Gender & ICTs

Pioneering research launched on tech driven violence against women in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 3 October 2014 (Bytes for All for APCNews)

Technology based violence is exposing women to the entire spectrum of conceivable harms in Pakistan. Victims of technology based violence have suffered physical violence ranging from rape to attempted assassination, psycho-social harms and loss of development opportunities. This was revealed in a research report launched by Bytes for All, Pakistan in Islamabad on September, followed by a panel discussion that aimed to engage various key stakeholders in the discussion.

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How crucial is anonymity for sexual exploration and promoting sexual rights activism

Pakistan

While the debate around anonymity rarely gets seen from a feminist angle, women go through this feeling of being watched online and offline every day of their lives. It happens so often and so persistently that it has increasingly become synonymous to the experience of being a woman.

(Re)govern and (Re)imagine a feminist internet: Sex, rights and internet governance at the IGF 2014

South Africa

As a pre-event of the IGF 2014 APC convened a meeting of sexual rights activists, women’s human rights defenders and gender equality advocates to discuss the intersections between sex

“In our work, the internet is a main stakeholder”: A feminist talk with Hayriye Avatar at the IGF

India

The Turkish LGBTI rights organization Kaos GL turns 20 on September 20.

IGF 2014: From Istanbul with love or “honey trap”?

Indonesia

The 9th Internet Governance Forum on 2 -5 September 2014 was held in Istanbul, a city where many lovers from various countries spend their honey moon. People write poems about the blue sea, Sultanahmet mosque and the evil eye.

#WhatAreYouDoingAboutVAW campaign: Social media accountability

On 21 July, Take Back the Tech! began a campaign demanding to know what Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are doing about violence against women on their sites.

Hands off my internet! Abortion stigmas - accessing and controlling information on reproductive rights

Accessing information on the internet about abortion services and reproductive health empowers women and girls! In many situations, the internet is the only means to access critical information on fundamental rights and freedoms and the right to health.

Emma Watson, trolls and a feminist internet

KUALA LUMPUR 25 September 2014 (Jac sm Kee for GenderIT.org)

Within days of her highly visible and publicised speech, Emma Watson became the subject and target of violence. The threat and reality of using women’s sexualised bodies as weapons to humiliate them, shut them up or blackmail them into submission are increasingly prevalent expressions of violence against women online. Jac sm Kee, APC´s Women´s Rights Programme manager, shares her insights on the emerging reactions, and also criticises the framing of the UN #HeForShe campaign, as it seems to position women as passive subjects needing to be rescued.

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Celebrating women in ICT at APNIC 38

Since APNIC 32, APNIC Conferences have been showcasing some of the inspirational women we have in our technical community through the Women in ICT event.

Why do the Feminist Principles of the Internet matter?

Indonesia

I was shocked and terrified when I received the above comment in reply to my Facebook status. And it didn’t stop there. The person also sent me a private message on Facebook threatening to rape me. No, this was not a random person I befriended on Facebook.

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