Curfew on Solidarities: Interviews with Kashmiri activists on censorship and lockdown

Namita on 2 September 2016 | 3,957 views
Social media is both the space for building a new language to speak about Kashmir in terms of occupation, resistance, settler colonialism or separatist movements, and it also is a technology of control for the Indian government. Banning certain websites and people and blocking the internet for periods extending to weeks is seen as completely acceptable ways of dealing with the "Kashmir crisis".

Not just a thematic area: Sexual rights, gender, health and rights of defenders at the United Nations HRC 2016

Namita on 28 July 2016 | 4,086 views
Pluses were the 32nd session of HRC acknowledging that women face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, online violence got a mention and so did indigenous women human rights defenders. Negatives were how far is all this from the realities of sexuality and gender based discrimination and violence.

Feminism online in West and Central Africa: Identities and digital colonisation

Caroline Tagny on 31 May 2016 | 6,104 views
This article examines the challenges that women's rights and sexual rights activists face in online feminist organising and participation in internet governance decision-making processes in West and Central Africa. It focuses particularly on linguistic barriers, and the expression of sexual or gender non-conforming identities in a context of digital colonisation in the sub-region.

Data: The new four-letter word for feminism

Anita Gurumurthy on 31 May 2016 | 9,242 views
The discourse of data in network capitalism has unleashed an ethical crisis of self and society. As the all-pervasive grids of surveillance and big data ideology take over control of social behaviour and democratic politics, women seem to be increasingly disciplined by state authority and neoliberal capital alike. Can feminism offer a way out?

The Do-It-Yourself Feminist Internet: Cyber feminist actions from Latin America

Florencia Goldsman on 19 May 2016 | 4,401 views
Informed by resistance, dissident identities, intersectional approaches, issues of sexuality and universal access to the internet, we seek a collective answer to the question: Is a feminist internet possible? This reflection is a joint undertaking with Latin American women activists advocating freer and more equitable technologies and working to saturate the net with feminist content and decolonise the media.

The reality of getting online in Jamaica: How mobile phones and social media lead to violence against women

GenderIT.org on 20 April 2016 | 2,656 views
According to the research report “Violence against women and the use of information and communications technologies in Jamaica”, there is insufficient recognition of the relationships between information and communications technologies and violence against women in the country, and VAW in its many forms continues to be a serious problem. To know more about the Jamaican context and the research, GenderIT.org interviewed one of the authors of the report, Dhanaraj Thakur.

Balancing rights and interests: Best practices to counter online abuse and violence

Flavia Fascendini on 7 March 2016 | 5,901 views
The IGF Best Practice Forum on Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence Against Women took place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil in November 2015. Representatives of civil society, academia and the private sector went through some of the key highlights and recommendations from the BPF but opened it up at different junctures for inputs and responses.

From sensitisation to changing women's lives: Understanding tech-related violence in the DRC

Bianca Baldo on 20 January 2016 | 4,008 views
In this article, Bianca Baldo interviews Françoise Mukuku and Patience Luyeye from Si Jeunesse Savait. In partnership with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), they carried out the research mapping technology-related violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the interview, they elaborate on some of the findings, gaps in legislation, ambiguous role of internet services providers, and how justice is defined by survivors.

From unawareness to women coming forward when under attack: Technology-related violence against women in Kenya

Tarryn Booysen on 20 January 2016 | 3,712 views
Kenya was one of seven countries covered under the Association for Progressive Communication’s End violence: Women’s rights and safety online research project. Here, GenderIT.org writer Tarryn Booysen speaks to the research team, giving us a closer look into the research findings.

Missing and murdered aboriginal women of Canada and human trafficking: Understanding this likely connection

Bianca Baldo on 8 January 2016 | 3,301 views
Imagine a young aboriginal woman standing alone in the night, her stance hardened by violence, outrage and sadness. Like her mother before her, she is a survivor. A survivor of colonisation, a survivor of family violence, a survivor of poverty and lack of resources, a survivor of false promises from a boyfriend that gave her hope. All she had to do was move with him to the city, he would find her a job and he would take care of her.