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MENA: Who talks for the region?

Talkingpersonal on 20 April, 2012 - 21:49
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I am an AWID participant, and it is my first time to attend the forum.I attended the first session of in-depth session on “Women’s Rights and Transitions to Democracy in the MENA region”and I stayed only for the introduction of the panelists, I was disappointed and I left. I found no young feminists on board, no one who is actually taking part on the ground in the region, the panelists came from a funding organization, AWID, UNFPA and an international women's rightsi organization. But where are the feminists on the ground?

Last Rescue in Siam: A comedy about anti-trafficking raids in Thailand

Melissa Ditmore
Melissa Ditmore on 20 April, 2012 - 14:58
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Empower Foundation of Thailand has creatively used art and media to promote the rights of sex workers for over 20 years. Empower has collaborated with artists to bring their messages to people in Thailand, in cartoons, in nearly life-size papier mache dolls that are more well traveled than the sex workers they represent, and in their own books. But these have been primarily for audiences in Thailand, including brothel workers, health care workers, policyi makers and the men who love the ladies. Electronic media has enabled their work to reach further.

Thinking about gender and technology

Nyx McLean
Nyx McLean on 20 April, 2012 - 05:43 · Africa
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Nyx is an activist who works in various fields, including gender-based violence, LGBTIAQ rights, internet rights, identity and media for social change. She holds an MA from Rhodes University, and her academic work deals primarily with rape reporting and normative theories of the media.

In South Africa a video recently went viral in which a young woman is gang-raped. This video has re-ignited discussions around gender-based violence within the country, many of these discussions have taken place on social media platforms such as Twitter.

Filtered by the state, inspired by Gita Sen

vale on 19 April, 2012 - 22:00
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Today Gita Sen said “we are in a fierce vicious unequal new economic world where battlegrounds are many” and a few hours later in the session on “Commodification of knowledge: how increasing access and availability of the interneti had transformed the way knowledge is produced and shared” a participant made us notice that “We were being watched." And it's true behind the gorgeous beauty of Istanbul there is a statei that filters access to the net, a state that does not allow sites to be displayed if they use “certain” words or images.

Anonymize yourself: digital security and feminist practice of technology

vale on 19 April, 2012 - 20:54
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As the day passed I saw myself surrendering to the fact that there is nothing good in the laziness of a routine that prevent us from thinking about technological abuse that we as women activists can suffer and make the other suffering. When on the 18 we had the feminist tech exchange I understood that I need, I have to anonymize myself.

What matters in building feminist power through technologies?

Jan Moolman
Jan Moolman on 10 April, 2012 - 13:15
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Jan Moolman is a feminist editor, writer, trainer and activist with extensive experience in the Southern African women’s and communication rights sector. She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and works for the APC's Women's Programme as a senior project coordinator,

This feminist talk was first presented by Jan Moolman at the research meeting the ‘Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society’ that was organized by IT for Change, and took place in Bangialore in February 2012. In her contribution, she shared her views on some challenges that impact on feminists solidarity and ability to organize.

Latest CSW session could be a real step backward

Dafne Sabanes Plou
Dafne Sabanes Plou on 10 April, 2012 - 12:08
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Dafne works as the APC women's programme regional coordinator in Latin America. She is a journalist and long-time women's rights activist. Dafne lives just outside of Buenos Aires.

The inability of governmentis to agree on a common language of sexual and reproductive rights at the latest CSW session could potentially threaten established women's rightsi. So-called “traditional values” contradicti the spirit and effectiveness of human rightsi.

FTX @ AWID Forum 2012

What are the emerging risks and challenges that women's rightsi advocates face in using technology for activism? How can we strategise to work more safely and securely online? What is the feminist politics of privacyi, security and the right to participate on the interneti? Join us at the Feminist Tech Exchange on 18 April 2012, just before the 12th AWID International Forum, to explore and exchange ideas and strategies on the feminist politics and practices of online security, privacy and women's rightsi!

APC at the 12th AWID International Forum

GenderIT.org on 4 April, 2012 - 20:27
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APC members and staff will be participating at the 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development in Istanbul, Turkey from 19-22 April 2012. The theme of the 12th AWID Forum is “Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice”, and APC Women's Networking Support Programmei will be hosting a number of workshops as well as a pre-events on the feminist practices and politics of the interneti.

'Love Letter to the Soldier' - video that moves people to change

Enrico Aditjondro for EngageMedia
Enrico Aditjondro for EngageMedia on 28 February, 2012 - 09:50
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Maria Goreti, a papuan woman, was left pregnant and abandoned by an indonesian soldier. She and her 3-year-old daughter are still waiting for him to return. South to South Film Festival award-winning short film “Love letter to the Soldier” by EngageMedia tells her story.

Can we map gender-based violence without spreading it?

Grady Johnson
Grady Johnson on 14 December, 2011 - 07:20
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Grady Johnson is a writer and researcher focused on issues of freedom of expression. He is a major contributor to APC's Internet Rights Monitor and the new "Connect your rights: Internet rights are human rights" campaign. Grady also acts as GenderIT.org English Language Editor. He is based in Ottawa, Canada.

Help us to "make the connection" between human rights and internet rights

Connect Your Rights campaign
Connect Your Rights campaign on 12 December, 2011 - 06:03
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When did you first realise how your freedom of expressioni or association could be violated online? When did you first "make the connection" between human rightsi and internet rights ias a women human rights defender? The "Connect Your Rights campaign" campaign and GenderIT.orgi is calling for submissions of blogis, poems, digital stories, artwork and other visuals to help others make the connection.

Silence is not the solution - women bloggers stand up to trolls

Grady Johnson
Grady Johnson on 18 November, 2011 - 14:56
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The net is not neutral. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the experience of women blogigers. Women blogigers face an unprecedented level of harassment and abuse online - both in terms of the volume and vitriol of attacks. But now women writers everywhere are standing up and speaking out against cyberharassment.

Map it. End it. Take Back the Tech!

Take Back The Tech!
Take Back The Tech! on 16 November, 2011 - 13:57
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This year we call on campaigners to collectively gather evidence for transformation, strengthen our capacity for safer experiences online and amplify our rights in addressing technology-related violence against womeni. Take control of technology to end violence against women.

IGF Gender Report Cards

 Dafne Sabanes Plou, Jac sm Kee and Katerina Fialova
Dafne Sabanes Plou, Jac sm Kee and Katerina Fialova on 18 October, 2011 - 13:09
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Dafne lives just outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and works as the APC women's programme regional coordinator in Latin America. Jac works from Kuala Lumpur as the focal point for APC WNSP's work on women's rights. Katerina Fialova is chief editor of the GenderIT.org, and is based in Czech Republic.

APC WNSP is sharing some preliminary results of the gender ireport cards initiative. This was a pilot initiative put forward by the Association for Progressive Communicationsi to monitor and assess the level of gender parity and inclusion at this year's Internet Governance Forum i(IGF). Although the numbers of sessions monitored were relatively small, and that a deeper analysis is needed, the statistics generated and first impressions can give us an idea of the role that women and gender issues played in this IGF's debates.

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