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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Helen

Helen Nyinakiiza is a trainer of safety and security tools for human rights defenders.

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An open letter of thanks to AWID

Posted Tue 4 Oct 2016 - 09:15 | 2,456views
An open letter of thanks from a first-timer at AWID. The Association for Women in Development has been in existence for 30 years, and has regularly been holding conferences and meetings. In the recent AWID forum 2016, over 2000 women from very diverse contexts came together, to radically re-imagine and co-create feminist futures. Helen writes about her experience of the warmth and dedication at...
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Siko Bouterse

Siko has worked with global online communities for over 10 years with an intent to build bridges

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Mapping the feminist internet: the Whose Knowledge? campaign at the AWID Forum

Posted Mon 3 Oct 2016 - 16:12 | 7,695views
Whose Knowledge? works with individuals, communities, organisations and movements worldwide to create, collect and curate knowledge from and with marginalised communities, particularly women, people of colour, LGBTQI communities, indigenous peoples and others from the global South. Essentially, Whose Knowledge? is a radical re-imagining and reconstruction of the internet, so that the internet can...
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Carol

Carol contributes to research and the Gender and Technology Programme at Tactical Tech

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Coming Back to Tech

Posted Sun 2 Oct 2016 - 14:11 | 2,602views
There are a growing number of resources to prevent and respond to many kinds of online harassment faced by women and marginalised people working as activists, human rights defenders or journalists. But what happens 'the day after' an attack? What happens after the more urgent crisis phase(s) of a campaign of harassment passes?
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Nadika

Nadika is a non-binary person based in Chennai. She writes and edits for a living

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[COLUMN] The Gender Binary: Thank you!

Posted Thu 22 Sep 2016 - 11:20 | 2,944views
The word Impostor keeps coming up every time a trans woman writes about herself. It is there, just below the surface, despite all the estrogen and progesterone, under all the skin-colour foundation and pink lipstick and shiny earrings. It is behind the pads on our breast, cushioning the tender nipples. The feeling, and the word - impostor. We are impostors when we try to be us, and when we try to...
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"Sonia Randhawa is a member of GenderIT.org's pool of writer.

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[COLUMN] Joining the dots: Gender, ICTs and climate change

Posted Mon 19 Sep 2016 - 12:22 | 2,706views
We are facing a climate emergency. In this column series, GenderIT is joining millions of other groups and individuals in building hope in the face of this fear. First we examine why climate change and the contributions of the ICT industry to climate change have a gender dimension, and why gender and ICT policy needs to build in climate awareness. In other words, just like gender, climate change...
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Zara

Zara is a researcher, writer and linguist who is interested in the intersection of power, culture

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Feminist Tech Tools

Posted Wed 31 Aug 2016 - 07:39 | 5,779views
A feminist internet can mean many things, it means that everyone has affordable, unconditional, open, meaningful and equal access to the internet; it means acknowledging that attacks, threats, intimidation, and policing experienced by women and queers is real, harmful, and alarming; it means that the right to free expression for women and queers; and it includes principles on access, movements,...
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Smita

Smita is a queer feminist, currently working at Point of View, India, on gender, sexuality and te

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I delete myself: anonymity and sexuality online

Posted Tue 23 Aug 2016 - 10:26 | 4,130views
The fact that the Internet allows women to be anonymous has greatly aided in increased freedom of expression as well as in combating sexual discrimination, violence as well as domestic abuse. Even with the points in favour of right to anonymity being far and wide, it is not seen as a priority in many countries. Human rights activists and the civil society are only beginning to acknowledge that...

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Beyond the Numbers: Gender and Access to the Internet

Posted Fri 19 Aug 2016 - 10:43 | 2,155views
Access is a right. In June this year, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution that condemns "measures to intentionally prevent or disrupt access to or dissemination of information online" and affirmed that "the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online." But what does access really mean? How important is it to women, especially to marginalized women?

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5 reasons why surveillance is a feminist issue

Posted Mon 15 Aug 2016 - 16:06 | 5,314views
Contemporary surveillance practices are to a large extent big data driven, underpinned by a collect-it-all logic, and ever expanding due to fear-mongering, yet pervasive national security discourse. Surveillance technologies and practices have not only multiplied in scale and quantity. Too often, feminist issues on the one hand, and discussions around privacy and surveillance on the other still...
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Evelin Heidel - Scann

Evelin Heidel (también conocida como Scann) es miembro de AlterMundi.

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Building digital technologies

Posted Fri 12 Aug 2016 - 12:41 | 2,274views
Why are there less women in technology or ICTs? The participation of women in building technologies is a complex and difficult issue to address. It ranges from the field of public policy to cultural and social practices that do not facilitate the inclusion of women in this field of knowledge and appropriation of technologies with a gender perspective. This article addresses the problems that...