed in 3 1/2 hour discussion: privacy, Government and Commercial companies have destroyed all notions of privacy; some effects of cyberstalking long standing, even lead to suicide."

 

Global → femicide

Femicide Volume 9: Femicide, State Accountability and Punishment | ACUNS Vienna

May 1, 2018 — Studies, Analyses, Reports
Summary:

This volume of our Femicide publication series deals with state and international responsibility.

Author(s) / Source: ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

We all have a national and international obligation to put an end to such atrocities, to prosecute offenders and to lift up the many victims’ shattered lives. Governments can and must provide “safe places” for at-risk women and children. As a physician, I am acutely focused on the compelling need for medical treatment, counselling and education. And ultimately, there must be a viable plan for providing women with the possibility of economic self-sufficiency, which in turn can assure independence and the chance of a better future.

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Femicide Volume 9: Femicide, State Accountability and Punishment | ACUNS Vienna

May 1, 2018
#state accountability, #femicide, #government, #responsibility, #legislation

Executive Summary

This volume of our Femicide publication series deals with state and international responsibility.

ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

We all have a national and international obligation to put an end to such atrocities, to prosecute offenders and to lift up the many victims’ shattered lives. Governments can and must provide “safe places” for at-risk women and children. As a physician, I am acutely focused on the compelling need for medical treatment, counselling and education. And ultimately, there must be a viable plan for providing women with the possibility of economic self-sufficiency, which in turn can assure independence and the chance of a better future.

Austria → online violence

Panel discussion on cyber crime against women and girls on November 26, 2018 | ACUNS Vienna

November 26, 2018 — News
Summary:

The purpose of this event is to expose the social and psychological damage and long-term effects that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) facilitated violence against women inflict upon its victims, including online harassment by strangers and ex-boyfriends, cyber-bullying, revenge-porn, cybercrime (fraud), online sexual exploitation of women and girls, pornography and the use of the dark net for human trafficking and the arrangement of child marriages.

 

Sigmund Freud University, Festsaal, Vienna, Austria on November 26, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm

Author(s) / Source: ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

This panel discussion is part of a series of events focusing on diverse forms of violence against women and girls and is organized by the ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office's Femicide Team. For further information on our work visit www.acuns.org.

PANELISTS
• Moderator: Dr Martina Gredler, Soroptimist International
• Welcoming Remarks: Dr Alfred Pritz, Rector of Sigmund Freud University
• Gail Dines, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, President of Culture Reframed
• Kamola Ibragimova, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Counter-Cybercrime Education
• Dr Marie-Helen Maras, Tenured Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
• Jackie Jones, Professor of Feminist Legal Studies at Bristol Law School
• Hanna Gaffney, PhD candidate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
• Katharine Sarikakis, Media Governance and Industries Research Lab, University of Vienna
• Concluding Remarks: Dr Karin Bruckmuller, Sigmund Freud University and Dr Michael Platzer, ACUNS Vienna

REGISTRATION
We kindly ask for your registration, please send an email before the 22nd November 2018 to femicide.sideevent@gmail.com.

 

#APRAN News

Panel discussion on cyber crime against women and girls on November 26, 2018 | ACUNS Vienna

November 26, 2018
#online violence, #ICT-facilitated violence, #cyber crime, #ACUNS Vienna, #VAW
Austria

Executive Summary

The purpose of this event is to expose the social and psychological damage and long-term effects that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) facilitated violence against women inflict upon its victims, including online harassment by strangers and ex-boyfriends, cyber-bullying, revenge-porn, cybercrime (fraud), online sexual exploitation of women and girls, pornography and the use of the dark net for human trafficking and the arrangement of child marriages.

 

Sigmund Freud University, Festsaal, Vienna, Austria on November 26, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm

ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

This panel discussion is part of a series of events focusing on diverse forms of violence against women and girls and is organized by the ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office's Femicide Team. For further information on our work visit www.acuns.org.

