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APC launches collaborative initiative to protect, promote and defend sexual rights online

Shawna Finnegan
Shawna Finnegan on 3 April, 2014 - 20:55
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From April 12th - 17th, APC's Women's Rightsi and Communications Information Policyi programmes will bring together activists working in the sexual rightsi movement and internet rights imovement to a global dialogue on Gender, Sexuality and the Interneti in Port Dickson, Malaysia.

Hooked on: Sex work and mobile phones

Rohini Lakshané
Rohini Lakshané on 3 April, 2014 - 12:19
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Rohini Lakshané is the editor of EROTICS India, a former technology journalist and a Wikipedian. Her core interests include 'openness', technology for good and online civil liberties. Contact: rohini at pointofview dot org/ @aldebaran14

Street-based sex workers manage all business over the phone. Clients arrange their visits after confirming the sex workers’ availability via mobile phones. Sex workers communicate easily with outstation clients and their maalaks (literally meaning “masters”, often regular customers who have graduated into lovers), without the fear of prying eyes. Being constantly connected also helps build client relations, so to speak. “When I go out of town, my clients call and ask, ‘How long will you stay there? Come back’,” beamed Bharati Kamble. They share their joys and sorrows with their lovers over the phone; the conversation isn’t always about sex.

LAC countries submit position letter on CSW58 agreed conclusions

FF
FF on 19 March, 2014 - 21:46
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The position of Latin American and Caribbean countries on the CSW58 agreed conclusions emphasises the inseparable link that exists between human rightsi and development. The signing organisations, which include APC, also express concern over the non-incorporation of the human rights of women in the agreed conclusions and the elimination of references to sexual and reproductive rights.

Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – II

Rohini Lakshané
Rohini Lakshané on 17 March, 2014 - 15:57
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Rohini Lakshané is the editor of EROTICS India, a former technology journalist and a Wikipedian. Her core interests include 'openness', technology for good and online civil liberties.

This is the third in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Tangled, Like Wool” meeting held in New Delhi in January 2014.

APC launches website on sex, rights and the internet

EROTICS
EROTICS on 10 March, 2014 - 12:59
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In the second phase of the groundbreaking EROTICSi project, an exploratory research project into sexuality and the interneti, the Association for Progressive Communicationsi has launched a new website (http://erotics.apc.org) to reflect the project's background, share knowledge and feature updates on the initiative.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill – a great blow to internet freedom

KDM
KDM on 5 March, 2014 - 17:19
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One month after Nigeria's president signed into law a harsh law criminalising sexual minorities, Uganda has followed suit by signing it's own “anti-gay”, as dubbed by the media, bill. Joining Tanzania, Mauritania, Sudan and Sierra Leone, Uganda and Nigeria have join the club of countries in the continent where the LGBTi is criminalise under the harshest sentences: offenders can receive life imprisonment for homosexual acts. Throughout our work on EROTICSi, we have confirmed the importance of the interneti for sexual rightsi activists in performing their work. What does this new law means for the empowermenti and the capacity to advocate for sexual rights of activists in Uganda? Does the ongoing harassment and now criminalisation of the LGBT community transposes to the online environment? We asked KDM, internet rights iand sexual rights activist in Uganda to answer those questions.

Porn and Violence: Navigating the Grey Areas

Richa Kaul Padte
Richa Kaul Padte on 26 February, 2014 - 14:35
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Richa is a writer, researcher and bass-music lover. She writes at www.richakaulpadte.com and tweets @hirishitalkies.

Some were uncomfortable with certain types and scales of violence being represented, such as rape porn or gang-rape porn. Others felt that was just fantasy. This is the first in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Tangled, Like Wool” meeting held in New Delhi in January 2014. Through talks, presentations and discussions, the meeting explored the links between pornographyi, gender, sexuality and the freedom of speech.

Pornographic Love

Richa Kaul Padte
Richa Kaul Padte on 26 February, 2014 - 14:05
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Richa is a writer, researcher and bass-music lover. She writes at www.richakaulpadte.com and tweets @hirishitalkies.

Richa Kaul Padte explores Pornographic Love, one of the three websites that received a Feminist Porn Award in 2013, and asks the question: What makes this website different from mainstream porn portalis?

Snippets from “Tangled, Like Wool”, New Delhi

EROTICS India
EROTICS India on 31 January, 2014 - 10:27
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Point of View and CREA held “Tangled, Like Wool” a day-long meeting of activists, NGOs, researchers, blogigers, media persons and other stakeholders ifor exploring the links between pornographyi, gender, sexuality and the freedom of speech, held on January 28, 2014 at New Delhi. It was the second meeting of the second phase of the EROTICSi India project, the first being held in Mumbai in November 2013. Through talks, presentations and discussions, the meeting took a comprehensive and multi-faceted look at the nuances of issues pertaining to online pornography in India. It was live-tweeted with the hashtag #EROTICSDel. EROTICS India meetings with the same or similar themes are scheduled to take place in Kolkata, Chennai and Bangialore.

Interview: Adolescent Girls’ Mobile Phone Use in Bihar, Jharkhand, UP

Rohini Lakshané
Rohini Lakshané on 13 January, 2014 - 13:45
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Human rightsi organisation CREA conducted a study in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh last year to assess the feasibility of delivering sexual and reproductive health information through mobile phones to adolescent girls. The study was a part of the “It’s My Body” programme held in collaboration with 15 local community-based organisations for girls aged 12 to 18 years. The findings of the study reveal the many complexities of providing information on sexual health to minors — the girls’ use of the mobile phone is extremely restricted and monitored by families, telecom operators are wary of partnering with such an initiative, and families and communities are uncomfortable with the topic. Rohini Lakshané speaks with Sanjana Gaind, Program Manager, Young Women’s Feminist Leadership, CREA about the study.

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