A research conducted by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in 12 countries through the MDG3 project revealed that the incidence of technology-related violence against women (VAW) is increasing. The most common cases documented were cyberstalking, sexual harassment, surveillance and the unauthorised use and manipulation of personal information including images and videos. A major concern is that women and girls who fall victim do not know what to do to stop the abuse, what charges they can report, who they should report to and what help they can get. In these countries, policies, regulations or services that respond to these new forms of violence do not exist or are inadequate. It is urgent to formulate effective policies that protect the rights of individual users and develop remedies to the increasing incidence of technology-related VAW.
Work on technology-related VAW continued from 2012-2015 through the APC Funding Leadership Opportunities for Women (FLOW) project. The project built on the work of seven countries: the Philippines, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mexico, Columbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The project supported national activities within the countries through global campaigning, capacity building, research and policy advocacy efforts. It enabled NGOs, individuals, policy-makers and state and private actors to develop a deeper understanding of and response to technology-related violence against women and ICT.