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New GenderIT.org edition! Fortitude and change in AWID Forum 2016

12 October 2016 (GenderIT.org)

In this special edition, GenderIT.org shares the experiences and reflections on the recent AWID Forum, in which a large group of women from APC Women’s Rights Programme and partners from different countries and regions, participated enthusiastically. This year’s AWID Forum showed that the feminist movement keeps growing stronger worldwide, and is committed to a politics of diversity and inclusion.

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Promoting the use of free software in Nigerian communities builds wealth

6 October 2016 (Olga Tsafack-Koloko and Mallory Knodel for APCNews)

Every year since 2004, on the third Saturday in September, hundreds of events are organised in dozens of cities around the world to increase “awareness of free software and its virtues” and to encourage use of free/libre and open source software (FLOSS) in a global event called Software Freedom Day.

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Landmark HRC resolution condemns threats to women journalists and restrictions on encryption

30 September 2016 (APC for APCNews)

The UN Human Rights Council passed a groundbreaking resolution today concerning the safety of journalists. APC welcomes this landmark resolution, in particular its condemnation of the specific attacks on women journalists, its recognition that encryption and anonymity tools are vital for the work of journalists, and its call on all states to release arbitrarily detained journalists.

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Opening plenary: Energy, song and feminist rituals to ward off evil

Costa de Sauípe, Bahia, Brazil

“We don’t like prisons but we don’t fear them.” – Yara Sallam, Egypt

The 13th AWID International Forum began on Thursday with an opening plenary to the tune of Bahian music, song and dance to honor Oxum, orisha of Brazilian hospitality, followed by inspiring presentations and questions posed by guest panelists on t

The question of the day: How to protect human rights online while countering violent extremism?

26 September 2016 (Deborah Brown and Rafik Dammak for APCNews)

Among the more than a dozen reports from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that were discussed last week at the Human Rights Council, one addressed a topic very relevant to internet policy and regulation: how to protect and promote human rights while preventing and countering violent extremism.

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Inside the Information Society: Can privacy survive in the digital age?

London [26 September 2016]

Data privacy. Source: Wikimedia CommonsData privacy. Source: Wikimedia Commons*_Each week David Souter comments on an important issue for APC members and others concerned about the Information Society.

The gender binary: Thank you!

Chennai, India

Pencil drawing by Living Smile Vidya, theatre actress and activist based in Chennai.Pencil drawing by Living Smile Vidya, theatre actress and activist based in Chennai.This is a thank you note. It is also a statement of purpose.

Let’s start, not in media res, but at the beginning.

I have been “online” – in as many senses of the word as is possible – since 1997-98.

Joining the dots: Gender, ICTs and climate change (1)

Australia

The climate crisis: Why women and women’s movements need to be up front

As I write this in mid-August 2016, Iranians are struggling to deal with temperatures reaching 60 degrees Celsius, while across the Middle East temperatures are reaching the point where scientists are saying climate change may severely impact the

See it, film it, change it: Training and supporting people using video for human rights

Argentina

_“In this age, when the mass media rest in fewer and fewer hands, we must have strong, vital, independent voices if we ever want to hear all the stories or seek justice.

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