LAC countries submit position letter on CSW58 agreed conclusions

Flavia Fascendini on 19 Mar 2014 | 1,389views
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.

Leading up to the Beijing Review: Strategising for Section J

on 19 Mar 2014 | 1,780views
A strategising meeting for Beijing Platform for Action Section J was held on 13 March during this year’s CSW 58. The meeting was attended by representatives of APC, Isis International, Women and Media Collective, and Search for Common Ground, to plan for Beijing+20, emphasising Section J concerns, particularly the use of all media and ICTs to be seen as an issue that cuts across all the 12 critical areas of concern in the Beijing Platform.

CSW58: Jan Moolman from APC explains centrality of media and ICTs in conversations about development

Flavia Fascendini on 19 Mar 2014 | 2,933views
As part of an NGO parallel event at CSW58, hosted by the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance and Gender Links, Jan Moolman, Women's Rights Programme project coordinator from APC, explains how important information and communication technologies and the media are in advancing gender equality and protecting women's rights.

Jac sm Kee on Take Back the Tech! @ CSW58: Access and control of technology is critical to advance on women´s rights

on 17 Mar 2014 | 2,146views
The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics spoke with Jac SM Kee, Manager of the Women's Rights Programme, Association for Progressive Communications at the event "ICTs and the Internet as Powerful Means in Advancing Women's Rights and Empowerment: Opportunities and Challenges" which took place in New York at the 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58).

Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – II

Rohini Lakshané on 17 Mar 2014 | 1,973views
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.

Join People Links Digital Gatherings to discuss technology related violence against women

on 14 Mar 2014 | 1,918views
Join us on Thursday, March 27th from 6-7pm EST and 4-5 CT-MexDF to discuss technology related violence against women and the tensions that exist between combating hate speech versus the right to freedom of expression with Erika Smith from the APC's Women´s Rights Programme.

I pronounce you not a child

Soofia Mahmood on 14 Mar 2014 | 675views
My daughter is 8 years old. She likes to make pretend fairy houses with tiny little signs that have small fairy tales written on them. Every other week her dream to be ‘someone’ changes – sometimes she wants to be a chef, other times a paleontologist when she grows up. ‘When she grows up’ is a phrase that holds the promise of tomorrow for her.

Women Weave the Web: Digital inclusion and empowerment campaign

Flavia Fascendini on 10 Mar 2014 | 600views
Want to learn more about the Women Weave the Web Campaign? You've come to the right place! Take a look at this page to get answers to all of the questions you may have about Wold Pulse's Digital Action Campaign. If you are looking for more general information on our Campaigns, please see our What is a Campaign? page.

APC launches website on sex, rights and the internet

on 10 Mar 2014 | 962views
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 ( to reflect the project's background, share knowledge and feature updates on the initiative.

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

Flavia Fascendini on 05 Mar 2014 | 1,969views
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.

Follow-up to Beijing: APC Women's Rights Programme at CSW58

Flavia Fascendini on 04 Mar 2014 | 796views
The APC Women’s Rights Programme will be present at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will take place in New York on 10-21 March 2014. This year's priority theme is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. Women's and girls' access to and participation in education, training, science and technology, and the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work, will also be on the agenda.

Porn and Violence: Navigating the Grey Areas

Richa Kaul Padte on 26 Feb 2014 | 1,370views
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 on 26 Feb 2014 | 2,365views
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?

Women Confront VAW using ICTs: Experiences from remote and fishing community in Eastern Uganda

on 26 Feb 2014 | 483views
I was privileged to coordinate a project on combating violence against women using ICTs. This project was in partnership with Association for Progressive Communication and Isis-WICCE. As part of the project activities, I conducted training on VAW and ICT with grassroots women in a remote and fishing community of Namaingo located on the shores of lake Victoria. For long fishing communities in Uganda have been marginalized and left out on many development aspects because of their remote locations. Because of this situation, there has been gross violations of human rights and widespread violence against women such as domestic violence, widow in-heritance and property grabbing, defilement among others.

Snippets from “Tangled, Like Wool”, New Delhi

on 31 Jan 2014 | 707views
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.
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