Feminist Principles of the Internet

Reporting back from Decolonizing the Internet 2018
Reporting back from Decolonizing the Internet 2018 23 November 2018 Claudia Pozo for Whose Knowledge?

This July, nearly 100 people gathered to share a two-day space in Cape Town, in a quest to discuss and strategise around decolonisation, knowledge and the internet. From techies to artists, our Decolonizing the Internet conference brought together a wide array of people from 28 different countries, all of whom care deeply about the politics of knowledge production and internet governance. A majority of participants were women, transgender or non-binary, people of colour, and from th...

Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance: Emerging issues on sexuality and diversity
Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance: Emerging issues on sexuality and diversity 16 November 2018 Maja Romano for APCNews

The Dynamic Coalition on Gender and Internet Governance was a unique panel at the 2018 IGF, not only because it was one of the few to have full focus on gender rights, but also because it was a participatory session with presentations from panellists and also engagement by the majority of audience members present. With the intent “to look at some of the emerging issues at the intersection of gender and internet governance and the cyberspace,” this Dynamic Coalition (DC), organised by APC ...

FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network
FIRN: Feminist Internet Research Network 15 November 2018

  The Feminist Internet Research Network is a three-and-a-half-year collaborative and multidisciplinary research project led by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).   The project draws on the study “Mapping research in gender and digital technology” carried out by APC and commissioned by IDRC, an...

Focusing on the SDGs: “We have to really think about including all genders and marginalised genders in this conversation”
Focusing on the SDGs: “We have to really think about including all genders and marginalised genders in this conversation” 14 November 2018 Flavia Fascendini for APCNews

“Technologies have the potential to act as catalysts for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and help advance all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and constituent targets. At the same time, rapid technological change poses new challenges and can have unintended consequences,” stated co-moderator Nadia Tjahja from the Youth Coalition on Internet Governance during the openin...

Gender, culture and internet governance: A “cat among the pigeons” moment at AfriSIG 2018
Gender, culture and internet governance: A “cat among the pigeons” moment at AfriSIG 2018 23 October 2018 Sheena Gimase Magenya

No matter how many times I sit in a space that is reflecting on, learning from or critiquing issues around gender, I am always both pleased and flummoxed by the range of perspectives in the room, with some people gasping at the idea that gender is and always has been a spectrum and other people strongly affirming the importance of LGBTIQA  inclusion in all spaces including, in this case, o...

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...

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 Right...

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...

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