Meha Jouini: The internet has allowed me to publicly express my identity as an Amazigh woman activist

Leila Nachawati Rego on 01 Oct 2015 | 46views
Maha Jouini is an Addis Ababa-based Tunisian blogger, and women’s rights and indigenous rights activist, with a special focus on the Amazigh community. APC’s Leila Nachawati met Meha in Addis Ababa during the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) in September and here is what they talked about.

Internet governance: Who sets the rules?

Yvonne Oluoch on 22 Sep 2015 | 290views
When it comes to decision making, policies and advocacy, in most cases women are usually left behind especially in relation to ICTs. I must say that I am pleased with the representation of women at the African Internet Governance Forum and before I continue I must commend the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) for making this possible and continuing to give young women and youth opportunities for participating in such forums.

Imagine a Feminist Internet: Reflections on freedom of expression and mysoginistic online content

Dhyta Caturani on 20 Sep 2015 | 598views
This video by Dhyta Caturani from Engage Media features Sheena Magenya and Naomi Fontanos speaking about online mysoginistic content and its relation to freedom of expression, while attending the second Imagine a Feminist Internet in Malaysia, July 2015.

Uganda urgently needs to prioritise gender equality online

Irene Murungi on 19 Sep 2015 | 153views
Ahead of the launch of our Women’s Rights Online research, this series of guest blogs features on-the-ground perspectives from each of our research partners around the world. In this post, Irene Murungi, Gender Policy Officer at Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), talks about why it’s important to get more Ugandan women online and involved in internet policy debates.

Women in Africa and expression on the internet

Sheena G. Magenya on 15 Sep 2015 | 684views
We all have an interesting relationship with the internet. In many ways, our current relationships with the internet are indicators of the socio-cultural, economic and political contexts that we live and work in. For many women in the east and southern parts of Africa, our relations with the internet are deeply classed, with women living in urban and semi-urban areas having easier and more access to the internet, either via cybercafés or through WAP-enabled phones. Younger women too are more tech savvy and have more access to the internet than older women, and other women living in rural parts of the continent.

Transhumanist technology, gender bias and feminist bosses

Tarryn Booysen on 15 Sep 2015 | 325views
DJ's choice is a weekly section by, exploring the depths of the web to provide you once a week with a top 5 of creative, interesting and informative pieces and resources on gender and ICTs. Delight yourself with this selection of “sparks”: Good readings, interesting links, videos, pictures, cool authors to point to, amazing tools, and much more. Send us interesting material to genderit at or tweet us your links using #genderit.

Imagine a feminist internet: Participation and political movements

Florencia Goldsman on 14 Sep 2015 | 174views
What does a feminist approach to the internet mean? What difference does approaching the internet as a feminist make? How is our political activity changed by cyber activism? While meditating on political participation at the hashtag #imagineafeministinternet, Florencia Goldsman shares some thoughts about these constructs in progress.

Multi-stakeholderism is about losing: Reflections on working through the AfriSIG practicum

Natasha Msonza on 07 Sep 2015 | 314views
‘Multi-stakeholderism is about losing.’ I first heard this statement on the first day of the African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) in Dr David Souter’s lecture and overview of the Internet governance ecosystem and its key players

Exchange moment

Chioma Phibe Nwaodike on 07 Sep 2015 | 223views
It all started a couple of weeks ago when the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) invited me to apply for participation in an exchange with women’s rights, internet rights and sexual rights activists to discuss, exchange and build awareness and understanding of the relationship between gender, women’s rights and internet governance. I had not realized that at end of it, I would not be afraid to call myself a feminist.

The experience of complexities and dynamics in public policy making

Loyce Kyogabirwe on 05 Sep 2015 | 239views
It is on again! The third African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) kicked off on Tuesday September 2015 in Addis Abba. The 2015 #AfriSIG is a diverse and dynamic group of people with different gender identities, expertise and age. Being at the AfriSIG is a whole new experience to me and has made me realise how little I know about the internet and internet governance in particular despite the fact that I use it every day.

Reflections on gender and internet governance in Africa

Chenai Chair on 04 Sep 2015 | 431views
Before I attended the Gender and Internet Governance eXchange (gigX) I did not think there was anything I could say related to gender activism. The last four days have reaffirmed the saying shared on the first day “if you are not at the table you will be on the menu”.

‘Governing’ my internet

Atieno Otieno on 04 Sep 2015 | 268views
I never thought the internet to be knotty. That all I needed was my device of choice, an internet service provider and voila! Get my connection, click, click, click, open up a page, browse through it, close tab, open another, like an update, favorite a tweet, laugh at some memes and move on to the next tab. Nothing is ever that easy.

Internet governance in Africa - #AfriSIG2015 #GIGxAfrica #IGF2015

APC on 03 Sep 2015 | 195views
In order to strengthen internet governance in Africa, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is organising a series of events to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during September 2015. Follow them here.

Barriers to women’s participation on the internet evolve with increased ‘access’

Natasha Msonza on 03 Sep 2015 | 1,893views
In the opening session at this year’s Gender and Internet Governance eXchange (gigXAfrica), participants highlighted some key questions they had that they hoped would be answered during the exchange. One participant innocently asked: if the internet is free for all, how are women really marginalized in that space? This is my attempt at a calm response to this question that I am slowly realising occupies the minds of many.

Online safety is critical

Mary Kiio on 01 Sep 2015 | 517views
I attended my first workshop on online safety about two years ago. The sessions were practical. I learned how to protect my passwords, how to surf online in a way that will not have my privacy invaded, how to use the spectrogram exercise to discuss difficult issues, among many other things. But the most important part was that I was able to learn how to share this information with others especially women who were the most vulnerable.
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