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Making our presence felt: women's involvement in online content creation in Ghana

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:23

In this exploration of the questions of access and economy for women in Ghana, the author takes a closer look at the digital gender-gap. When women don't have equal access to the internet then what are the economic implications?

Turning from Tumblr: Where is sex positivity on the internet going?

Tue, 03/12/2019 - 09:45

The Tumblr porn ban reveals how laws in one country against sex trafficking can be used to police content online, and especially has an impact on queer, trans and other sexuality related content. Here Tiffany Mugo talks about what that does to the discourse around sex positivity online.

Sexual Assault in Ghana: How technology can help build visibility

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:17

In Ghana sexual assault is vastly under-reported and there is a huge barrier in the police procedures for reporting of crimes. In this article based on multiple interviews, the author explores what role technology can play in addressing this, and can public discourse and visibility around sexual assault lead to change?

No Photos Please: Dating & Hooking Up Via Grindr And Notions of Self-Worth

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:11

The second in a series on queerness and privacy, this article explores the relevance of what is legally understood as privacy in the lives of queer people and communities living in the "global South". In this article, the contradictions between online dating for queer and gay people and the precarity of their daily lives is explored.

Five tips for a successful edit-a-thon on gender

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 09:50

Do you want to organise an edit-a-thon around gender, women in STEM, movements and feminist histories of organising or anything else? Here are a list of (5 and more) things to watch out for - including the safety of your participants and how to navigate the tricky but sometimes essential rules of editing content on Wikipedia. 

Queerness and Privacy[1]: Baby I Love It When You Never Hold Back From Me

Sat, 12/15/2018 - 07:24

What is the social and cultural understanding of privacy? In the wake of the judgments on decriminalising homosexuality and assuring people of their right to privacy, one writer ponders on the value of privacy in relation to the lived realities of queer and gay people.

TBTT Global Meet, Nepal: An illustrated journey with questionable accuracy/a love letter to the gathering

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:08

An illustrated journal and love letter to the feminists, hackers, women, gender-diverse, astrology-believers, radical nay-sayers, hikers, sleepers, vegans, beef-eaters, and everyone else who gathered in Nepal for the Take back the Tech and Feminist Tech Exchange camps in August 2018.

healing shamelessly

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:56

Beyond saying that we as activists and feminists need self-care, how do we reach this space within ourselves? Here is one person's journey.

5 thoughts on online content moderation from an insider

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 08:23

What does content moderation on social media actually entail - how much artificial intelligence and human labour is being used, who is responsible for decisions around the removal of content or about what complaints to ignore? An insider from social media companies shares 5 concise insights on how social media giants actually work. 

More To Do: Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence in the Philippines

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 13:27

This article maps the legal mechanisms to deal with online and technology-facilitated gender-based violence in the Philippines. While a number of laws have evolved to deal with forms of online abuse and violence, such as cyberbullying of students, there are still gaps in relation to what women are facing online. 

Melt down of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 16:32

The clampdown on gays and non-heteronormative people in Tanzania has been in the news and while it seems like it is the agenda of certain groups and people in the government, it is essential to examine what are the privacy, data and censorship implications of targeting LGBTQIA+ people online.

Online Abuse: A SILENT MONSTER Curtailing WOMEN’S RIGHTS ONLINE

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:06

Online abuse and harassment prevents women from realising their full rights online. In this article we look at specific instances of harassment of women online in Ghana, and what needs to be done to ensure full and meaningful internet access for women.

What can Ghana do about the harassment faced by women online

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 15:53

Women in Ghana, ordinary women and celebrities, have dealt with harassment and violence online, but there is minimal effort by the government currently to effectively address this problem. The suggestion seems to be that self-censorship should solve such problems faced by women.

Feminism 101 by Sister Anita [Comic]

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 11:24

In the first of a three-part comic series, Sister Anita schools a man about the basics of feminism!

Shaping the internet we want: Gender perspectives on FIFAfrica 2018

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 11:21

The annual Forum on Internet Freedom, Africa brings together people from across the African continent to to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online on the continent. But what about gender perspectives? 

The Politics of Self Care and Feminism

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:41

What is self-care in a time of hyper-connected people and devices and of image-saturated capitalism and what does it mean to speak about self-care in relation to feminist politics and the women's movement. Sharanya examines the politics of self-care arising from many discussions with activists, writers and campaigners.

Social Media: The New Frontier for ICT – facilitated Violence against Women

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:50

Non consensual circulation or sharing of intimate intimages or non consensual pornography is becoming increasingly prevalent. Here Bonface Witaba shares few studies on this viral social phenomenon, what steps have been taken and are likely to be taken in the context of Kenya, on a global scale and by social media companies to address the problem.

Getting woke about getting laid: A HOLAAfrica sex positive experience

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 11:51

How to start a sex-positive conversation around queerness, sensuality and sexuality, gender expression, and even violence? HOLAAfrica is one platform that shows us how to do it. From pleasure manuals to podcasts to articles, the platform raises and discusses several sensitive issues and concerns relevant to African women, gender non-conforming persons and sexual minorities.

Sanitary Panels on sexual harassment

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:57

In the wake of recent accusations of rampant sexual harassment at the workplace in various industries in India - including journalism, advertising, academia, development and many others - Sanitary Panels explores what patriarchy has huge tolerance for. [comic]

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