Gender & ICTs

GEM practitioners participate in research on technology and social change

Two GEM practitioners participated in a research on internet access of local people using internet cafes and public kiosks in neighborhoods and popular sectors in Chile, Argentina and Peru.

APC announces new project: “End violence: women's rights and safety online”

BUENOS AIRES 11 July 2012 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for APC)

APC starts a new project “End violence: women’s rights and safety online” based on experience and knowledge gathered in past years. What shows, and organisations providing support services to victims of violence have indicated, is that for evidence-building to be effective, a better system for documenting technology-related violations is needed.

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Flash mob Korean style


In Seoul for the Asia Europe Foundation’s Informal Meeting on Human Rights, looking at human rights and ICTs, I made a few extra-curricular stops – it was hard not to, when just outside our hotel is an ongoing protest about labour rights…


UN Human Rights Council holds first-ever discussion on Women Human Rights Defenders

The 20th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council convened a 3-hour panel on 26 June on Women Human Rights Defenders as part of its annual full-day discussion on women’s human rights.

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Two GEM trainers improve their knowledge and skills online


Derlly and Aura are two trainers who were members of the GEM team in Cali, Colombia, during the field work to adapt GEM for telecentres that took place in late 2008 and early 2009.

Online censorship in South Africa: Protecting or policing?

The Spear is a painting that depicts the South African president Jacob Zuma in a rallying pose, with genitals exposed. It has caused controversy and been defaced. Images of the painting have gone viral on internet. In late May 2012, the South African Film and Publications Board classified the painting, as not suitable for people under the age of 16. But in a country where one in four women is raped, who is the ban supposed to protect?

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Internet improves access to health care for sex workers in the Olympics area of London

PRAGUE 22 June 2012 (Katerina Fialova for

The 2012 Olympic Games are already having quite an impact on sex workers in London. The Open Doors team of nurses has for years relied on its knowledge of East London brothels to provide critical sexual health advice, checkups and free condoms. In the run up to the Olympics, police have closed a number of brothels over the last 12 months.

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Nancy Hafkin interviewed by APC


Nancy Hafkin was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame on April 25, after 33 years promoting networks and the internet in Africa.

Feminist talks on internet, economic justice and women's rights at AWID Forum

PERGAMINO 18 May 2012 (Flavia Fascendini for

This edition reflects on the feminist politics and practices of technology within the broader debates around economic justice and women’s rights at the 12th AWID Forum. These talks make a strong contribution to internet governance: if women do not sit at the discussion table, they will be on the menu.

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