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Interview with Yvonne Oluoch: Winner of the #IncYOUBateIT competition hosted by Making All Voices Count.

Jennifer Radloff
Jennifer Radloff on 20 January, 2015 - 12:34
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Jennifer is a South African feminist who has worked regionally and globally on the issue of women's right to communicate and ICTs for social change since 1994. She currently coordinates APC's work in supporting women human rights defenders use of ICTs securely through capacity building.

"In a continent where women form a majority of the population and half of the workforce, it is an anomaly that the percentage of women working in technology is less than 15%. Technology is one of the key factors driving Africa’s projected economic rise. As such, there is enormous potential for maximizing the growth of technology through increasing the number and quality of women in technology."

Building women’s access to justice: Technology-related VAW in law and corporate policy

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 10 January, 2015 - 16:25
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also a contributor of the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

This article is based on the issue paper written by Namita Maholtra as part of the APC “End violence: Women´s rights and safety online” project entitled “Good questions on technology-related violence”, and on a strong alliance with partners in seven countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines. Looking at tech-related violence against women, law and corporate policy, this article by Tarryn Booysen summarises the major points in the paper, responding to frequent questions on tech-related VAW and answering them with the research findings.

DJ'S CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Gender neutral store, agents of change and father's rights

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 5 January, 2015 - 09:32
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also a contributor of the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, 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 ICTsi. 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 apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

Highlights on tech-related violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico and the Philippines

Flavia Fascendini
Flavia Fascendini on 12 December, 2014 - 17:17
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Flavia is Spanish and Portuguese GenderIT.org editor.

APC’s “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project has achieved several milestones in the last few years, through the engagement of seven country partners who have explored the dynamics of tech-related violence against women (VAW) in their local contexts, and worked with different stakeholders in the process. 2014 opened up new possibilities and challenges for partners, and APCNews interviewed Valentina Pellizzer from OWPSEE, Erika Smith from Mexico, and Lisa García from the Foundation for Media Alternatives to get a sense of where they are at in their work against tech-related VAW.

10 tips for challenging internet-based gender-discrimination and online harassment against women and girls

Brindusa Luciana Grosu, YouAct member from Romania
Brindusa Luciana Grosu, YouAct member from Romania on 10 December, 2014 - 20:58
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Luciana is a Romanian psychologist and journalist passionate about gender equality and women and children`rights. She loves writing and over the years won several international prizes in essay competitions.Her dream is to be able to contribute to a real and visible change by combining Activism, Arts and Psychosocial Therapy.

If you know how to use the technology, you can avoid becoming a victim. Before speaking out, it is important to take your time to understand the way the internet works.

AfriSIG 2014: The Journey

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 5 December, 2014 - 07:53 · Africa
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also a contributor of the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

I embarked on my journey to the second African School on Internet Governance with a few readings done and the Wikimedia definition of internet governance memorized. Eager to learn and to contribute the bit I’ve learned over the past few months, little did I know what awaited me.

DJ'S CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Child friendly searches,'forced femininity' and a folder titled passwords

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 4 December, 2014 - 10:40
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also a contributor of the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, 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 ICTsi. 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 apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

Difficulties in documenting: Why it can be hard for women to speak out

Sara Baker
Sara Baker on 30 November, 2014 - 17:33
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Sara is the Take Back the Tech! campaign coordinator.

I’ve been trying to interview women and girls for the documentation action that Take Back the Tech! announced. I’ve found it’s more difficult than I anticipated, so I wanted to explore the reasons why because I think they are directly related to the theme of freedom of expression.

DJ'S CHOICE OF THE WEEK: It's time to digitally detox... and watch some funny parodies

Alexandra Groome
Alexandra Groome on 28 November, 2014 - 19:07
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Based in Montreal, Canada, Alex is Executive Assistant at the Association for Progressive Communications and sells veggies for Urban Barns Foods. She graduated with a BAH in Environmental Studies and Geography at Queen's University in 2012.

DJ’s choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.org, 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 apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

Trials of a confused feminist (in an internet governance school)

Maggie Hazvinei Mapondera
Maggie Hazvinei Mapondera on 24 November, 2014 - 15:22
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Maggie Hazvinei Mapondera works in Communications for Just Associates Southern Africa, a global network of activists, popular educators and scholars in 27 countries working to strengthen and amplify the voice, visibility and collective power of women for a just and sustainable world for all. She graduated from Yale with a BA in Comparative Literature, focusing on African literatures in French and English. She has volunteered with Zimbabwean refugees and asylum-seekers in South Africa as an intern for PASSOP (People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty). In her free time, Maggie volunteers for the Women News Network, browses second-hand bookstores, and sinks happily into the pages of a compelling novel.

As I sit at the Internet Governance School in perhaps the lushest hotel I have ever stayed in, I am struck with the somewhat unwelcome (but certainly not unfamiliar) feeling of being way out of my depth. I have always paid lip service to this whole “exposing myself to new experiences, new ideas” thing. After all, that’s how we grow, isn’t it? It’s exciting! Fun! Awesome! It’s how we learn. It’s how we sharpen our analysis against the whetstone of other people’s ideas, thoughts, approaches — the more contrarian and different from our own, the better. Because we all know that bubbles are dangerous and staying in them can often encourage a hardline fundamentalist way of thinking that is unhelpful at best and downright insufferable at the worst.

DJ'S CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Gender neutral sex toy, Twitter, and freestyle jamming!

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 20 November, 2014 - 07:16
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also a contributor of the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, 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 ICTsi. 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 apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

Social media: Why can't I just leave? Why is it hard to stay?

Flavia Fascendini
Flavia Fascendini on 20 November, 2014 - 02:43
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Flavia is based in Argentina and is the GenderIT.org Spanish editor since 2007. And she still believes in the power of women who use social media.

I am a social media user, for several years now. I think Facebook, in particular, and the way it sets what is possible and what is not possible for its users, is slowly imitating the circle of life but in such a way that it narrows down our options, rather than opening them up. We start feeling more and more trapped after investing so much of our data, history, affections and expectations in our pages. I want a life online, but I want it my way – which means something diverse, not binary, something changing, sometimes questioning or indecisive.

Join today IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology campaign to end the gender gap in technology

Global Fund for Women and UN Women
Global Fund for Women and UN Women on 18 November, 2014 - 00:58
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Join us and add your voice to Global Fund for Women’s online petition, co-presented with UN Women, calling for governments and the United Nations to take action to end the gender gap in technology to advance women’s rights. Sign the petition today to demand women and girls’ equal access to and control of technology.

Violence silences: Document. Challenge. Reclaim our right to expression

Take Back the Tech!
Take Back the Tech! on 17 November, 2014 - 20:22
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How do you challenge existing inequalities by speaking up? When you voice your thoughts, do you face threats and abuse? How is violence used to disrupt solidarity and collective action where you are? How do you fight back? This year's Take Back the Tech!i campaign invites you to help us reframe the conversation about violence against womeni as a violation of our fundamental human right to freedom of expressioni. Get involved!

DJ'S CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Zuckerberg, gender pronouns and LGBTQ

Tarryn Booysen
Tarryn Booysen on 7 November, 2014 - 10:45
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Tarryn is a South African BA graduate with majors in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works on the End Violence: Women’s rights and safety online project as the administrative assistant. Tarryn is also a contributor of the weekly section of GenderIT, DJ’s Choice.

DJ's choice is a weekly section by GenderIT.orgi, 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 ICTsi. 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 apcwomen.org or tweet us your links using #genderit.

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