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

Caroline Tagny on 31 May 2016
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.

[EDITORIAL] Feminist Principles of the Internet: Two years later

Dhyta Caturani on 31 May 2016
Two years after the initial birth of the Feminist Principles of the Internet, Dhyta helps us frame this edition where we see how feminists put the principles into practice in their own contexts. “As an evolving document, we need to constantly revisit it to make sure that it stays relevant, or else we should clarify, revise or even change it in accordance with the new circumstances and our needs,” she emphasises.

Women actively join internet governance discussions

Dafne Sabanes Plou on 4 Nov 2015
Little by little, the number of women participating in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has increased significantly, and their presence in panels and workshops and as participants has brought new insights into the discussion of the different matters that are key in IGF debates.

Claiming governance spaces: from Gender and Internet Governance Exchange to Africa Internet Governance Forum

Caroline Tagny on 26 Oct 2015
The Association for Progressive Communications' Caroline Tagny interviewed Chenai Chair, a participant of the Africa Gender and Internet Governance Exchange, on her experience.

Exchange moment

Chioma Phibe Nwaodike on 7 Sep 2015
It all started a couple of weeks ago when the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) invited me to apply for participation in an exchange with women’s rights, internet rights and sexual rights activists to discuss, exchange and build awareness and understanding of the relationship between gender, women’s rights and internet governance. I had not realized that at end of it, I would not be afraid to call myself a feminist.

‘Governing’ my internet

Atieno Otieno on 4 Sep 2015
I never thought the internet to be knotty. That all I needed was my device of choice, an internet service provider and voila! Get my connection, click, click, click, open up a page, browse through it, close tab, open another, like an update, favorite a tweet, laugh at some memes and move on to the next tab. Nothing is ever that easy.

Internet governance in Africa - #AfriSIG2015 #GIGxAfrica #IGF2015

APC on 3 Sep 2015
In order to strengthen internet governance in Africa, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is organising a series of events to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during September 2015. Follow them here.

Barriers to women’s participation on the internet evolve with increased ‘access’

Natasha Msonza on 3 Sep 2015
In the opening session at this year’s Gender and Internet Governance eXchange (gigXAfrica), participants highlighted some key questions they had that they hoped would be answered during the exchange. One participant innocently asked: if the internet is free for all, how are women really marginalized in that space? This is my attempt at a calm response to this question that I am slowly realising occupies the minds of many.

The digital age: A feminist future for the queer African woman

Nyx McLean on 26 Aug 2015
Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Nyx McLean recently published an article in The IDS Bulletin, The Digital Age: A Feminist Future for the Queer African Woman. The article draws attention to digital communities and how they afford the queer African woman the space to express her lived experience.

ICTs for Feminist Movement Building: Activist Toolkit

on 13 Aug 2015
This toolkit aims to assist activists to think through their communication strategies in a way that supports movement building. It offers a practical guide to writing a communication strategy and reviews a number of tools (ICTs) and technology-related campaigns which can be used in organising work.

Hacking exclusion: African feminists engagements and disruption of the internet

Jennifer Radloff on 9 Aug 2015
An important connection between women's rights activism and building movements of solidarity and resistance, is communication. The internet is a fundamental and potentially transformative public space which can enable and facilitate communication at speed, across borders and through time and space. It is a stage for violences that are familiar to feminists living and resisting in spaces outside of the internet. The internet is a space too for incredible creativity and connection and according to the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Rights Programme (APC WRP) “is an extension, reflection and continuum of our movements and resistance in other spaces.”

Coalition of African Lesbians granted Observer Status by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

on 3 May 2015
In this statement, the Coalition of African Lesbians congratulates the decision of the African Commission on Human and People´s Rights to grant Observer Status to CAL, a network of 19 organisations working to transform Africa into a continent where lesbian and bisexual women and gender non-conforming people enjoy the full range of human rights.

Nairobi: Policy consultation workshop on technology-related violence against women

on 9 Sep 2014
Women leaders are expressing concerns over the skyrocketing cases of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) globally. The women leaders who congregated at a Nairobi hotel for a two-day policy consultation workshop, also decried what they called ballooning cases of technology-related violence against women.

Interview with Nana Darkoa: Adventures from the bedroom of an African woman

Flavia Fascendini on 8 May 2014
Three (and many more) online is not a crowd – neither online nor offline. That is what the multi-award-winning blog "Adventures from the bedrooms of African women" posits. In this interview, one of the blog's founders and writers, Nana Darkoa from Ghana, talks about how this space started, what the boundaries are, and what it takes to build a safe and free space where African women can openly discuss a variety of issues related to sex, pleasure and sexuality – in spite of trolls and bad kissers.

The coming of (digital) age: How African feminists are using the internet to change women's lives

Minna Salami on 5 May 2014
In this article, the writer Minna Salami states that while the digital wave is marked by more diversity than previous feminist waves, with people of all walks of life contributing, it is nevertheless predominantly the ways that white/western feminists challenge patriarchal structures using the internet that has garnered attention. "However, important milestones of the global feminist struggle go ignored if we look only at the ways that the white/western feminist movement uses the internet," she adds. The fact is that feminists everywhere are using new technologies to fundamentally change society but the achievements of online feminisms in Africa, for instance, are hardly known within the continent, let alone outside it. Salami challenges this general trend by sharing a few examples on how African feminists are using the internet to change society.
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