The rising influence of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) has paralleled the rapid development of women’s political participation worldwide. For women entering political life or holding public positions, new ICTs are frequently used as tools of gender-specific electoral and political violence.
Despite the emphasis placed on the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) in Nigeria, women are often underrepresented in terms of access and use. Gender differences in ICT use in Nigeria are linked to patterns of discrimination in the society at large, as well as with patterns of power relations within the home.
In 2007, members of the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign in Iran and the Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML) network initiated the ‘Violence is not our Culture’ (VNC) campaign. The VNC is aimed at bringing an end to the misuse of culture and religion to justify violence against women (VAW).
Two decades after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, tens of thousands of refugees remain in exile. Since October 2002, the governments of Rwanda and Uganda, and UNHCR have been playing an active role in promoting the voluntary repatriation of Rwandan refugees.