In the Gender and Internet Governance Exchange (gigX) workshop last month, we, participants from different countries — Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, were asked to arrange these words on a “ladder of hierarchy”.
- Married man
- Unmarried man
- Married woman, un
Since the mid 1980s, more Filipino women than men were leaving the country for various destinations abroad. Most of the women working abroad were domestic workers, 98% of them. The number of migrant women in health and medical fields, hotels, restaurants and shops and other services sector are also bigger.
Two concepts glared at me: Feminist? Internet governance activist? Am I all that? See, I tread carefully around labels because I encounter people who “are “allergic” to the word ‘feminist’ or ‘activist’.
The Gender and Internet Governance Exchange-Asia (gigX) hosted by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in partnership with the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) gave me an opportunity to learn about the intersections between gender and internet governance in a simple way.
In June I had my first experience at an ICANN meeting. I was tagged with a bright green badge as a “newcomer” as soon as I registered.
At the end of June I attended a workshop organised by the Centre for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the topic “Digital violence and hate speech”, which dealt with the tensions between advocates for freedom of expression and the
Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities. Authentic defined by Facebook standards, of course.
It is late spring of 2015 and we are sitting in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, talking about a grave violation of women’s human rights: violence against women (VAW).