women's rights

Imagine a Feminist Internet: The conversation is on!

GenderIT.org on 17 Jul 2015
This year, a group of 45 activists, researchers, academics and techies are meeting again in Malaysia to deepen the discussion around feminism and technology. They will be tweeting on #imagineafeministinternet and we invite you to participate in the conversation by engaging with the hashtag and following @takebackthetech.

Ladder of Hierarchy: how gender matters in internet governance

Pinda Phisitbutra on 17 Jul 2015
In the Gender and Internet Governance Exchange (gigX) workshop last month participants from different countries in Asia were asked to arrange a series of words by the “ladder of hierarchy”. Despite our cultural differences, it seemed that we all agreed on one thing – whether married or unmarried - man is always on top.

ICT, women’s rights and migration

Hazel Divinagracia on 15 Jul 2015
Since the mid 1980s, more Filipino women than men were leaving the country for various destinations abroad. How do we reach the women working overseas to extend our support to them online? How do we maximize online connectivity so that we can send and receive messages to help migrants?

Gender and Internet Governance eXchange in Asia

Flavia Fascendini on 30 Jun 2015
To start off our series of gigX, APC in collaboration with the Foundation for Media Alternatives, held a 2-day event on the 29 and 30 June 2015 where advocates from the region came together to exchange knowledge on the intersections of women’s rights and internet governance.

A legacy on how gender is built into the way we discuss and use technology

Sonia Randhawa on 17 Jun 2015
In this article, GenderIT.org talks with Anita Gurumurthy from IT For Change about gender and privacy. Anita worked with Heike in the Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society research programme.

Rendering the invisible visible: In memory of Dr Heike Jensen

Sonia Randhawa on 16 Jun 2015
Despite Heike's pessimism about the internet as it is today and the ways in which it is developing, there is a deep-seated optimism about Heike's work. She recognised that patriarchy is oppressive not just to women, but to the majority of men as well, whether due to their poverty, the colour of their skin or their sexuality. By taking apart the structures of patriarchy, uncovering the power relations that are built into the institutions and architecture of the internet, Heike consciously contributed to our ability to question, interrogate and rebuild those institutions in more equitable ways.

Whose internet is it indeed! Internet governance feminism as political praxis

Marianne Franklin on 16 Jun 2015
These reflections follow on from a personal recollection of Heike Jensen on the Global Internet Governance Academic Network blog. Here, Marianne Franklin focuses on one of Heike's later publications, a chapter for the 2013 edition of the Global Information Society Watch entitled “Whose internet is it anyway? Shaping the internet – feminist voices in governance decision making”.

From the streets to the web: Looking at feminist activism on social media

Sujatha Subramanian on 1 Jun 2015
Does social media enable forming networks of solidarity between different marginalised groups? Is there a space for non-normative discourses such as the discourse on pleasure? Does digital technology aid in the construction of feminist counter-publics? These are some of the questions explored in this paper. Power relations that operate through social media, including forms of gendered and sexualised violence, are also discussed.

It is not yet time; we must reclaim our space

JulietWere on 29 May 2015
It is exciting to be a part of this edition, and especially that it is 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – a blueprint that brought energy and enthusiasm to the women’s movement. It enhanced the liveliness of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, and reaffirmed that “Women’s Rights are Human Rights”. Today, in a number of dialogues with communities, sentiments like “these are the Beijing women” pop out, an indication that our message has taken root and that it is causing discomfort to the patriarchal systems and structures. Violence against women is rooted in patriarchy and thus any progress observed in the feminist discourse in the past 20 years has been an effort in dealing with societal attitudes, practices and behaviours. And for attitudes and behaviours to shift, Section J on “Women and the Media” has played a central role. A key element in this success is the creativity and innovativeness that women have brought on board using information and communications technologies (ICTs).

Imagining a feminist internet 20 years after the launch of Section J

GICT Admin on 29 May 2015
Is it still possible to imagine a debate on a feminist internet within the context of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)? This question has been resounding since the last session of the CSW took place in March 2015. We hope you find this GenderIT.org edition useful, with its analysis of what happened around Section J at the 59th session of the CSW, as well as what did not happen, and ideas on how to strategise around this space in the future.

Pakistan: Exploring technology-related violence against women

GICT Admin on 29 May 2015
Welcome to the first in a series of seven mini-editions we’re putting together to highlight the project "End violence: Women’s rights and safety online". Each edition focuses on one country in which the research was conducted, and brings together articles, major findings, and interviews with the research teams. In this edition we look at Pakistan, where religious and cultural controls over women intersect with technology, language barriers prevent intermediaries from addressing abuse, and justice has a slippery meaning.

Defending the Defenders: Short review of Nobel Women’s Initiative Conference

OneWorldSEE on 29 May 2015
Women’s human rights defenders use technology to document, communicate, generate changes, but at the same time technology is used to bully and abuse themselves, the Defenders. Army of trolls flood personal profiles of defenders on social media profiles with threats, offenses and aggressive counter campaigns. Government agencies, narco-mafia and religious extremists spy defenders, hunt them and – execute them.

Why feminism matters to the internet?

OneWorldSEE on 29 May 2015
Feminism is a political statement, and more importantly political practice, way of thinking, understanding and public articulation of practically every issue of life. Feminism as such would be able to manage, animate and even more importantly took part in the defining and coding of virtual space.

New readings of the tea cup - revisiting gender justice in the information society

Anita Gurumurthy on 29 May 2015
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are the constitutive technologies of our times – they have transformed, enriched, and become an integral part of almost everything we do The intertwining of ICTs in all spheres of daily life has changed the way we live, love, play and work - creating a digitally re-constituted life-world with a new sociological syntax and demanding a new ethics. The past few years have thus seen intense deliberation towards the refurbishment of existing legal and juridical frameworks at global, regional and national levels.

Time to update the Section J on women’s real needs

Bianca Baldo on 29 May 2015
Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the specific elaboration of Section J on women and the media, the review resolution does not reflect the impact that ICTs have proven to have on women’s lives, as a means to dramatically advance or hinder women’s rights. In this interview by Bianca Baldo for GenderIT.org, APC’s Jennifer Radloff and Sara Baker agree that we should move away from participating in panels for side-events at the Commission on the Status of Women, and focus instead on working with governments to co-organise high-level panels on issues relating to Section J, as well as working with other women's rights organisations that are interested in the feminist principles of the internet and together strategise on how to influence agendas. They also agree on a crucial issue that is overlooked by governments: Section J is about women's voices.
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