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Defining their place: Gender at the Internet Governance Forum 2016

Smita on 18 Jan 2017
The Internet Governance Forum has been valuable as a multistakeholder space that facilitates the discussion and dialogue of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. Over the years several feminists, activists and others interested in diverse representation have been participating in IGF and observing how concerns related to gender, sexuality, and the internet are raised and addressed. Smita Vanniyar writes a short report on IGF 2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and how gender and sexuality are still largely a concern for the women activists and queer people present, rather than for all.

Internet Governance Forum 2015: Learnings from the gender report cards

APC on 1 Dec 2016
In IGF 2015 gender report cards were completed for a total of 107 workshops – more than double the 51 regional workshops reported on in 2015. A summary and analysis of the discussion and comments are included here.

I delete myself: anonymity and sexuality online

Smita on 23 Aug 2016
The fact that the Internet allows women to be anonymous has greatly aided in increased freedom of expression as well as in combating sexual discrimination, violence as well as domestic abuse. Even with the points in favour of right to anonymity being far and wide, it is not seen as a priority in many countries. Human rights activists and the civil society are only beginning to acknowledge that the lack of anonymity directly infringes on freedom of speech and expression.

Beyond the Numbers: Gender and Access to the Internet

Lisa Garcia on 19 Aug 2016
Access is a right. In June this year, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution that condemns "measures to intentionally prevent or disrupt access to or dissemination of information online" and affirmed that "the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online." But what does access really mean? How important is it to women, especially to marginalized women?

Balancing rights and interests: Best practices to counter online abuse and violence

Flavia Fascendini on 7 Mar 2016
The IGF Best Practice Forum on Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence Against Women took place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil in November 2015. Representatives of civil society, academia and the private sector went through some of the key highlights and recommendations from the BPF but opened it up at different junctures for inputs and responses.

IGF 2015 Best Practice Forum: Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence Against Women Report

on 12 Jan 2016
The 2015 IGF Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence Against Women used an open and inclusive process to gather a broad variety of views and inputs on this multidimensional problem over nine months. As a result of this community-driven process, the BPF’s draft findings reflect a rich diversity of responses from various stakeholders and regions regarding the issue.

Locating gender at the Internet Governance Forum 2015

Kateřina Fialová on 22 Dec 2015
For nine years, feminist activists struggled to bring gender issues out of the peripheries at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The 2015 IGF which took place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, proved that the link between gender and internet governance is being more and more recognised. Women accounted for 38% of onsite participants. Gender, women's and sexual rights was mentioned in at least 15 workshops on the agenda. One of the six Best Practice Forums, which seeks to produce more concrete outcomes on topical issues, focused on countering abuse of women online. This GenderIT.org edition gathers feminist reflections on the 10th IGF, pointing to evident advances as well as some still pending issues.

Finding her place: Gender at the 10th IGF

Bishakha Datta on 21 Dec 2015
A quiet sense of satisfaction. That’s what I felt at this year’s Internet Governance Forum, when gender moved out of the wings and came on to the main stage: here, there, everywhere.

Diversity, gender, and rights: All videos from IGF 2015 in one place

Flavia Fascendini on 16 Dec 2015
Flavia Fascendini put together the videos from all discussions at the IGF 2015 which concerned gender issues, women's and sexual rights, bringing forward the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

Trusting our net

Shawna Finnegan on 10 Dec 2015
Shawna Finnegan and Emilar Vushe, who are the part of the Association for Progressive Communication's policy programme, engage in a conversation about their highlights of this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). They speak about the value of the IGF as well as barriers to access it, national and regional initiatives, and some of the biggest internet governance issues right now, such as public access.

Let's talk about the past to understand the internet of the present

Paz Peña O. on 10 Dec 2015
The internet is all about the future and the next big thing and gosh, I'm so bored of that. Let's talk about the past in order to understand the internet of the present and its fights over rights.

Gender and technology have been increasingly recognised as a human rights issue

Paz Peña O. on 10 Dec 2015
Between the belligerence of the "Gamer Gate" (the controversy regarding the last UN report on violence against women), and a very uncommon Stockholm Internet Forum who in its last session, focussed on gender issues, the context for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Joao Pessoa was a very interesting opportunity to see how gender would be addressed in the most important internet forum of the world.

What do women expect for this 10th IGF?

Flavia Fascendini on 7 Nov 2015
GenderIT.org asked many of the participants in the Gender and Internet Governance eXchanges (gigX) from three different regions what they expected for this year's 10th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil, in terms of women's and sexual rights, gender, and internet governance.

Women actively join internet governance discussions

Dafne Sabanes Plou on 4 Nov 2015
Little by little, the number of women participating in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has increased significantly, and their presence in panels and workshops and as participants has brought new insights into the discussion of the different matters that are key in IGF debates.

Internet governance in Africa - #AfriSIG2015 #GIGxAfrica #IGF2015

APC on 3 Sep 2015
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.
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