Coordinates for change: putting violence against women on the map
“Map it. End it. Demand change” was the core of the Take Back the Tech! campaign for 2011. Flavia Fascendini writes about several mapping initiatives around the world that aim to document forms of violence against women so as to “put them on the map” in the sense that they are named, pointed out, shown as related, and denounced - and in that way the mapped territory is changed into one that…
Mapping and privacy: Interview with Privacy International's Gus Hosein
Sonia Randhawa spoke with senior fellow at Privacy International Gus Hosein about how mobile devices and their ability to map our movements are intruding on personal privacy and individual autonomy.
Silence is not the solution - women bloggers stand up to trolls
The net is not neutral. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the experience of women bloggers. Women bloggers face an unprecedented level of harassment and abuse online - both in terms of the volume and vitriol of attacks. But now women writers everywhere are standing up and speaking out against cyberharassment.
Why women's movements should take a deep breath…and get involved in a new arena of public policy
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.
Self-Care & Self-Defense Manual for Feminist Activists
This self-help manual written by Marina Bernal and others with the collaboration of Artemisa, Elige and CREA, proposes to feminist activists to undertake a journey of self-exploration in order to learn to build their own self-defense strategies. It aims to help activists understand their limitations and strengths, as well as reasons why they are victims of certain types of violence and why they…
#TechVAW: The South Africa users debate how tech is changing gender-based violence
Lebo shares with the GenderIT.org readers how Women’s Net and its partners in South Africa advocate for the end of violence against women through a seminar and a Tweet-up. The seminar was part of the MDG3 Fund /APC Women project, Women’sNet is the South Africa partner.
Philippine law enforcers face new challenges in responding to violence against women
"New spaces made available to women in the digital world are also becoming spaces for violence against women to occur", notes Lenlen in her feminist talk. In her article, she outlines some of these new emergent forms of violence against women in the Philippines, in the hope of raising awareness and engendering appropriate responses from all stakeholders.
Between four walls: sweeping sexual abuse under the carpet
Nighat Dad from the Pakistan MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project documents the story of a girl who sought her advice at the “Take Back The Tech” event, in Peshawar. The girl was 14 years old, and she was sexual abused for the last 6 years.
Gay Girl in Damascus is actually Straight Man in Scotland
If you saw the headline you have no doubt already heard the news that Gay Girl in Damascus was totally a dude. I know, right?