Women's Rights Programme (WRP)

The Women’s Rights Programme (WRP) is both a programme within APC and a network of women throughout the world committed to using technology for women’s empowerment. We promote gender equality in the design, implementation, access and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and in the policy decisions and frameworks that regulate them.

Feminist mix with a tech fix

The WRP is made of feminists and activists who believe that ICTs have a strong role to play in transforming gender and social relations. In our ranks are techies and trainers who help women’s organisations and other civil society groups take control of the tools they use to advance their mission and advocacy. More than 175 women from 35 countries – librarians, programmers, journalists, trainers, designers, scholars, researchers, communicators – come together online to work jointly in various projects in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America.

Gender and ICTs

The power of ICT tools and platforms for advocacy and organising has long been recognised by women’s rights activists. ICTs have been effectively used to document abuses, redefine history and build knowledge. They have helped disseminate information, mobilise support and amplify the pressure for change. New web-based applications enable internet users to easily publish content, control their own data as well as form digital communities – shifting the power dynamics between information creators, owners and users.

Technological paradigms, assumptions about users’ realities, institutional configurations, policy priorities and legislative frameworks must be developed with the participation of women’s movements in order to reflect and respond to women’s diverse knowledge, realities and needs.

The WRP seeks to apply the tremendous transformative capacity of ICTs to strengthen women’s movements and women’s rights agendas.

Taking control of technology

We aim to build capacity within women’s movements in the creative and strategic use of ICTs so that they can shape technology. This in turn gives these women the chance to explore the convergence between ICT issues and women’s rights agendas. We develop tools and resources for fostering a gender analysis of ICT projects and policies. Our work is expressed through several initiatives that we implement internationally with our members and partners. Our work areas are:

  1. Gender and ICT policy advocacy
  2. Violence against women and ICTs
  3. Gender evaluation and research in ICTs
  4. Training and capacity building

People

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    Jac sm Kee
    Women's Rights Programme Manager
    Jac sm Kee is the Women's Rights Programme Manager with the Association for Progressive Communications (www.apc.org), and works on the issue of sexuality, women’s rights, violence against women and internet rights and freedoms. She initiated the Take Back the Tech! global campaign and the EROTICS (exploratory research on sexuality and the internet) project. Jac currently serves as a board member for the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), the New York chapter of Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action (CREA) and director of Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia. Jac has published several papers on the issue of internet governance, censorship, women’s rights and sexuality. Jac read law and gender at the University of Nottingham and the London School of Economics and Political Science, respectively.
  • Caroline Tagny
    Project Assistant - EROTICS
    Caroline Tagny is the project assistant on EROTICS for the Women's Rights Programme with the Association for Progressive Communications (www.apc.org). Holding a degree in graphic design, Caroline has always been interested in communication issues that go beyond layout. Caroline has been employed by Canadian civil society groups such as Communautique and Koumbit, two organisations that work primarily in the ICT field, and Alternatives, an APC member. She has been able to participate in the establishment of many ICT projects, including many community-oriented websites. She currently lives in South Africa and works on issues related to sexuality, women's rights and feminist digital activism.
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    Dafne Sabanes Plou
    PARM and GEM services coordinator
    Dafne is a journalist and long-time women's rights activist. She lives just outside of Buenos Aires.
  • Erika Smith
    Women's Rights Project Associate
    Originally from the US, Erika has lived in Mexico for over 22 years and is on the board of APC member LaNeta. She has been training women in Mexico on the use of computers and the internet since 1991, and is a member of APC WNSP since 1994. Her educational background is in Latin American studies and women’s social movements. She is also on the board of the interpreter and translator collective Tlatolli Ollin/Words in Movement, dedicated to providing quality interpretation on social justice issues.
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    Flavia Fascendini
    APC specialist editor
    Flavia lives in Pergamino, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her background is in journalism and she is currently the editor in Spanish and Portuguese for GenderIT.org.
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    Janine Moolman
    Women's Rights Project Coordinator
    Jan Moolman is a feminist editor, writer, trainer and activist with extensive experience in the South and Southern African women's rights sector. Her entry point into women's rights has been through media - she is a former editor of Agenda, South Africa's longest surviving > feminist journal; newspaper columnist, and has contributed to a number of publications dealing with women's rights issues. Previously, Jan guest edited an Agenda journal edition on technology with a team from Women'sNet, where she worked as the Media and Information Manager. Women'sNet is a Southern African organisation that promotes the strategic use of ICTs amongst women, girls and marginalized groups for social action. Through her work at the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT), Jan conducted training and capacity building for South African NGOs in the use of social media to deepen and support their work and managed an information portal. Jan works in the Women's Networking and Support Programme where she is the Women's Rights Project Coordinator where her work focuses on the intersection of violence against women and technology. Jan is also a digital story telling trainer and is currently working towards a Masters in Media Studies.
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    Jennifer Radloff
    Project Coordinator
    Jennifer Radloff has a degree and diplomas in teaching and librarianship but has learnt most of her skills while working and in her activism. She has been involved in gender and information work since 1992 and in applying Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for women’s empowerment and gender justice since 1995. She has worked at the University of Cape Town in the Social Justice Resource Project setting up an alternative resource centre and then moved to the African Gender Institute and lead the communications and networking programme. Whilst at the African Gender Institute she organised the first pan-African consultative workshop to link up librarians in Africa using email in order to share indigenous knowledge. She now works for the Association for Progressive Communicnations (APC) in the Women’s Networking Support Programme and coordinates capacity building for APC. She is a trainer and facilitator and has managed many projects including GenARDIS – Gender Agriculature and rural development in the information society. Jennifer was involved in the formation of Women’sNet and still sits on their board. She also serves on the board of BRIDGE based at the Institute of Development Studies. She is a part time ceramic and mosaic artist, a surfer and godmother to five godchildren.
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    Katerina Fialova
    GenderIT.org and research coordinator
    Katcha is specialised in women’s rights and ICT policy. She is chief editor of the GenderIT.org website. She lives in the Czech Republic.
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World’s first website focusing on gender and technology policy

GEM
How to evaluate ICT projects thinking about gender

Take back the tech!
A call to take control of technology to end violence against women

Feminist tech exchange
Trainings on feminist tech practices and the politics of technology