PANELISTS
• Moderator: Dr Martina Gredler, Soroptimist International
• Welcoming Remarks: Dr Alfred Pritz, Rector of Sigmund Freud University
• Gail Dines, Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, President of Culture Reframed
• Kamola Ibragimova, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, Counter-Cybercrime Education
• Dr Marie-Helen Maras, Tenured Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
• Jackie Jones, Professor of Feminist Legal Studies at Bristol Law School
• Hanna Gaffney, PhD candidate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
• Katharine Sarikakis, Media Governance and Industries Research Lab, University of Vienna
• Concluding Remarks: Dr Karin Bruckmuller, Sigmund Freud University and Dr Michael Platzer, ACUNS Vienna

REGISTRATION
We kindly ask for your registration, please send an email before the 22nd November 2018 to femicide.sideevent@gmail.com.

 

Global → femicide

Femicide Volume 7: Establishing a Femicide Watch in Every Country | ACUNS Vienna

May 1, 2017 — Studies, Analyses, Reports
Summary:

 

Femicide Report presented at the 2017 Crime Commission meeting on national Femicide Watches and data collection, as called for by the UN Special Rapporteur on VAW.

Author(s) / Source: ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

Unless there is accurate and comparable data collection on a given crime, there will be no proper understanding of it and no effective strategy with which to combat it. Having clear data helps law makers and government officials win the public’s support for tackling it through targeted prevention and investigation resources. Femicide has been defined as murder of a woman by an intimate partner or family members and the targeting of women by criminal gangs or as a weapon of war. It has been universally recognised as a crime. But how do horrific crimes of this type so often slip under the radar? Why is it so difficult to collect data on such an abhorrent criminal activity and, subsequently, to arrest the perpetrators?

In 2015 Dr. Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women called for “the establishment of femicide watches or observatories on violence against women which should collect data on gender related killing of women and femicide and analyse, with the assistance of interdisciplinary review panels, all femicide cases including court decisions in order to identify gaps in the intervention system, criminal justice and criminal procedures system, as well as risk factors to prevent and protect women and girls from those killings.”

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Femicide Volume 7: Establishing a Femicide Watch in Every Country | ACUNS Vienna

May 1, 2017
#femicide, #femicide watches, #Special Rapporteur on VAW, #National, #data collection

Executive Summary

 

Femicide Report presented at the 2017 Crime Commission meeting on national Femicide Watches and data collection, as called for by the UN Special Rapporteur on VAW.

ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

Unless there is accurate and comparable data collection on a given crime, there will be no proper understanding of it and no effective strategy with which to combat it. Having clear data helps law makers and government officials win the public’s support for tackling it through targeted prevention and investigation resources. Femicide has been defined as murder of a woman by an intimate partner or family members and the targeting of women by criminal gangs or as a weapon of war. It has been universally recognised as a crime. But how do horrific crimes of this type so often slip under the radar? Why is it so difficult to collect data on such an abhorrent criminal activity and, subsequently, to arrest the perpetrators?

In 2015 Dr. Dubravka Šimonović, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women called for “the establishment of femicide watches or observatories on violence against women which should collect data on gender related killing of women and femicide and analyse, with the assistance of interdisciplinary review panels, all femicide cases including court decisions in order to identify gaps in the intervention system, criminal justice and criminal procedures system, as well as risk factors to prevent and protect women and girls from those killings.”

Global → girls

Femicide Volume 6: Violence against Girls in Flight | ACUNS Vienna

November 1, 2016 — Studies, Analyses, Reports
Summary:

This is the sixth volume of the ACUNS Femicide series that focuses on violence against girls

Author(s) / Source: ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

This volume contains the speeches delivered at these side events, at which high-ranking officials and experts on GBV presented comprehensive ways of reducing the risk of such violence, increasing the quality of protection for girl victims, and ending the impunity for perpetrators. It also includes the most recent and most effective prevention and mitigation strategies on gender-based violence against underage girls.

