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Framed on current comparative study by Colnodo and Sulá Batsú (Civil Society Organizations based in Colombia and Costa Rica respectively) about ICT use, online security and possible risks of information management in activist networks that work with gender perspective in Colombia and Costa Rica, both organizations would like to present cases and discuss how violence against women (activists, journalists, human rights defenders, etc.) through ICTs is not only related with hate speech, but also the need to empower women: why activist women and human rights defenders are more vulnerable to violences against women, what is the importance of helping them to ensure collective processes by sensitize them, train them, strengthen them on strategical uses of digital communication, security issues, and privacy. The cases will show identified risks, safest ways to manage information, how to mitigate those threats and how all it can be strategical and converge into a digital communication protocol for the networks.
Currently, the debate usually focuses on harassment and hate speech, rather than focusing on autonomy, the agency and the safety of women. Developers and security developers are writing applications without consulting women who experienced violence online, or people who work with them. Specific concerns arise based on one solution in the world, which is a rejection of the diversity of women's experiences.
The aim is to enlarge the debate, including the recognition of different women needs considering their context, age, education level, ethnic origin, etc. Also, to promote innovation; motivate software developers and technology leaders to create software and ICT tools that recognize those differences and work to combat violence against women, strengthening women rights online using protocols, tools, resources, etc. And finally, to sensitize audience about the online violence against women not just like a classic example of hate speech but a specific case of gender based violence.