World Pulse brings the power of its international network to IGF to advance women’s digital inclusion worlwide

on 24 Sep 2014 | 1,312views
When the ninth annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) commenced in Istanbul, Turkey, Portland-based World Pulse, a network of tens of thousands of women and allies in more than 190 countries, has an opportunity to accelerate digital inclusion for women worldwide.

(Re)govern and (Re)imagine a feminist internet: Sex, rights and internet governance at the IGF 2014

Caroline Tagny on 23 Sep 2014 | 2,378views
This year has seen major debates and developments in the internet sphere. The Snowden revelations have brought to the attention of the public problematic issues regarding surveillance and privacy online. In addition, the presence of the IGF this year in Turkey also directed the attention of internet stakeholders to the internet censorship practice in this country and in other nations.

DJ's CHOICE OF THE WEEK: When no gender fits and the evolution of street harrassment

Tarryn Booysen on 23 Sep 2014 | 1,326views
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.

DJ's CHOICE OF THE WEEK: Female condoms, pseudonyms, and women's progress

on 19 Sep 2014 | 1,645views
_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._

Statement from members of the WHRD IC to the Human Rights Council on its 27th Session

WHRD IC on 17 Sep 2014 | 862views
ISHR makes this statement on behalf of members of the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition, an international network of women’s rights, human rights and sexual rights organizations. We address this simple fact: in the global North and South alike, women human rights defenders are targeted for murder, kidnapping, torture, rape, and harassment because of who we are and because of the work we do. As the Council strengthens its work on women generally, we note the critical need to integrate analysis and reporting on women human rights defenders who demand protection, respect and fulfillment of all human rights.

Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison

WHRD IC on 17 Sep 2014 | 6,201views
The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is alarmed at reports of violence against Leyla Yunus in prison.

Never mind the nipples: Sex, gender and social media

Bishakha Datta on 16 Sep 2014 | 2,711views
This article is based on the speech given by Bishakha Datta at the Disco-Tech event organised by APC that took place at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum in Turkey.

Hands off my internet! Abortion stigmas - accessing and controlling information on reproductive rights

Bianca Baldo on 15 Sep 2014 | 1,885views
The internet provides a vital space for women and girls to access information about sexual and reproductive health and services, including information about abortion. Yet both governments and corporations censor that information – but you can be part of the conversation that helps break down the boundaries to this important health information.

How crucial is anonymity for sexual exploration and promoting sexual rights activism

Rafia Shaikh on 15 Sep 2014 | 3,275views
While the debate around anonymity rarely gets seen from a feminist angle, women go through this feeling of being watched online and offline every day of their lives. It happens so often and so persistently that it has increasingly become synonymous to the experience of being a woman. It is no wonder then that the Feminists Principles of the Internet vocally advocate that “It is our inalienable right to choose, express, and experiment with our diverse sexualities on the internet. Anonymity enables this.” With the right to anonymity and a relevant right to be forgotten comes the tragic part of security and harassment under the wrap of anonymity. This complexity of creating an anonymous digital world while not enabling the harassers, hackers, or blackmailers is what makes the debate around anonymity important for internet governance. And this was part of the debate that took place during the panel titled "Anonymity by design: Protecting while connecting" at the Internet Governance Forum in Turkey.

International Women's Media Foundation website hacked

on 15 Sep 2014 | 1,377views
The website of the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) suffered a complex brute-force attack last Friday, Sept 5. The website that features the work of the IWMF and promotes the empowerment of women journalists worldwide, was defaced and most of its original content destroyed.

#WhatAreYouDoingAboutVAW campaign: Social media accountability

Sara Baker on 12 Sep 2014 | 2,384views
On 21 July, Take Back the Tech! began a campaign demanding to know what Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are doing about violence against women on their sites. Our primary goal is to get them to take a clear stand on violence against women in their terms of service and engage with diverse civil society to find solutions for safer platforms

Why do the Feminist Principles of the Internet matter?

Dhyta Caturani on 12 Sep 2014 | 1,786views
The internet is believed to be an open space for everyone to express themselves freely. So why do we need a set of principles to "govern" us?

IGF 2014: From Istanbul with love or “honey trap”?

Kamilia Manaf on 12 Sep 2014 | 3,183views
Looking for love online can be exhilirating and fun. But for LGBTIQ relationships, there is a need for safe, unpoliced spaces to allow for personal and political growth. Kamel Manaf explores how sex and internet activism link and overlap.

9th Internet Governance Forum: Gender and sexuality online

Dhyta Caturani on 11 Sep 2014 | 2,134views
There were several sessions and side meetings at the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Out of those, there were only a few on gender and sexuality, and this post is about the ones I had the privilege to attend. On September 1st, before the IGF officially started, the Association For Progresssive Communications (APC), organized a day-long pre-event meeting on Sex, Rights, and Internet Governance. The meeting brought together women's rights, sex rights, and internet rights activists together to discuss those intersecting issues.

Nairobi: Policy consultation workshop on technology-related violence against women

on 09 Sep 2014 | 927views
Women leaders are expressing concerns over the skyrocketing cases of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) globally. The women leaders who congregated at a Nairobi hotel for a two-day policy consultation workshop, also decried what they called ballooning cases of technology-related violence against women.