Networking, safety and sexual agency

Posted Wed 17 Jul 2013 - 13:20 | 2,691 views
98% of activists see the internet as an "important public sphere for advancing sexual rights": However 51% of them have suffered online hate speech, censorship or privacy violations. Sexual rights activists from Africa and the Middle East face double risk compared to colleagues from elsewhere of being attacked by their governments because of their online activities. This edition draws on "the groundbreaking survey of the APC’s EROTICS project": and probes the specific realities in different countries, including the value of the internet in sexual rights advocacy, online challenges and their negotiation by sexual rights activists, and the role of network building in resisting online threats and content regulation. _Image taken during "the APC EROTICS workshop in India":, by CT from APC_.

End violence against women: language and action @ CSW57th

Posted Fri 05 Apr 2013 - 17:34 | 3,225 views
This edition offers reflections on language and actions surrounding issues of technology-related forms of violence against women (VAW). We're looking at these in the perspective/context of the APC project "End violence: Women’s rights and safety online" and the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which took place between 4-15 March in New York. The 57th CSW was dedicated to the theme “Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”. For the first time ever, this global policy-making body included among its agreed conclusions a paragraph addressing the intersection between VAW and information and communication technologies (ICTs). It specifically mentions the needs to promote technology as a means for women’s empowerment and to prevent and combat technology-related forms of VAW. Though far from perfect, this is an important step in the engagement of governments, ICT companies and civil actors in addressing this new form of VAW which is increasingly becoming part of women's experience. Read the "unedited version of the CSW 57 agreed conclusions": Read "APC Women’s Rights Programme Statement to the CSW 57th Session. Violence against women and information and communications technology": Read more about the "End violence: Women’s rights and safety online project": <em>The edition is a part of APC's "End violence: Women's rights and safety online": project financed by the "Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affair’s (DGIS) Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) Fund": </em> <em><a href="">Image by UN Women</a></em>

Power of stories to reclaim women's rights

Posted Fri 14 Dec 2012 - 13:11 | 5,864 views
The 2012 "Take Back the Tech! campaign":, a collaborative campaign that takes place annually during the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence":, featured 16 stories for 16 days. Each of these stories presented a different way how internet and mobile technologies affect the lives of women and girls around the world. "One of these stories was from Nica and Jothi": from the "Foundation for Media Alternatives":, who wrote about their struggle for legal redress for technology-related violence against women in Philippines claiming that _“without the full recognition of women’s human rights, the path to recognition can sometimes act to cripple instead of empower”._ Because, ultimately, what does women rights mean if they can not be practiced? What does the right to a life free of violence mean, if many women are not able to enjoy it? What does internet rights are if women can not communicate safely? This edition, "editorialized by Françoise Mukuku": from the Democratic Republic of Congo, reflects on some of issues emerged from these stories of survivor and courage. _Image taken from the "feminist flashmob for women´s rights video": co-organised by the Fundation for Media Alternatives as part of the actions for the Take Back the Tech!, which took place in the Plaza Miranda from Manila, Philippines, to celebrate the International Day of Human Rights"_ .

Gender Peripheries of the 2012 Internet Governance Forum

Posted Thu 22 Nov 2012 - 21:24 | 10,252 views
The 7th Internet Governance Forum in Baku drew to a close two weeks ago. "Avri Doria in her introduction to this edition": discusses several breakthroughs made by this the world’s most important internet governance encounter. For the first time the forum has openly discussed human rights on the internet, and has not been silent on the autocracy and abuse of basic freedoms in the host country. Also for the first time in the IGF history, women's rights have been brought to the main stage. However, gender aspects of human rights on the internet, such as the serious abuses women face because of what they say online, are still absent in the debates. Read reflections of's partners and writers about their experiences at the IGF.

