International Women’s Day: Stories of progress and challenges in online civic spaces
|Online spaces can provide opportunities for marginalized groups to connect and express themselves, but they have also become sites of harassment and surveillance, limiting access to information and resources. The burden of staying safe online often falls on those who have been targeted for abuse.
On International Women’s Day, IFEX Regional Editors share stories from their regions about steps being taken to balance safety and freedom online. These efforts include Colombia’s new legislation to combat digital violence, Pakistan’s Digital Rights Foundation mobilizing women to speak out, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights introducing a resolution aimed at making online spaces safer for women. The stories also shed light on Palestinian women facing surveillance and harassment online and North Macedonia’s “double-victimization” of women journalists.
Check out the full set in English on our website. The MENA regional brief is also available in Arabic, the Americas in Spanish, and the Europe and Central Asia in Spanish and in French.
France should respect rights of protesters, investigate reports of police abuse
“French authorities should respect the rights of protesters. They should assess whether police tactics used are necessary and proportionate, investigate allegations of excessive use of force, and hold officers responsible for abuses to account” – HRW
Censorship updates in China: Chatbot, foreign correspondents, Weibo manipulation
Freedom House monitored an uptick in censorship within China during the annual National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
Poland: Government ramps up pressure on critical media ahead of parliamentary election
Political attacks, regulatory investigations and bill to amplify state propaganda channels fire starting gun on pre-election pressure.
Qaṭar: Woman human rights defender Noof Al-Maadeed faces grave violations of her civil and human rights
GCHR calls on the Qatari government to end all forms of oppression and violence that are still commonly practiced against women.
Tunisia is stuck in a permanent state of emergency
Tunisia’s continued state of emergency is threatening its fledgling democracy.
Ruling on journalist’s defamation suit disappointing and disturbing
Not only does a Ghanian High Court judge dismiss a defamation suit filed by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, but he goes on to describe him as a “corrupt blackmailer”.