sexual rights

Good women, girls and HIV: Morality over health at the Commission on the Status of Women

Every March, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. This year’s theme was the Millennium Development Goals, because a new development framework is being worked out beyond 2015. In addition to the events about technology, this year’s Commission on the Status of Women negotiated a resolution on HIV. Negotiating the resolution on Women, the girl child and HIV/AIDS was difficult and went late into the night.

Every March, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. This year’s theme was the Millennium Development Goals, because a new development framework is being worked out beyond 2015.

Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet

We invite you to join our Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality, & the Internet to explore and develop our collective understanding of what a feminist internet looks like. The meeting will be held in Malaysia between April 12 and 17 and brings together scholars, activists, and policy specialists from local, regional, and international organizations and networks.

APC’s Women’s Rights and Communication Information Policy programmes work to explore and promote a queer and feminist analysis of the practice and governance of internet technology. Since 2008, the EROTICS project has looked particularly at sexual rights movements’ engagement with the internet across the globe, as well as constructions and expressions of non-heteronormative sexualities online.

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

From April 12th - 17th, APC's Women's Rights and Communications Information Policy programmes will bring together activists working in the sexual rights movement and internet rights movement to a global dialogue on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet in Port Dickson, Malaysia.

From April 12th - 17th, APC's Women's Rights and Communications Information Policy programmes will bring together activists working in the sexual rights movement and internet rights movement to a global dialogue on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet in Port Dickson, Malaysia.

Hooked on: Sex work and mobile phones

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.

“I keep one mobile phone for the family and one for the clients,” said Renuka Kale, a sex worker in her late twenties living in Sangli district in south Maharashtra and an activist with VAMP* (Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad, also known as the Sex Workers’ Collective Against Injustice). The two phones are a curious metaphor to the dual life she lives.

LAC countries submit position letter on CSW58 agreed conclusions

The position of Latin American and Caribbean countries on the CSW58 agreed conclusions emphasises the inseparable link that exists between human rights 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.

The position of Latin American and Caribbean countries on the CSW58 agreed conclusions emphasises the inseparable link that exists between human rights and development.

Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – II

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.

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.

While the publication and transmission of online pornography is already an offence in India, two 2013 petitions – one filed in the Rajya Sabha and one in the Supreme Court – seek a ban on its consumption at well.

APC launches website on sex, rights and the internet

In the second phase of the groundbreaking EROTICS project, an exploratory research project into sexuality and the internet, the Association for Progressive Communications has launched a new website (http://erotics.apc.org) to reflect the project's background, share knowledge and feature updates on the initiative.

In the second phase of the groundbreaking EROTICS project, an exploratory research project into sexuality and the internet, the Association for Progressive Communications has launched a new website (http://erotics.apc.org) to reflect the project’s background, share knowledge and feature updates on the initiative.

EROTICS, developed by APC and partners from India, Brazil and Indonesia, aims to narrow the gap between political assumptions and an understanding of content and “harm” based on women’s real experience of sexuality online.

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

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 LGBT is criminalise under the harshest sentences: offenders can receive life imprisonment for homosexual acts. Throughout our work on EROTICS, we have confirmed the importance of the internet for sexual rights activists in performing their work. What does this new law means for the empowerment 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 and sexual rights activist in Uganda to answer those questions.

_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 LGBT is criminalise under the harshest sentences: offenders can receive life imprisonment for homosexual acts. Throughout our work on EROTICS, we have confirmed the importance of the internet for sexual rights activists in performing their work.

Porn and Violence: Navigating the Grey Areas

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 pornography, gender, sexuality and the freedom of speech.

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 pornography, gender, sexuality and the freedom of speech.

Pornographic Love

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 portals?

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 portals?

A busty shaved blonde is photographed lying on her back, legs spread and raised in the air, as she stares into the camera. The text above her reads, “NO FEES or CHARGES: just hot babes and hardcore free porn action”. Flashing red “Enter Here” buttons are strategically placed above and below her, inviting visitors into My Free Pay Site, a popular porn website.

Snippets from “Tangled, Like Wool”, New Delhi

Point of View and CREA held “Tangled, Like Wool” a day-long meeting of activists, NGOs, researchers, bloggers, media persons and other stakeholders for exploring the links between pornography, 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 EROTICS 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 Bangalore.

Point of View and CREA held “Tangled, Like Wool” a day-long meeting of activists, NGOs, researchers, bloggers, media persons and other stakeholders for exploring the links between pornography, 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 EROTICS India project, the first being held in Mumbai in November 2013.

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

Human rights 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.

Human rights 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.

Sex work and the internet

Sex workers are increasingly using the Internet 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 women, pornography, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

Sex workers are increasingly using the Internet 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 women, pornography, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

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

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

While the internet empowers women living with HIV/AIDS by providing information about their right to privacy, internet rights in Indonesia are being threatened by government practices of blocking and filtering content.

Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – I

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 women, pornography, sexuality, and freedoms and risks in the online world.

If we accept that nothing is wrong with sexual arousal, what is wrong in reading a text or watching a cartoon, online porn, or using a powder to create sexual arousal?

This is the fourth in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013.

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