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Wednesday, March 30 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Facing violence, empowering women: fighting online misogyny in a human rights framework

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Technology-related Violence Against Women are acts of gender-based violence either committed or aggravated by the use of ICTs.

While there is a growing recognition of the importance of integrating VAW discussions on Internet policy, a difficulty is that of dealing with the sometimes seemingly contradictory human rights of freedom of expression and those related to gender protection and gender-related emancipation. This issue expresses itself oftentimes in the subject of intermediary liability in terms of third party contents, but not only - specially regarding cases of blackmail, extorsion and breach of intimacy. One way to go in this discussion is to fight speech with speech - digital platforms being used as advocacy tools to fight misogyny and gender stereotypes.

At the same time, the way acts of online VAW evolve call for integrating into the discussion the way other rights, particularly social rights, are affected and/or can be mobilized.

This session draws on research, advocacy initiatives and experiences from different places of the globe, with the wider objective of finding common grounds for protecting these different sets of human rights, building bridges between Internet and gender policy discussions, and strengthening networks of research and raising awareness initiatives.

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Betsy Bramon

Senior Policy Advisor, Gender-based Violence, Tech, U.S. Department of State
A dedicated human rights advocate with 10 years of international experience working in civil society, government and community activism, Betsy has deep expertise in cross-cutting fields within human rights sectors in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Her expertise in human rights focuses on Internet freedom and human rights online, women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, forced labor, human trafficking and modern slavery. A few examples of her... Read More →
avatar for Nathaly Espitia Diaz

Nathaly Espitia Diaz

Communications coordinator, Karisma Foundation
Social communicator, journalist and free culture | activist. Currently she is the cordinator of the communications team at Karisma foundation and member of Creative Commons Colombia. She works in the development of comunications strategies for differente projects of culture and technology. She is part of alternative communications projects in Colombia.

Furhan Hussain

Bytes for All
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Julie Owono

Head of Africa Desk, Internet Sans Frontières
I am the Head of Africa Desk at Internet Sans Frontières (Internet Without Borders) where I focus on Rights and Freedoms in the digital space, and develop the organization globally. I am also a lawyer at the Paris Bar, working on Telecommunications, Intellectual property. | Subjects that I'm interested in : Gender equality, Democracy in Africa, Innovation in Africa, Surveillance... and Music :-) | My work was published in various... Read More →
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Carolina Rossini

VP of International Policy, Public Knowledge
2016 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
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Mariana Valente

Director, InternetLab

Wednesday March 30, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
The Cottage

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