UNCSW 58: Perspectives on Technology, Safety, and Violence Against Women and Girls

By: Alice Medcof, CFUW Delegate at the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

I attended the parallel event “Perspectives on Technology, Safety, and Violence Against Women and Girls”, conducted by the Director of National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), who works closely with the creators of Facebook and is an expert in internet technology.

At the session, participants were told about Spyware, which can be loaded onto anyone’s computer or handheld device without the owner knowing.  For example, if an estranged husband has been ordered to stay away from his children the following can happen: the husband can download a spying application onto her phone without her knowing, read all emails and texts, listen in to all conversations, search her device’s calendar, etc, and then leave her a message saying “I know what you are doing today.” …..and you can imagine the rest….

NNEDV trains police officers, lawyers, judges, politicians when invited to do so.  This programme is based in the United States and has affiliates in Australia, United Kingdom and elsewhere.  It has also done work in Canada.

For more information see the website www.nnedv.org

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