Feminist talk

Feminist talk  is meant to be a hub for conversations between our readers and writers on topics that are related to the sometimes dry world of internet policy. It is a space for storytelling, personal essays, opinions – to challenge and inspire readers on issues and topics that are close to them. Here are the opinions, experiences and thoughts of writers from the diverse community in which we live.

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Sharanya

Sharanya identifies as a feminist writer, researcher and activist.

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The Politics of Self Care and Feminism

Posted Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 11:41 | 1,677views

What is self-care in a time of hyper-connected people and devices and of image-saturated capitalism and what does it mean to speak about self-care in relation to feminist politics and the women's movement. Sharanya examines the politics of self-care arising from many discussions with activists, writers and campaigners.

Illustration by Sylvia Karpagam
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Bonface Witaba

Bonface Witaba is an ICANN Fellow, Writer, Trainer, Researcher, Consultant in Internet Governance

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Social Media: The New Frontier for ICT – facilitated Violence against Women

Posted Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 10:50 | 1,887views

Non consensual circulation or sharing of intimate intimages or non consensual pornography is becoming increasingly prevalent. Here Bonface Witaba shares few studies on this viral social phenomenon, what steps have been taken and are likely to be taken in the context of Kenya, on a global scale and by social media companies to address the problem.

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Tiffany Kagure Mugo

Tiffany Kagure Mugo is the intoxicatingly scary gatekeeper of HOLAAfrica, a Pan African queer wom

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Getting woke about getting laid: A HOLAAfrica sex positive experience

Posted Wed 17 Oct 2018 - 11:51 | 659views

How to start a sex-positive conversation around queerness, sensuality and sexuality, gender expression, and even violence? HOLAAfrica is one platform that shows us how to do it. From pleasure manuals to podcasts to articles, the platform raises and discusses several sensitive issues and concerns relevant to African women, gender non-conforming persons and sexual minorities.

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Sanitary Panels

Sanitary Panels is a feminist webcomic that comments on politics, society, and culture.

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Sanitary Panels on sexual harassment

Posted Tue 16 Oct 2018 - 08:57 | 251views

In the wake of recent accusations of rampant sexual harassment at the workplace in various industries in India - including journalism, advertising, academia, development and many others - Sanitary Panels explores what patriarchy has huge tolerance for. [comic]

Comic by Sylvia Karpagam
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Praveena Thaali

Praveena Thaali is doing Ph.D at Center for Human Rights, University of Hyderabad, Telangana, Ind

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Rejecting Victimhood: the online Speak-Out Campaign in Kerala against harassment

Posted Tue 9 Oct 2018 - 18:37 | 1,145views

Dalit-Bahujan women in India have increasingly started using the internet and social media to articulate their positions and politics. This article explores how women have combated sexual harassment and exploitation, especially when it takes place in spaces that are considered progressive.

Is the man who is tall happy?: An animated conversation with Noam Chomsky
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Nadege

I'm part of Kéfir, a cooperative in Latinamerica that seeds and n

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Keywords of the internet: The fraying edges of algorithmic production

Posted Tue 9 Oct 2018 - 11:06 | 539views

In this column series we unpack keywords relevant to the internet and the digital age. Here we look at algorithms, their origin in the work of Ada Lovelace. At how they are a sequence of steps, how they enfold consequences. And lastly we ask - can we talk about feminist algorithms?

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Nodumo Dhlamini

Nodumo is passionate about developing IT / ICT Programs that harness the opportunities for the en

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Mentoring women in technology: Laying out the landscape

Posted Mon 8 Oct 2018 - 13:03 | 603views

Equity in digital access in Africa is far from being a reality. There is also paucity of women in technology related careers and more broadly in STEM. In this column, Nodumo Dhlamini will explore the necessity for mentoring of women to make them confident users and implementers of ICT tools and solutions.

Comic by Sylvia Karpagam
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Sylvia Karpagam

Sylvia Karpagam is a public health doctor and researcher who has worked closely with organisation

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If it’s not on Whatsapp, it never happened

Posted Mon 8 Oct 2018 - 09:06 | 648views

How do we use social media in activism? Do we reflect on our practices, on the instrumental ways of referring to people and communities that is used in reports and publications? Here is a story that looks at the use of Whatsapp by activists and what it means about unacknowledged hierarchies and barriers even within progressive spaces.

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smarikak

Smarika occupies herself with the political play between human and artificial intelligence in the

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Gendered Reality Traps: How "Objective" Machine Learning Contributes to Intersectional Exploitation

Posted Tue 2 Oct 2018 - 17:20 | 1,363views

Is technology neutral or is coding political? In this article Smarika Kumar explores how algorithms work in the real world, and how they are a reflection of existing biases and forms of exclusion and discrimination in society.

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Hija Kamran

Hija Kamran is a communications-for-development specialist, and a human rights activist from Paki

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Online Dating in Pakistan

Posted Tue 2 Oct 2018 - 10:55 | 1,256views

The rise of dating apps allows women to take control of their social life and their choices. In this article Hija Kamran speaks to many women in Pakistan about their experience of online dating, both good and bad, whether it allows for challenging of conservative social norms or it leaves women vulnerable to abuse and other risks.