India

[COLUMN] Sanitary Panels: SPOT THE DIFFERENCES! (comic)

Sanitary Panels on 26 Jul 2018
Sanitary Panels is an ironic yet hard hitting series where social commentary masquerades as humour and makes us rethink many of our assumptions. In this comic Sanitary Panels looks at the difference that women and men achievers face and what assumptions are imposed by social and cultural ideas around gender.

Hidden figures - A look at technology-mediated violence against women in India

Anita Gurumurthy on 11 Jun 2018
IT for Change held a consultation in 2017 on the various forms of gender based cyber violence that affects women in India. Here various researchers and speakers gathered to share their data, insight and questions on the kinds of online violence faced by women in different professions, strata and social locations - from vernacular journalists to students in colleges, rural and urban women. This article also looks at various legal mechanisms and solutions offered by the state and what could be the way to address online violence.

For women in the press like Rana Ayyub, it’s scarily easy for online threats to turn physical

Shreya Ila Anasuya on 7 Jun 2018
On 24 May 2018, the Office of the Human Rights Commission, United Nations put out a statement that the Indian government has a duty to protect its citizens and journalists from threats and in particular about the severity of threats against Rana Ayyub, journalist and writer based in India. This article looks at the severity of violence faced by the journalist, including physical threats, doxxing, fake videos and tweets etc.

Intersection of identities: Online gender and caste based violence

Kiruba Munusamy on 7 Jun 2018
Women who are also from vulnerable and marginalised communities such as Dalit women in India, face additional and vicious forms of online violence and harassment. In addition their access to justice is tenuous and fraught, adding progressively to the impunity with which caste- and gender-based harassment takes place.

Breaking online gender-based violence

Serene Lim on 6 Jun 2018
An understanding of online gender-based violence as part of the structure of cultural and social violence that women face is essential to finding solutions or to combat it. In this article Serene Lim delves into what could be feminist legal approaches to online GBV, the alleged opposition to free speech and the multi-generational work required to dismantle frameworks of patriarchal oppression.

In plain sight, on sexuality, rights and the internet in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

hvale on 4 May 2018
The EROTICS report 2017 looks at sexuality, sexual rights and communication rights in South Asia in particular, and in this introduction to the report, hvale explores the conceptual overlaps and connecting threads in these varied contexts. South Asia's troubled colonial legacy of tackling sexuality related issues is evident in the many violations of rights of LGBTQI people, and the introduction looks at the importance of the internet in building connections and community, but also as a space of violence.

[COLUMN] COMIC: Male ego

Sanitary Panels on 2 May 2018
Sanitary Panels is a comic that explores aspects of gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and careers. Here is an ordinary scene at a coffee-shop.

SWIPE ME LEFT, I’M DALIT

Does technology and modernity dismantle hierarchies of social exclusion, like casteist and skin colour based discrimination in India? This is the question that is examined in-depth in this article that looks at the experience of Dalit women dating through apps in the Indian context, the roles that they are expected to play and how caste continues to play a role in romantic and sexual relationships and in relation to savarna (dominant caste) women.

[COLUMN] Sanitary Panels: Your average MANEL (comic)

Sanitary Panels on 12 Apr 2018
Sanitary Panels does a web comic series on gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM education and careers. Here is a poster for yet another manel i.e. a panel with only male speakers on a topic on which many qualified women experts are there.

[COLUMN] How young womxn in the Global South are reclaiming social media to foster change in educational spaces

Samukelisiwe Mabaso on 19 Mar 2018
In the final column on reclaiming social media for women's rights, gender justice and parity, Samukelisiwe looks at how girls and young women have fought for their rights in the global South; and how Gen X, Y and Z has redefined the use of the internet and is reshaping politics both online and onground.

[COLUMN] Sanitary Panels: How to interview women in STEM (comic)

Sanitary Panels on 14 Mar 2018
Sanitary Panels does a web comic series on gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM education and careers. Here we show what happens when women in technology are singled out and interviewed.

Participation, creativity and design in research methodology around ICTs

Catalina Alzate on 16 Feb 2018
In the field of research around gender and ICTs, there is particular attention required to the question of research methodology. How do women use ICTs, what do they need them for, what is the power dynamics around access and distribution? In this specific research project around potential use of ICTs, Catalina Alzate shows how participatory action research, design and creativity can be pulled together to enrich and deepen the process of research.

[COLUMN] SANITARY PANELS: Women in STEM (comics)

Sanitary Panels on 12 Jan 2018
Sanitary Panels does a web comic series on gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM education and careers. Here are two comics on circles of complicity around sexual harassment and STEM careers for women.

Drawing a line between 'vulgarity' and lack of consent: Interview with Point of View

Nadika on 19 Dec 2017
Point of View as part of EROTICS (Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet) project undertook an extensive research to understand how law constructs obscenity online, and to identify specific instances of non-consensual sharing of intimate images, and the various ways in it is punished or acquitted. This study specifically looks at implementation of new laws under the Information Technology Act of India.

Flesh rather than word

Joshua Muyiwa on 19 Dec 2017
In 2017 the Independent Expert for Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression and the Yogyakarta +10 principles acknowledged the specific social, cultural, health and other issues that are faced by those who are gender non conforming, and non-binary. This article looks at the online lives of those who challenge, play with, question and disrupt the gender binary, and do more - who are visibly and obviously queer.
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