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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]

Keywords of the internet: The fraying edges of algorithmic production

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 11:06

In this column series we unpack keywords relevant to the internet and the digital age. Here we look at algorithms, their origin in the work of Ada Lovelace. At how they are a series of steps in a process, how they enfold consequences. And lastly we ask - can we talk about feminist algorithms?

Mentoring women in technology: Laying out the landscape

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 13:03

Equity in digital access in Africa is far from being a reality. There is also paucity of women in technology related careers and more broadly in STEM. In this column, Nodumo Dhlamini will explore the necessity for mentoring of women to make them confident users and implementers of ICT tools and solutions.

Gendered Reality Traps: How "Objective" Machine Learning Contributes to Intersectional Exploitation

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 17:20

Is technology neutral or is coding political? In this article Smarika Kumar explores how algorithms work in the real world, and how they are a reflection of existing biases and forms of exclusion and discrimination in society.

Netwoman: Policy and safer internet spaces for women

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 10:58

In Tanzania, even as access to internet has brought changes to the lives of people, there is still a lot to be done to get everyone connected and at the same time ensuring good policies to lay the ground for a safer internet. Rebecca explores legal options to the non consensual sharing of intimate images of women in the country. The big question is – how can we make online spaces safer and accessible to women? And what is the image that the internet portrays of women?

Online Dating in Pakistan

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 08:06

The rise of dating apps allows women to take control of their social life and their choices. In this article Hija Kamran speaks to many women in Pakistan about their experience of online dating, both good and bad, whether it allows for challenging of conservative social norms or it leaves women vulnerable to abuse and other risks.

Gender and community networks: Researching social and gender impact

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:41

In this fourth column on gender and community networks, Nic Bidwell looks closely at the processes and difficulties of research on the social and gender impact of Community Networks in rural places, and focuses on some issues encountered in the nitty-gritty of such research.

[COLUMN] Gender and community networks: Researching social and gender impact

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 10:41
In this fourth column on gender and community networks, Nic Bidwell looks closely at the processes and difficulties of research on the social and gender impact of Community Networks in rural places, and focuses on some issues encountered in the nitty-gritty of such research.

Image source: author. Near a community network installed in refugee camp, northern Uganda

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How to use social media for activism [VIDEO]

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:19
Here are tips and insights on how to use social media for activism and movement-building, on how to use internet and social media to amplify your cause. In this video Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah touches on several instances of how social media can and has been used by African feminists, and especially describing popular campaigns and hashtags on Twitter

How to use social media for activism

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:19
Here are some tips and insights on how to use social media for activism and movement-building. These are learnings from the vocal and active African feminists that have used internet and social media to amplify their causes. In this video Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah touches on several instances of how social media can and has been used, especially through popular campaigns and hashtags on Twitter

Note: this is not an exact transcript of this video - but the text I wrote before recording the video

Hi everyone, my name is Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, I am a Ghanaian feminist and social media enthusiast. I’m here to share my observations of how activists are using social media to build movements in West Africa. I will focus primarily on how feminist activists use the power of social media to build relationships, to network and to amplify causes. I will speak based on my own personal experiences, and my general observations.

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