Gender Peripheries of the 2011 Internet Governance Forum

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*GENDER CENTRED: A thematic bulletin*
APC WNSP -, 18 October 2011
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I. THOUGHTS AROUND...Scoring participation

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Year after year the Internet Governance Forum renews expectations and opportunities of gender advocates to find innovative solutions to enhance women's rights online and offline. After 6 years of activism, this space still seems to be resistant to the inclusion of gender perspectives and activists arefaced with more questions than answers. Where are women's rights on the internet governance agenda? How to get the women's movements more involved within this new arena of public policy? How to replace the protectionist approach that traditionally surrounds women's rights defence with one that is rights-based? Along with Jennifer Radloff who introduces this edition we believe it is a responsibility of all stakeholders to make women's rights relevant and visible in the IGF debates, and to do so gender analysis and women's participation needs to be much more institucionalised in the planning of the next IGF.

Looking forward to your comments, insights and submissions, Katerina and Flavia from!

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*Scoring participation – how does change happen for women in the IGF*
by Jennifer Radloff, a South African feminist activist and the APC senior coordinator

During the years of my school and university studies, report cards caused me high levels of anxiety but accompanied by some underlying optimism. Report cards assumed all-knowing experts were making decisions around my abilities and progress. It would invariably be a measure of success or failure and would expose my weak points and (hopefully) highlight my positive traits. But they always had a judgmental and antagonistic picture in my mind.
My position has now shifted since seeing how report cards can gather useful evidence and potentially affect change. The IGF Gender Report Card initiative proposed by the APC was a first and small but revealing step in measuring representation, visibility, content and contributions from a gender perspective. The Gender Report Card looks at how many women are participating in each IGF session, ow many speakers of each IGF session are men or women and to what extent each session does or does not incorporate a gendered analysis...
Read the full editorial at:

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*Stripping the IGF bare: where are women´s rights?*'s editors, Flavia Fascendini and Katerina Fialova, speak with the APC WNSP members who took part at the Sixth Internet Governance Forum that took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 27-30 September 2011. In the interview, Chat García Ramilo, Dafne Sabanes Plou, Jac sm Kee, Jan Moolman, and Jennifer Radloff from the APC Women´s Programme offer their insights regarding gender balance and the presence of women's rights in the 2011 IGF agenda.

*Women activists and internet governance: let's open the debate*
Dafne Plou reports on the workshop of about 20 women's rights advocates from different countries and backgrounds who met late September 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, just before the 6th Internet Governance Forum to share their experiences in policy advocacy and to discuss internet governance and its linkage to women’s rights agendas. The workshop was organised by the APC Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP).

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*6th UN IGF: Statement by the Gender Dynamic Coalition*
The Gender Dynamic Coalition statement issued during the 6th UN Internet Governance Forum in September 2011, in Kenya, criticises the continued gender imbalance in both participation (as speakers and participants of workshops and sessions) and substance of the discussions at IGF. It also supports the call to make human rights the IGF 2012 theme and requests that equal attention be paid to women's rights, emphasising the need of a rights-based approach instead of protectionist solutions.

*Human rights online: new issues and threats*
This policy issue paper from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) outlines the state of human rights online and the major challenges facing activists and human rights defenders. As levels of censorship and surveillance are increasing worldwide, even in democratic countries, which threatens the work -- and the lives -- of human rights defenders, APC calls for the theme of the 2012 IGF to focus exclusively on human rights.

*APC Priorities for the Sixth Internet Governance Forum*
The 13-page brief by APC reminds UN conference-goers of critical issues facing the freedom of the internet today including affordability, openness and network neutrality in the mobile internet and online violence against women.

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*Why women's movements should take a deep breath…*
Aisha Lee Shaheed was one of the participants of the two-day workshop “Women’s Rights and Internet Governance” convened by the APC WNSP late September 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, just prior to the 6th Annual Internet Governance Forum. In her blog post, Aisha recounts how the workshop shifted her perspective on internet governance and why she as a women human rights defender should care about it.

*IGF Gender Report Cards*
APC WNSP is sharing some preliminary results of the gender report cards initiate. This was a pilot initiative put forward by the Association for Progressive Communications to monitor and assess the level of gender parity and inclusion at this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Although the numbers of sessions monitored were relatively small, and that a deeper analysis is needed, the statistics generated and first impressions can give us an idea of the role that women and gender issues played in this IGF's debates.

To read more Feminist Talk's posts and debates visit:

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