Kenya

Journeying through sexuality, activism and the internet

Njeri Gateru on 9 Nov 2017
Kenya has few protections for the people within its own country who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer. In this article Njeri Gateru traces their journey and that of the organisation National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission in Nairobi - the difficulties they have faced and their use of online tools and spaces.

[SPECIAL EDITION] Expert on my own Experience: Conversations with Neo Musangi

Namita on 13 Sep 2017
Neo Musangi is a performing and visual artist, academic and researcher. They are non-binary (preferred pronouns: they and them). In this interview Neo talks about various things – sexuality and gender based groups, the women’s movement and feminism, the role of visual and performing art and their disgruntlement with academia, being non binary openly and publicly both online and offline.

[COLUMN] Access and Beyond (5): How do we address the gender question?

Chenai Chair on 17 Aug 2017
In this last column by Chenai Chair following the gender implications of the research by Research ICT Africa on access, she explores how researchers and activists can proactively explore gender dimensions. Even as ITU figures point to a progressively increasing gender digital divide, there are steps to take to understand and address this divide.

[COLUMN] Access and beyond (4): Gendered barriers to internet use

Chenai Chair on 14 Jul 2017
Gendered barriers to internet access can range from social and cultural barriers imposed within family or by partners to extraneous factors relevant to all - such as affordability of data and devices. In this column Chenai Chair examines the specificity of how access is different for women and men.

[COLUMN] Access and Beyond (3): Navigating mobile costs in communication

Chenai Chair on 15 Jun 2017
Africa is flooded with zero rating services such as Free Basics (Facebook’s zero rating scheme) and other subsidised data strategies. Do these schemes make internet more affordable and bring access to more people? In this column Chenai Chair examines whether ordinary people perceive such schemes as useful.

[COLUMN] Access and Beyond (2): Motivations for internet use

Chenai Chair on 11 May 2017
In this column, Chenai Chair explores motivations of internet use through the ResearchICT Africa study in Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. Business, local and global communication, social ties, and curiosity seem to be the main motivators. By understanding why people go online, we can better shape interventions for a connected society.

[COLUMN] Access and beyond (1): Navigating the gendered cyberspace

Chenai Chair on 12 Apr 2017
In this column series, Chenai Chair explores the barriers to accessing the internet in four countries in Africa - Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya. The study in particular looks at the impact of affordability of internet and subsidised data services, and what impact this has on people in different locations (countries, urban-rural), of different genders, and so on. In the first column, Chenai examines what kind of methodology is suited for research on access.

Internet use barriers and user strategies: perspectives from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda

Chenai Chair on 28 Mar 2017
The introduction of OTT services that replace regular messaging applications in built into a phone, definitely has an impact on internet use. OTT services have become the main entry point to the Internet for most users in the prepaid mobile environment that characterises most African markets. This comparative country study, based on focus groups conducted in November 2016 in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa, sought to develop evidence of why people, use the Internet the way they do, specifically when their data is subsidised. The study is meant to inform policy making and especially discourse around internet rights.

A Woman Coder's Journey (Women-in-tech)

GenderIT.org on 23 Feb 2017
Judith Owigar speaks about her journey entering into tech spaces, and also about their work with Akirachix in Kenya helping other women along the same journey marked by trials, exclusions and success. While speaking about the barriers of education in science and technology (STEM), she says that what inspires her work in many forums around women in tech in Africa, is that eventually a woman should have the space to make her own choices.

Kenya country report: Technology-related violence against women

Mary Onyango on 20 Jan 2016
The research project is part of the remedies for victims/survivors of technology-related forms of violence against women (VAW). The project is an implementation by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in partnership with seven countries: Mexico, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Philippines, Pakistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

From unawareness to women coming forward when under attack: Technology-related violence against women in Kenya

Tarryn Booysen on 20 Jan 2016
Kenya was one of seven countries covered under the Association for Progressive Communication’s End violence: Women’s rights and safety online research project. Here, GenderIT.org writer Tarryn Booysen speaks to the research team, giving us a closer look into the research findings.

End violence: Case studies from Kenya

on 22 Dec 2014
These case summaries are based on in-depth case studies mapping women’s experiences of technology-related VAW and their attempts to access justice either through domestic legal remedy or corporate grievance mechanisms. The original case studies from Kenya were documented by country researchers from the project partner International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Kenya between November 2013 and April 2014 and the summaries were prepared by Richa Kaul Padte.

What is the gender of the VI IGF? Help us find out!

GenderIT.org on 27 Sep 2011
The Gender Report Card put forward by the Association for Progressive Communications is a simple but strategic way to get a more accurate sense of women's participation at the IGF. Download it! You can help by printing it out and bringing it to your workshops, or you can share it online with other IGF participants.

Women and cybercrime in Kenya: the dark side of ICTS (Working document)

Kateřina Fialová on 20 Jul 2010
This study was commissioned by KICTANET as part of the GRACE Project, and supported by the International Development and Research Center (IDRC). It documents cybercrime against women in Kenya and by extrapolation the East African Community Member states. For example the study examines the type and quantity of prevalent cybercrime against women or how does cyber crime affect women differently. The general objective of this study is to contribute to development of cyber security legislation in Kenya in order to provide a secure safe space, for women to exercise their right to communicate without fear of abuse, harassment, and violence. It is targeted primarily to the government/governmental agencies, international organisations, women organisations and media.

Radio: A Post Nine-Eleven Strategy for Reaching the World's Poor

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The book provides case studies of the historical use of radio, and an overview of what is being done today. the authors argue that the voice of radio can work as an effective, practical and cost-efficient means of transmitting information that may impact the lives of people in communities all over the world.
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