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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.

Sex work and the internet

Menaka Rao
Menaka Rao on 13 January, 2014 - 13:05
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Menaka Rao is a former journalist turned freelance writer.

Sex workers are increasingly using the Interneti for finding business, organising themselves, and fighting for their rights. However, the online space is not without some of the hindrances of the offline one. This is the fifth in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against womeni, pornographyi, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Sexual rights in Indonesia: Creating and protecting safe spaces for women minority groups

Analía Lavin
Analía Lavin on 18 December, 2013 - 17:54
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Analia is a member of the APC's communications team.

While the interneti empowers women living with HIV/AIDS by providing information about their right to privacyi, internet rights iin Indonesia are being threatened by governmenti practices of blockingi and filtering content. During the last Internet Governance Forum ithat took place in October 2013 in Bali, APC talked to Indonesian activist Kamilia Manaf about the challenges that sexual rightsi and internet rights are facing in the country, as well as the impact that an international event like the IGF has in their advocacyi work.

Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – I

Menaka Rao for EROTICS India
Menaka Rao for EROTICS India on 18 December, 2013 - 15:14
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Menaka Rao is a former journalist turned freelance writer.

This is the fourth in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against womeni, pornographyi, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Legal restrictions on content are not helpful - Discussions around feminism, sexuality, technology and violence

Melissa Hope Ditmore
Melissa Hope Ditmore on 18 December, 2013 - 01:44
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APC’s Women’s Rights Programme convened a meeting on feminismi, sexuality, technology and violence at Rutgers University Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rightsi in the United Stateis in November. The three-day meeting ranged from setting out definitions to practical concerns and future collaboration. The meeting grew out of the Exploratory Research Online (EROTICSi) undertaken in 2008 with research projects in five countries. Phase 2 of this project included a survey of sexual rightsi activists about their online experiences. Many were impressed to hear that 98% of sexuality rights activists who completed the survey said that the interneti was critical to their work. However, over half reported receiving threats online and 27% said that they had stopped some of their work online in response. This demonstrates a truly chilling effect and the need for sexuality rights activists to understand how to protect themselves and their organizations online.

Feminist Porn: Re-imagining Parameters of Sex and Sexuality

Richa Kaul Kadte
Richa Kaul Kadte on 9 December, 2013 - 14:26
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Richa Kaul Padte is a writer, researcher and bass-music lover who lives in Bombay and dreams of London. She writes at www.richakaulpadte.com and tweets @hirishitalkies.

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Like being on the street: Women and online abuse

Menaka Rao
Menaka Rao on 29 November, 2013 - 13:51
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Menaka is a former journalist turned freelance writer.

This is the second in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against womeni, pornographyi, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

No easy reading

Alan Finlay
Alan Finlay on 29 November, 2013 - 02:04 on 29 November, 2013 - 02:04
Alan Finlay is a visiting research associate at the University of Witwatersrand's Department of Journalism and Media Studies. He has been a consultant in the internet rights sector for the past 12 years, in which he has worked with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in various capacities. He is the current editor of Global Information Society Watch.

Nora Quebral (2012) – who is credited with coming up with the concept of ‘development communication’ in the early 70s – argued recently in an account of Asian domestic workers in the Middle East, and the right-to-drive protest by women in Saudi Arabia, that any analysis of rights is necessarily deeply contextual: (1) “A tough question to answer would be: in which [of these two societies] do women have more equal rights to communicate and to develop?” (p63) (2) While a universal rights-based discourse considers those rights inalienable, Quebral’s point is that it difficult to analyse the extent

Nora Quebral (2012) - who is credited with coming up with the concept of 'development communication' in the early 70s - argued recently in an account of Asian domestic workers in the Middle East, and the right-to-drive protest by women in Saudi Arabia, that any analysis of rights is necessarily deeply contextual: “A tough question to answer would be: in which [of these two societies] do women have more equal rights to communicate and to develop?” (p63) While a universal rights-based discourse considers those rights inalienable, Quebral's point is that it difficult to analyse the extent that to which those rights are realised, and in doing so to build easy comparisons between different contexts.

Crowdmapping Sexual Harassment in India

EROTICS India
EROTICS India on 27 November, 2013 - 14:00
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Short for “Exploratory Research on ICTs and Sexuality”, EROTICS is a two-phase project of the Association for Progressive Communications in Brazil, India, South Africa, Lebanon and the United States. This blog documents phase two of the project in India. (ICT is spelt TIC in EROTICS as per the Spanish term “tecnología de información y comunicación”.)

This is the first in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against womeni, pornographyi, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Snippets from Connect Your Rights, Mumbai

EROTICS India
EROTICS India on 20 November, 2013 - 23:47
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Point of View held “Connect Your Rights!”, an all-day meeting exploring the links between gender irights, sexual rightsi, and Interneti rights, on November 11, 2013 at Mumbai. It was the first meeting in the second phase of the EROTICSi India project. The first phase comprised of an exploratory research study on sexuality and ICTis in India.

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