Sexual rights in Indonesia: Creating and protecting safe spaces for women minority groups

Analía Lavin on 18 Dec 2013
While the internet empowers women living with HIV/AIDS by providing information about their right to privacy, internet rights in Indonesia are being threatened by government practices of blocking and filtering content. During the last Internet Governance Forum that took place in October 2013 in Bali, APC talked to Indonesian activist Kamilia Manaf about the challenges that sexual rights and internet rights are facing in the country, as well as the impact that an international event like the IGF has in their advocacy work.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Women are vulnerable online, but also speaking up on the internet

Analía Lavin on 10 Dec 2013
During the last Internet Governance Forum, which took place in October in Bali, Indonesia, Analía Lavin from APCNews talked to Aida Mahmutović, from APC member Owpsee in Bosnia and Herzegovina. OWPSEE is one of the national partners of APC’s project “End violence: women’s rights and safety online”.

Technology based violence against women research meeting and Internet Governance Forum in Bali

Mary Onyango on 3 Dec 2013
The technology-related violence on women research meeting took place in Bali, Indonesia from 19th to 21st October 2013. The meeting was organized by the Association for Progressive Communication (APC), as part of the “ending violence: Women’s rights and safety online” project with support from the Dutch government’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) programme.

Gender peripheries of the Internet Governance Forum in Indonesia

Flavia Fascendini on 20 Nov 2013
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has taken constructive steps to integrate gender equality into its space, processes and issues. This years' Gender Roundtable and other specific spaces such as the Gender Dynamic Coalition, aimed to strengthen the previous premise by bringing in different stakeholders (including governments, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society etc.) to dialogue on key issues, challenges and best practices on the extent to which gender has been integrated into internet governance issues. This helped to increase knowledge and understanding of gender and internet specific concerns within the internet governance framework and debates.

Controlling Indonesia’s internet

on 26 Jul 2013
The utilization of internet is linked closely with every aspect of citizen’s lives and their basic rights. The state should manage the internet – just like what it is supposed to do for water and earth - for its citizens’ diverse necessities. The state should not control the internet to cater to the interests of a few capital owners, dominant political forces or beliefs/ideology. A question arises: who has the right to control internet access? Under what framework should we control the internet?

Indonesia: Put sex on the internet!

Kamilia Manaf on 10 Jul 2013
This article by Kamilia Manaf and Ni Loh Gusti Madewanti describes how the discourse on sexuality in Indonesia is becoming more political and part of the public sphere due to the impact of the reformations begun in 1998. However, while the internet has provided a space for the advancement of sexual rights in Indonesia, discrimination and violence against LGBT groups and women in Indonesia that has happened in physical spaces has penetrated into spaces online. Online harassment, cyber bullying and hate speech violate one’s sense of security. Homophobic behavior on the internet (cyber-homophobia) is now more common and continues to increase.

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

on 28 Feb 2012
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.
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