Crossing borders : cyberspace and national security

Posted Thu 25 Oct 2012 - 20:45 | 10,749 views
This edition of explores the online safety of women human rights defenders from the perspective of national security and counter-terrorism. National security often encompasses a variety of security threats, including those in cyberspace. While national security measures are meant to protect the security of a nation and its citizen, in many contexts they serve as a pretext for suppressing unfavourable political and social views. Despite the fact that online & offline security measures adversely impact on women's and sexual rights, women and sexual minorities are still two of the most invisible stakeholders in national security debates. This editions delves into some of these risks and examines explicitly messages that we have touched on before (that link this edition to previous one), particularly "why & how women human rights defenders can become players in the spaces that govern cyberspace":

Internet & women’s rights: how do they relate to economic justice?

Posted Tue 15 May 2012 - 16:32 | 4,808 views
This edition reflects on the feminist politics and practices of technology within the broader debates around economic justice and women’s rights at <a href="">the 12th AWID Forum</a> that ran from April 19 to 22, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.'s writers and partners report on the opportunities presented by open internet for women’s organizing ranging from online mapping of street harassment, documenting video testimonies of women or producing powerful infographics. A number of the contributions spell out the challenges. <a href="">"As we rely more and more on social media for our activism," writes one contributor, "knowing about security and privacy is really key."</a> The authors also question the notion of 'free online services' and critique governments and private corporations for censorship, surveillance and monetization of our relationships, networks and communications for the purpose of profit. This edition is therefore also a call to connect and act.<a href=""> As Jan Moolman highlighted in her editorial</a>:"unless women are at the table where decisions around governing the internet are made by governments and corporations,..., women will be on the menu." <em>Photo of the photo-art exhibit at the 12the AWID forum honoring and celebrating the lives and work of feminists by <a href="" target="blank">AWID</a>. Used with permission.</em>

Women's human rights online & the Universal Periodic Review

Posted Thu 05 Apr 2012 - 11:50 | 5,433 views
From 21 May to 4 June 2012, the second cycle of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will begin at the UN Office at Geneva. The UPR is a unique mechanism for states and governments to tell other countries what they have achieved in promoting human rights – but also for non-state actors to raise issues of concern in a non-confrontational fashion. This edition of will allow you to learn more about the current discussions about women's human rights on the internet, with a particular focus on the submission of country reports for Brazil, Ecuador and Phillipines for the UPR process made by APC and their partners. These reports raise for the first time that internet-related women's human rights issues as part of the UPR.

SPECIAL EDITION: 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development

Posted Tue 03 Apr 2012 - 12:07 | 7,864 views
<a href="" target="blank">The 12th AWID International Forum</a> will gather up to 2000 women’s rights leaders and activists from around the world from April 19 to 22, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Forum will look at the question:<a href="" target="blank"> how economic power is impacting on women, their rights and the planet?</a>

Taking control of technology to end violence against women

Posted Thu 15 Dec 2011 - 08:30 | 4,498 views
As the year comes to a close, is bringing you one more special edition, this time on the recent Take Back the Tech! campaign. The 2011 campaign shed new light on the issue of technology-mediated violence against women, through its documenting and evidence-building efforts. The edition gathers an impressive amount of articles which capture the nature of this year´s Take Back the Tech! campaign, as well as highlight some of the abundant and meaningful resources developed during the 16 days of activism. As the Take Back the Tech! campaign coordinator, <a href="">Jac sm Kee, says in her editorial</a>: we sincerely hope you enjoy this edition as “a great snapshot into this creative and groundbreaking movement”.

Gender Peripheries of the 2011 Internet Governance Forum

Posted Tue 18 Oct 2011 - 10:04 | 6,943 views
Year after year the Internet Governance Forum renews expectations and opportunities of gender advocates to find innovative solutions to enhance women's rights online and offline. After 6 years of activism, this space still seems to be resistant to the inclusion of gender perspectives and activists are faced with more questions than answers. Where are women's rights on the internet governance agenda? How to get the women's movements more involved within this new arena of public policy? How to replace the protectionist approach that traditionally surrounds women's rights defence with one that is rights-based? Along with Jennifer Radloff who introduces this edition we believe it is a responsibility of all stakeholders to make women's rights relevant and visible in the IGF debates, and to do so gender analysis and women's participation needs to be much more institucionalised in the planning of the next IGF.