What school girls in India can teach us about social media

Sheena D’Lima on 20 July 2015 | 5,402 views
In most Pune schools, the new term is under way. Activities are in full swing and tests have already begun. Students wake up as early as six in the morning and the school day hums along amidst ringing bells and slamming lockers. At the dinner table, a heated WhatsApp conversation ends only when an exasperated parent confiscates the phone. Everyone has at least one selfie on Instagram. Is it time to unfriend your elder brother yet? You know how brothers are. Somebody’s crush has just uploaded a picture of himself with a guitar. Like. Thumbs up. After dinner, it’s time for homework or bed. Phones are plugged in to charge overnight.

Inside the world of India’s badass girl gamers

Neha Mathews on 17 July 2015 | 5,599 views
If there’s anything I love with a passion, it’s kicking serious ass. Which is probably why, as an 8 year old, Dangerous Dave inspired equal amounts of angst and satisfaction in me. In this simple 8-bit videogame, I overcame obstacles and struggled through levels, overusing my jetpack privileges and never quite pressing the Alt-key fast enough. Okay, maybe I wasn’t a particularly good player, but I eventually made it to the end, feeling invincible for exactly 30 minutes.

A legacy on how gender is built into the way we discuss and use technology

Sonia Randhawa on 17 June 2015 | 8,890 views
In this article, GenderIT.org talks with Anita Gurumurthy from IT For Change about gender and privacy. Anita worked with Heike in the Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society research programme.

Whose internet is it indeed! Internet governance feminism as political praxis

Marianne Franklin on 16 June 2015 | 4,426 views
These reflections follow on from a personal recollection of Heike Jensen on the Global Internet Governance Academic Network blog. Here, Marianne Franklin focuses on one of Heike's later publications, a chapter for the 2013 edition of the Global Information Society Watch entitled “Whose internet is it anyway? Shaping the internet – feminist voices in governance decision making”.

Of celebrity sex tapes and child porn: talking about technology-related violence in the Philippines

Syar S. Alia on 8 June 2015 | 4,276 views
The Philippines was one of seven countries covered by APC’s research project “End violence: Women's rights and safety online”. The research in the Philippines was done in association with the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA). Here, Syar S. Alia speaks to FMA’s programme coordinator for gender and ICT, Lisa S. Garcia, to take a closer look at the research findings.

Joanne Sandler: “Links between Section J and patriarchy need to be high on the agenda of feminists worldwide”

Lamia Kosovic on 29 May 2015 | 3,698 views
This year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) outcomes set off some alarm bells of concern about the lack of political space for civil society in the CSW process. While the Commission adopted a Political Declaration that reaffirms states’ commitment to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, it failed to confront the real challenges that women and girls around the world face at this very moment. In light of these recent developments, Lamia Kosovic conducted an interview for GenderIT.org with Joanne Sandler, a Senior Associate of Gender at Work and former Deputy Executive Director of UNIFEM, to hear her personal opinion on the issue at stake.

Time to update the Section J on women’s real needs

Bianca Baldo on 29 May 2015 | 2,676 views
Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the specific elaboration of Section J on women and the media, the review resolution does not reflect the impact that ICTs have proven to have on women’s lives, as a means to dramatically advance or hinder women’s rights. In this interview by Bianca Baldo for GenderIT.org, APC’s Jennifer Radloff and Sara Baker agree that we should move away from participating in panels for side-events at the Commission on the Status of Women, and focus instead on working with governments to co-organise high-level panels on issues relating to Section J, as well as working with other women's rights organisations that are interested in the feminist principles of the internet and together strategise on how to influence agendas. They also agree on a crucial issue that is overlooked by governments: Section J is about women's voices.

Of cultural controls and gender inequality: Talking about technology-related violence against women in Pakistan

GenderIT.org on 29 May 2015 | 2,720 views
Pakistan was one of seven countries covered by APC’s research project “End violence: Women's rights and safety online”. The research in Pakistan was done in association with Bytes for All, a human rights organisation that focuses on ICTs. Here, GenderIT.org speaks to the manager of advocacy and outreach at Bytes for All, Furhan Hussain, to bring us a closer look into the research findings.

How technology issues impact women’s rights: 10 points on Section J

APC on 9 March 2015 | 11,477 views
APC's advocacy for the re-prioritisation of Section J at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women asks governments to recognise the critical role that the media and ICT play in both advancing and stifling women's rights. At the same time, it is vital that women's rights activists and organisations examine how ICT affects their work and take up Section J demands. To that end, 10 Points on Section J describes ICT's growing impact on a variety of issues related to women's rights, from access and agency to economics and ecology. Learn more about each of the 10 issues and related demands and draw on this resource as you work to inject gender equality into all aspects of media and technology, increasing women's ability to fully enjoy their rights online and off.

From impunity to justice: Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women

APC on 2 March 2015 | 10,772 views
A new series of reports by the Association for Progressive Communications presents findings from a multi-country research project on technology-related violence against women (VAW). The research – which reveals a lack of access to justice for survivors – highlights the voices and experiences of women who have faced technology-related VAW and sought justice through state agencies and internet intermediaries.