Feminist Principles of the Internet

India: Decriminalisation must pave the way to positive rights
India: Decriminalisation must pave the way to positive rights 10 September 2018 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the verdict of the Supreme Court of India on 6 September 2018 decriminalising consensual sex between all adults, irrespective of gender. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code – a remnant of the British colonial era and Victorian morality – has long been an issue fought against by activists. The court has finally recognised that the section is unconstitutional and in violation of fundamental rights, i...

Joint statement: Major gains on women's and girls' rights at the Human Rights Council 38th session
Joint statement: Major gains on women's and girls' rights at the Human Rights Council 38th session 10 July 2018 The Center for Reproductive Rights, the Sexual Rights Initiative, the Association for Progressive Communications, the International Service for Human Rights, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, the World Young Women Christian Association

The Center for Reproductive Rights, the Sexual Rights Initiative, the Association for Progressive Communications, the International Service for Human Rights, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education and the World Young Women's Christian Association welcome the major gains on women’s and girls’ rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council.  The resolution on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and ...

Views and perspectives on gender rights online for the global South: “Redefining rights for a gender-inclusive networked future”
Views and perspectives on gender rights online for the global South: “Redefining rights for a gender-inclusive networked future” 06 July 2018 Amrita Choudhury and Nadira Al-Araj

The internet today has been recognized as one of the key enablers to bridge the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots"; empowering women, indigenous population and ethnic minorities. While the number of internet users has been growing significantly, yet significant discrepancies on who can actually access and benefit from it has been observed. In fact, there is a significant differenc...

Online gender-based violence in Palestine means losing out on women's participation
Online gender-based violence in Palestine means losing out on women's participation 22 June 2018 7amleh – Arab Center for Social Media Advancement for GenderIT.org

Palestinian society is currently witnessing one of the fastest growing rates of gender based violence online in the world, which comes in light of rapid evolving of the use of internet and social media by Palestinians. Over 3,000,000 Palestinian internet users were registered in the West Bank and Gaza in 2017 as social media platforms become an arena of political and social confrontation a...

The impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organisations in digital spaces: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session
The impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organisations in digital spaces: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session 21 June 2018 ISHR, Amnesty International, APC, AWID, FORUM-ASIA and OMCT on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

38th session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 3 - Joint Oral Statement Panel on impact of violence against women human rights defenders and women’s organisations in digital spaces Thank you Chair and distinguished panelists, ISHR, Amnesty International, the Association for Progressive Communications, AWID, FORUM-ASIA and OMCT are pleased to put forward some inputs to this panel on behalf o...

Online violence against women and girls: APC oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session
Online violence against women and girls: APC oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session 20 June 2018

Oral statement delivered under Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, and the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants  UN Human Rights Council 38th Session 20 June 2018 Speaker: Bruna Martins dos Santos Thank you, Mr. President.  The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the re...

We can be heroes: Towards public and legal recognition of online gender-based violence
We can be heroes: Towards public and legal recognition of online gender-based violence 18 June 2018

Online violence, bullying, harassment, theft of identity, and non-consensual circulation of intimate images are now being recognised as offences in most countries, and acknowledged in public discourse as misogyny and attempts to silence women and gender-diverse people (gender non-conforming, gender queer, transgender, non-binary and intersex people, and others) from participation in public life...

HRC38: Eliminating online, digital and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls
HRC38: Eliminating online, digital and ICT-facilitated violence against women and girls 18 June 2018

21 June 2018 from 13:00 to 14:30 Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva Digital technology has the potential to play an important role in advancing gender equality and empowering women and girls. Yet, women’s and girls’ ability to access, use and benefit from the transformative potential of digital technology is increasingly undermined by online, digital and ICT-facilitated violence aga...

Building Blocks of Social Networks
Building Blocks of Social Networks 13 June 2018 Digital Empowerment Foundation

"You are the leaders of social media. People need to know about you and the work you’re doing,” said Osama Manzar, founder-director of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), addressing the finalists and other guests at the fifth annual Social Media for Empowerment (SM4E) Awards. SM4E 2018 was held on 25 May at Eros Hotel in New Delhi. On this occasion, 23 initiatives were announced...

Executive summary: Mapping research in gender and digital technology
Executive summary: Mapping research in gender and digital technology 08 June 2018 Namita Aavriti

Technology, by the wider internet rights and research community, is assumed to be a neutral tool, especially of development. The emerging sub-field of research around gender and digital technology is united in its understanding that gender biases and stereotypes are embedded in technology, and that this reproduces the existing problems around gender parity, gender-based violence, discrimination...

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