[Review] Measuring the digital divide: Why we should be using a women-centered analysis

Nic Bidwell on 04 Jul 2018 | 388views
How do we measure the difference between access to the internet for men and women? It is without a doubt that such gender internet access gap indicators contribute to defining goals for international and country-level policies. But it is important for us to interrogate the role of indicators and measures in access related work and research. Nic Bidwell analyses the use of tools proposed to measure the gender digital gap.

[COLUMN] Gender and community networks: Busking in policy spaces

Kathleen Diga on 26 Jun 2018 | 553views
n this column on community networks and gender, the writers will explore how communities can provide and run their own internet infrastructure, the existing forms of community networks, the legal and policy environment in which they have to exist and what are the gender dynamics around these networks. Here we interview Steve Song about the policy and regulatory environment for community networks - whether this hinders or fosters their growth, and further the presence of women in these policy spaces.

[COMIC] Sanitary Panels on facing threats online

Sanitary Panels on 21 Jun 2018 | 307views
Sanitary Panels is an ironic yet hard hitting series where social commentary masquerades as humour and makes us rethink many of our assumptions. This comic explores aspects of gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and careers. In this comic Sanitary Panels looks at how police and society react when women complain of threats, harassment and violence online.

Online violence faced by outspoken activists: the case from Egypt

Yara Sallam on 20 Jun 2018 | 391views
Online violence and harassment mirrors the realities of persecution in the "real world" and extends the avenues for prejudice and discrimination. In Egypt, outspoken activists and Nubian people supporting the cause of Nubians to their own land and also speaking out about race and skin colour-based prejudice face virulent online attacks and are also banned by the Egyptian government.

Toxic Twitter: Amnesty International report on social media and online violence

Azmina Dhrodia on 18 Jun 2018 | 475views
Twitter, in particular, can be a powerful tool for women to make connections and express themselves - from high-level female politicians to journalists, activists, writers and bloggers, to women who simply want to know what’s happening around them. It is allegedly the space where ‘every voice has the power to impact the world’. But as revealed by the report by Amnesty International, Twitter is also a platform where violence and abuse against women flourishes, often with little accountability. This article gives the main highlights from the report "Toxic Twitter"

Online GBV in Palestine means losing out on women's participation

In recent times there has been a dramatic increase in the use of internet and social media by Palestinians. In this context there is also a rising wave of online gender-based violence that leads to intimidation of women and self-censorship, which means that often women are withdrawing from social media platforms that are an arena of political and social confrontation against the Israeli occupation, building historical narratives as well as talking about internal issues within Palestinian society.

For women in the press like Rana Ayyub, it’s scarily easy for online threats to turn physical

Shreya Ila Anasuya on 07 Jun 2018 | 156views
On 24 May 2018, the Office of the Human Rights Commission, United Nations put out a statement that the Indian government has a duty to protect its citizens and journalists from threats and in particular about the severity of threats against Rana Ayyub, journalist and writer based in India. This article looks at the severity of violence faced by the journalist, including physical threats, doxxing, fake videos and tweets etc.

Talking community networks at AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018

Kazanka Comfort on 29 May 2018 | 785views
In this report back from AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018, Kazanka Comfort talks about the inclusion of young women in science and tehcnology programs in university, discussions around the possibilities offered by community networks to own and manage infrastructure by the people. In particular Kazanka looks at how women are affected by sectarian conflict and working with ICTs and training in difficult contexts.

[COLUMN] COMIC: Male ego

Sanitary Panels on 02 May 2018 | 352views
Sanitary Panels is a comic that explores aspects of gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and careers. Here is an ordinary scene at a coffee-shop.

[COLUMN] Gender and community networks: Candid reflections 10 years later

Kathleen Diga on 23 Apr 2018 | 835views
In this column on community networks and gender, the writers will explore how communities can provide and run their own internet infrastructure, the existing forms of community networks, the legal and policy environment in which they have to exist and what are the gender dynamics around these networks. The first column asks a fundamental question - what would be the costs of women NOT having access. And further how community networks allow for the re-imagining of many social relations around infrastructure.

[COLUMN] Sanitary Panels: Your average MANEL (comic)

Sanitary Panels on 12 Apr 2018 | 758views
Sanitary Panels does a web comic series on gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM education and careers. Here is a poster for yet another manel i.e. a panel with only male speakers on a topic on which many qualified women experts are there.

Making privacy a constitutional right: Interview with Y. K. Chang

Namita on 28 Mar 2018 | 760views
Interview with Y.K. Chang who has recently been appointed as the Personal Information Protection Commission in South Korea - one of the first few women from civil society to reach this position within government in the country and possibly the region. GenderIT interviewed her on her journey, her ambitions for her new position and what she sees as the grave problems regarding privacy and security especially for women.

[COLUMN] How young womxn in the Global South are reclaiming social media to foster change in educational spaces

Samukelisiwe Mabaso on 19 Mar 2018 | 982views
In the final column on reclaiming social media for women's rights, gender justice and parity, Samukelisiwe looks at how girls and young women have fought for their rights in the global South; and how Gen X, Y and Z has redefined the use of the internet and is reshaping politics both online and onground.

[COLUMN] Sanitary Panels: How to interview women in STEM (comic)

Sanitary Panels on 14 Mar 2018 | 784views
Sanitary Panels does a web comic series on gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM education and careers. Here we show what happens when women in technology are singled out and interviewed.

What are we looking for? : Research on Community Networks

Tigist Shewarega Hussen on 20 Feb 2018 | 1,394views
Community networks offer an alternative to how connectivity, especially in remote areas, is largely determined by the market or state infrastructure. In this article Tigist Hussen explores the place of gender and feminist analysis in community networks, and specifically in the Zenzeleni network in Mankosi, South Africa. What she finds is surprising, humbling and insightful for researchers and practitioners working with local community networks.