Danger and opportunity. ICTs and Women's human rights defenders

Posted Tue 13 Sep 2011 - 22:38 | 10,406 views
This edition of GenderIT.org is dedicated to women human rights defenders. Those working on women's and sexual rights often face challenges not only in the public space, but in their personal space, from their family and partners, as well. In this edition, we examine what new dimension brings ICTs into this struggle, how they are used to mobilize around women's and sexual rights, and the risks many defenders face online. Security emerged as not only one of the main topics in our interviews but also in living practice, forcing us to question and change our communication protocols in order to pull this edition together without jeopardizing the safety of our interviewees. We hope then that you find the readings engaging!

EROTICS: Sex, rights, and the net - part 2

Posted Tue 09 Aug 2011 - 16:42 | 4,827 views
After 3 years of interrogation into the politics of sexuality and the internet, the EROTICS research is out! This second part of the GenderIT.org edition <a href="http://www.genderit.org/edition/erotics-sex-rights-and-net-part-1">'EroTICs: Sex, rights, and the net'</a> publish <a href="http://www.genderit.org/resources/erotics-sex-rights-and-internet-research-study">the full research findings</a> that delve into the complexities of policy and legislative trends on internet content regulation, map key actors and processes, and document how sexuality figures as a central theme in this debate. The reports also showcase the value of the internet in the exercise of rights by people of diverse sexualities.

EROTICS: Sex, rights, and the net - part 1

Posted Wed 29 Jun 2011 - 16:42 | 7,132 views
In 2008 the APC Women's Programme began a two and a half year research project looking into the role of sexuality online. The study, called Exploratory Research on Sexuality and ICTs -- or "EroTICs" -- looked at the experiences of a diversity of users, primarily women and girls of different ages, classes, sexual orientations and identities. Research was conducted in five countries: Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the United States. This two-part edition of GenderIT aims to present this evidence-based research to inform the policy debate and decision-making processes

Women's rights and the Internet: Take Action

Posted Wed 25 May 2011 - 15:07 | 3,110 views
This year the annual report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion focuses for the first time on the internet. Over recent decades, the internet has become a platform for shared learning, innovation, and collaborative action for justice. Yet, as the report details, freedom of expression and association on the internet is increasingly at risk. It is imperative that women’s rights to freedom of expression and association not be restricted. However, many are silenced through acts of violence, sexism and censorship. We call on all States to take immediate steps to end acts of violence, harassment and other human rights violations committed against women who choose to exercise their right to freedom of expression on the internet.

3 May: World Press Freedom Day | Declare your right to communicate

Posted Mon 02 May 2011 - 21:19 | 2,763 views
On 3 May join <a href="http://communicationisyourright.org">Communication Is Your Right!</a> and the GenderIT.org's sister project Take Back the Tech! for a global action day to defend our right to freely access, use, engage and share information and opinions and become our own media through information and communication technologies.

GenderIT.org @ the Commission on the Status of Women 2011, New York

Posted Tue 08 Mar 2011 - 15:52 | 3,878 views
From 22 February to 4 March 2011, the GenderIT.org team took part in the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. The CSW is a global policy-making body of the United Nations dedicated to gender equality and the advancement of women. This year's session looked at science and technology from the perspective of women's access to education and employment. Some communication advocates felt disappointed that theme of science and technology was so narrowly defined, and argued that technology, such as internet or cellphones, enables women to exercise wider range of rights, including active political participation or sexual rights. Read about what happened in New York.. Image: <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/" title="Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License">Some rights reserved</a> by <a href="/photos/sustainus/">SustainUS</a>

Live from the Commission on the Status of Women 2011, New York

Posted Wed 23 Feb 2011 - 13:36 | 2,736 views
From 22 February to 4 March 2010, GenderIT.org holds live coverage of the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. The CSW is a global policy-making body of the United Nations dedicated to gender equality and the advancement of women. The theme for this year's session is gender, education, science and technology, including the promotion of women's equal access to employment.

Special CSW edition: Can technology transform women's reality?

Posted Wed 16 Feb 2011 - 13:36 | 4,545 views
The 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be held in New York from 22nd February to 4 March 2011. The theme for this year's session is "Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work". This GenderIT.org's special CSW edition brings together some of the work that the Association for Progressive Communications is doing on these issues. GenderIT.org will also hold live coverage of the CSW 55th session taking place in New York. We invite you to participate and join the conversation as we focus on section J of the Beijing Platform for Action and women's communication rights in the <a href="http://www.genderit.org/feminist-talk">GenderIT.org's Feminist Talk section</a> or on Twitter using the hashtag #csw #genderit (or #genderitES for Spanish).

Regimes cannot overcome the power of people communicating in solidarity

Posted Mon 31 Jan 2011 - 12:45 | 2,485 views

Take back the tech! Build knowledge and grow diversity.

Posted Tue 07 Dec 2010 - 05:11 | 4,090 views
Women's rights advocates and feminists who work on violence against women have used information and communications technologies (ICTs) strategically and tactically in our advocacy and organising. From documenting violence and abuse through the use of technology, to disseminating information and knowledge, to mobilising support and networks, to lobbying for legal and policy change - these efforts are critical in strengthening the efforts in ending violence against women. As a result, there is a rich diversity of information available on all forms of violence against women.