The case summaries are based on in-depth case studies mapping women’s experiences of technology-related VAW and their attempts to access justice either through domestic legal remedy or corporate grievance mechanisms. The original case studies were documented as part of the Association for Progressive Communication’s (APC) seven-country research initiative, “From impunity to justice: Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women”, conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines. The project explored the adequacy and effectiveness of domestic legal remedies and corporate policies/redress mechanisms to address the issue of technology-related violence against women (VAW).

The in-depth case studies were developed by country partners between November 2013 and April 2014 and the summaries were prepared by Richa Kaul Padte. The case studies put the emphasison women’s voices and looking at how women exercise and negotiate agency in different situations and contexts. The case studies included interviewing survivors, lawyers, police officers and service providers. There were a total of 24 case studies conducted across 7 countries. The three primary criteria for identifying case studies were:

a) that it must be a VAW case as defined by the UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (DEVAW),
b) that it must be committed via ICTs, and
c) that the woman must have attempted to access justice through the legal system.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina


Democratic Republic of Congo





This research is part of the APC “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS) and is based on a strong alliance with partners in seven countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines.

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