In this volume of FEMICIDE we pay particular attention to girl refugees, displaced girls and migrant children, and the specific forms of violence and abuse occurring in the context of their flight. The refugee and migration flows in 2015 and 2016 have often been accompanied by abuses of the rights of children, and girls in particular. In such extreme situations as armed conflict, natural disasters, and other emergencies, girls are especially vulnerable to forced marriage, sexual exploitation, trafficking, psychological and physical intimidation, during all stages of their displacement. As girls are the most vulnerable of the vulnerable and are less likely to seek protection and a remedy, this publication focuses specifically on transnational aspects of violence against children, which are often neglected.

We hope that FEMICIDE Volume 6: Violence Against Girls will serve as a major resource handbook for practitioners, academics, state representatives, activists, legislators and prosecutors, and will contribute to providing directions for prevention and effective responses to violence against girls.

#APRAN Studies, Analyses, Reports

Femicide Volume 6: Violence against Girls in Flight | ACUNS Vienna

November 1, 2016
#VAW, #girls, #flight, #girl refugees, #displaced girls, #migrant children, #forced marriage, #sexual exploitation, #trafficking, #psychological and physical intimidation

Executive Summary

This is the sixth volume of the ACUNS Femicide series that focuses on violence against girls

ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

This volume contains the speeches delivered at these side events, at which high-ranking officials and experts on GBV presented comprehensive ways of reducing the risk of such violence, increasing the quality of protection for girl victims, and ending the impunity for perpetrators. It also includes the most recent and most effective prevention and mitigation strategies on gender-based violence against underage girls.

In this volume of FEMICIDE we pay particular attention to girl refugees, displaced girls and migrant children, and the specific forms of violence and abuse occurring in the context of their flight. The refugee and migration flows in 2015 and 2016 have often been accompanied by abuses of the rights of children, and girls in particular. In such extreme situations as armed conflict, natural disasters, and other emergencies, girls are especially vulnerable to forced marriage, sexual exploitation, trafficking, psychological and physical intimidation, during all stages of their displacement. As girls are the most vulnerable of the vulnerable and are less likely to seek protection and a remedy, this publication focuses specifically on transnational aspects of violence against children, which are often neglected.

We hope that FEMICIDE Volume 6: Violence Against Girls will serve as a major resource handbook for practitioners, academics, state representatives, activists, legislators and prosecutors, and will contribute to providing directions for prevention and effective responses to violence against girls.

Global → femicide

Femicide Volume 4: Taking Action | ACUNS Vienna

January 1, 2015 — Studies, Analyses, Reports
Summary:

 

This is the fourth volume of the ACUNS Femicide series that focuses on taking action.

Author(s) / Source: ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

This is now the fourth volume of “Femicide: A Global Issue that Demands Action” since the 2012 report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, which listed the various forms of femicide.

While the international community condemns the killing of women in the name of honour, targeted sexual violence in war, female infanticide and sex-selective foeticide, female genital mutilation and child marriage, these practices continue. At times, it seems that we are returning to ancient times when women were kidnapped by soldiers, gang-raped, sold in slave markets and forced into submission in marriage to strangers. Even UN peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abuse of civilians.

We are now fortunate to have two outspoken advocates for women, Mrs. Dubravka Simonovic, Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and Mrs. Bangura, Special Rapporteur on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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Femicide Volume 4: Taking Action | ACUNS Vienna

January 1, 2015
#resolutions, #General Assembly, #Special Rapporteur on VAW, #femicide, #VAW

Executive Summary

 

This is the fourth volume of the ACUNS Femicide series that focuses on taking action.

ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

This is now the fourth volume of “Femicide: A Global Issue that Demands Action” since the 2012 report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, which listed the various forms of femicide.

While the international community condemns the killing of women in the name of honour, targeted sexual violence in war, female infanticide and sex-selective foeticide, female genital mutilation and child marriage, these practices continue. At times, it seems that we are returning to ancient times when women were kidnapped by soldiers, gang-raped, sold in slave markets and forced into submission in marriage to strangers. Even UN peacekeepers have been accused of sexual abuse of civilians.

We are now fortunate to have two outspoken advocates for women, Mrs. Dubravka Simonovic, Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and Mrs. Bangura, Special Rapporteur on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Global → armed conflicts

Femicide Volume 3: Targeting of Women in Conflict | ACUNS Vienna

March 1, 2015 — Studies, Analyses, Reports
Summary:

 

This is the third volume of the ACUNS Femicide series with a focus on sexual violence in conflict.

Author(s) / Source: ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

On 25 November 2014, ACUNS, together with the Governments of Austria, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Norway, Philippines and Thailand, sponsored a symposium on ‘Targeting of Women in War’, which brought together panels of experts to address the various challenges that need to be tackled with great urgency to curb the scourge of sexual violence in conflict. A series of recommendations were made, pointing out that existing legal instruments have proven to be ineffective in addressing this global problem. Perpetrators should be prosecuted and military units must be held to high standards of conduct vis-à-vis civilians. Strict compliance with military and criminal codes must be pursued by the responsible government institutions, while complementary efforts must be undertaken by civil society to ensure proper respect for women and girls in conflict zones. Once again, we are standing as silent witnesses to the mass killings of women in several places around the world. It is imperative to take concrete steps to stop these unspeakable crimes and ensure that these monstrous rapists and killers are not given impunity.

Speakers at the ACUNS conference identified what was done – or not done – after the mass killings in Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Guatemala, Rwanda and Sri Lanka. In his annual Report on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, highlights the ongoing challenges faced by individual States in conflict and post-conflict situations to protect women and girls. Reports published in 2014 and early 2015 by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch contain detailed accounts of sexual slavery in Islamic State captivity, Boko Haram’s acts of sexual violence in north-eastern Nigeria and mass rapes in Darfur. The sheer brutality of these acts and the feelings of desperation that are reflected in victims’ testimonies fill us with disgust and shame. These barbarities which one would have thought belonged to past centuries have reared their heads again in the new millennium. The latest figures on mass rapes and incidents of sexual slavery across the world are discouraging. The international community should not stand idly by while these atrocious crimes are being committed. It is essential for the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to give a strong signal that crimes of sexual violence are not to be tolerated, and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

This publication explores the topic of ‘Targeting women in Conflict’ in depth, through a series of strong statements delivered by Secretary-General, the Director of UN Women, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, a prosecutor from the International Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and reports from other UN bodies, as well as academic articles addressing the cross- cutting topics of violence against women, femicide and sexual violence.

#APRAN Studies, Analyses, Reports

Femicide Volume 3: Targeting of Women in Conflict | ACUNS Vienna

March 1, 2015
#women in conflict, #conflict, #femicide, #sexual violence, #slavery, #mass killings

Executive Summary

 

This is the third volume of the ACUNS Femicide series with a focus on sexual violence in conflict.

ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

On 25 November 2014, ACUNS, together with the Governments of Austria, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Norway, Philippines and Thailand, sponsored a symposium on ‘Targeting of Women in War’, which brought together panels of experts to address the various challenges that need to be tackled with great urgency to curb the scourge of sexual violence in conflict. A series of recommendations were made, pointing out that existing legal instruments have proven to be ineffective in addressing this global problem. Perpetrators should be prosecuted and military units must be held to high standards of conduct vis-à-vis civilians. Strict compliance with military and criminal codes must be pursued by the responsible government institutions, while complementary efforts must be undertaken by civil society to ensure proper respect for women and girls in conflict zones. Once again, we are standing as silent witnesses to the mass killings of women in several places around the world. It is imperative to take concrete steps to stop these unspeakable crimes and ensure that these monstrous rapists and killers are not given impunity.

Speakers at the ACUNS conference identified what was done – or not done – after the mass killings in Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Guatemala, Rwanda and Sri Lanka. In his annual Report on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, highlights the ongoing challenges faced by individual States in conflict and post-conflict situations to protect women and girls. Reports published in 2014 and early 2015 by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch contain detailed accounts of sexual slavery in Islamic State captivity, Boko Haram’s acts of sexual violence in north-eastern Nigeria and mass rapes in Darfur. The sheer brutality of these acts and the feelings of desperation that are reflected in victims’ testimonies fill us with disgust and shame. These barbarities which one would have thought belonged to past centuries have reared their heads again in the new millennium. The latest figures on mass rapes and incidents of sexual slavery across the world are discouraging. The international community should not stand idly by while these atrocious crimes are being committed. It is essential for the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to give a strong signal that crimes of sexual violence are not to be tolerated, and that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

This publication explores the topic of ‘Targeting women in Conflict’ in depth, through a series of strong statements delivered by Secretary-General, the Director of UN Women, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, a prosecutor from the International Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and reports from other UN bodies, as well as academic articles addressing the cross- cutting topics of violence against women, femicide and sexual violence.

Global → femicide

Femicide Volume 2: Istanbul Convention | ACUNS Vienna

January 1, 2014 — Studies, Analyses, Reports
Summary:

 

Second volume of the ACUNS Femicide series on forced marriage, VAW and the Istanbul Convention.

Author(s) / Source: ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ACUNS Vienna organized its second annual symposium, focusing on “Forced Marriage, Violence against Women and the Istanbul Convention.” The symposium brought together high-ranking diplomats, representatives from UNFPA, UN Women, UNICEF, OHCHR, and UNODC, with the President of the Austrian Parliament, Ms. Barbara Prammer, who addressed the meeting. The leading proponents of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women, Ms. Feride Acar, Ambassador Dubravka Simonovic, Ms. Gisela Wurm, Ms. Liri Kopaci-Di Michele and Mr. José Mendes Bota made convincing arguments as to why such a detailed convention was relevant and open to all countries.

Femicide: A Global Issue that Demands Action not only contains the proceedings of the symposium, but also includes recent resolutions, debates and legal instruments from the General Assembly, Security Council, Human Rights Council, the Crime Commission, statements of high-ranking officials as well as country and regional reports by Heinrich Böll Stiftung, and additional experts and academia. Additionally, the most heinous crimes against women and girls are examined: early, child and forced marriage; sexual violence as a tactic of war; women’s exacerbated vulnerability in armed conflict; pregnancies resulting from rape; structural and domestic violence against migrant women. The importance of civil society including women’s organizations to end impunity and to thoroughly investigate and prosecute persons responsible for these serious crimes was explicitly referred to within the publication.

#APRAN Studies, Analyses, Reports

Femicide Volume 2: Istanbul Convention | ACUNS Vienna

January 1, 2014
#femicide, #Istanbul Convention, #VAW, #GA resolution, #resolution

Executive Summary

 

Second volume of the ACUNS Femicide series on forced marriage, VAW and the Istanbul Convention.

ACUNS Vienna Liaision Office Femicide Team

 

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ACUNS Vienna organized its second annual symposium, focusing on “Forced Marriage, Violence against Women and the Istanbul Convention.” The symposium brought together high-ranking diplomats, representatives from UNFPA, UN Women, UNICEF, OHCHR, and UNODC, with the President of the Austrian Parliament, Ms. Barbara Prammer, who addressed the meeting. The leading proponents of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women, Ms. Feride Acar, Ambassador Dubravka Simonovic, Ms. Gisela Wurm, Ms. Liri Kopaci-Di Michele and Mr. José Mendes Bota made convincing arguments as to why such a detailed convention was relevant and open to all countries.

Femicide: A Global Issue that Demands Action not only contains the proceedings of the symposium, but also includes recent resolutions, debates and legal instruments from the General Assembly, Security Council, Human Rights Council, the Crime Commission, statements of high-ranking officials as well as country and regional reports by Heinrich Böll Stiftung, and additional experts and academia. Additionally, the most heinous crimes against women and girls are examined: early, child and forced marriage; sexual violence as a tactic of war; women’s exacerbated vulnerability in armed conflict; pregnancies resulting from rape; structural and domestic violence against migrant women. The importance of civil society including women’s organizations to end impunity and to thoroughly investigate and prosecute persons responsible for these serious crimes was explicitly referred to within the publication.

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