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What can Ghana do about the harassment faced by women online?
What can Ghana do about the harassment faced by women online? 08 November 2018 Theorose Dzineku for GenderIT.org

Since its introduction in Ghana in 1993, the internet has provided numerous opportunities to Ghanaians, including the ability to create networks, share information, as well as communicate. Today, Ghana boasts about 10 million internet users and ranks 28th out of 55 countries on the continent in terms of internet penetration. Despite the many advantages the internet has brought to the citizenry, it has turned to serve as a double-edged sword by posing threats and risks such as harassment to th...

The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA
The battle for sex worker's rights online: Proposed SESTA-FOSTA law in USA 01 November 2018 Azia Keever for GenderIT.org

An unexpected duo, tech bros and sex workers, banded together in February in opposition to two bills meant to curb online sex trafficking. Despite their efforts, the bills, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), were incorporated into a conglomeration of the two, called the FOSTA-SESTA package. With a bipartisan approval of 388-25 in the House of Representatives and 97-2 in the Senate, the bill is now on its way to P...

Inclusion, mobility and connection: Diverse uses of mobile phones for women with disability
Inclusion, mobility and connection: Diverse uses of mobile phones for women with disability 26 October 2018 Srinidhi Raghavan for GenderIT.org

Each time I switched on the Netflix app on my phone, I activated the subtitles. They allowed me to focus on the screen and the show on hand during any periods of brain fog or anxious moments. The closed captioning was an added bonus for me. We know that subtitles and closed captioning are ways to make the content accessible to deaf and hard of hearing persons. But they are also useful for many ...

Shaping the internet we want: Gender perspectives on FIFAfrica 2018
Shaping the internet we want: Gender perspectives on FIFAfrica 2018 24 October 2018 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

Since 2014, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), a Ugandan-based think tank, has being convening the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) in collaboration with other partners. This year, in collaboration with the Media Foundation for West Africa (MWFA), participants from different parts of the continent and beyond were brought together ...

Make your own hero
Make your own hero 24 October 2018 Eloisa Diez for GenderIT.org

Let's think of the Take Back The Tech! (TBTT) camp in Nepal. About 50 feminists from different parts of the world: many ideas, experiences and emotions boiling, bouncing and growing in this effervescent environment. The facilitators invite us to an open space: sheets and markers are handed out so that whoever wants to can propose a workshop. The list of workshops is long and interesting, but th...

Fixing the glitch
Fixing the glitch 24 October 2018 Seyi Akiwowo for GenderIT.org

For the past few years, I've committed to doing the conventional New Year's resolution on my birthday rather than on 1 January. My resolutions or “intentions” so far have been reflective and inward-looking rather than about the external. For instance, finding more peace, being more focused, and this year it is self-love, also known as self-care. So it was a pleasant coincidence to fly out t...

Getting woke about getting laid: A HOLAAfrica sex-positive experience
Getting woke about getting laid: A HOLAAfrica sex-positive experience 18 October 2018 Tiffany Kagure Mugo for GenderIT.org

Sex is f**king serious. This (punny) statement has some truth in it and also a great deal of myth. Societal conversations around sex usually centre around the fact that it is some taboo dark powerful force not to be toyed with outside the confines of commitment or something that we simply cannot engage in without giggling like pre-teens looking through an adult magazine. The balance in engaging...

The politics of self-care and feminism
The politics of self-care and feminism 18 October 2018 Sharanya Sekaram for GenderIT.org

I realised quickly after my first burnout that one part of self-care for myself needed to include staying away social media, email and the internet. To refresh. I didn’t understand it as an act of self-care at the time, and it certainly wasn’t the buzzword it has become today. I just knew that the simple act of unplugging myself for a day did wonders for my mental, emotional and psychologic...

Rejecting victimhood: The online speak-out campaign in Kerala against harassment
Rejecting victimhood: The online speak-out campaign in Kerala against harassment 13 October 2018 Praveena Thaali for GenderIT.org

This is an attempt to narrate the speak-out movement led by the Dalit-Bahujan women in Kerala. It is a social media-based (particularly through Facebook) campaign, that is still ongoing in Kerala, to narrativise the experiences of sexual harassment faced by Dalit-Bahujan women. These attacks had happened in their work place, within friends’ circles and political spaces. Surprisingly, the wome...

Keywords of the internet: The fraying edges of algorithmic production
Keywords of the internet: The fraying edges of algorithmic production 13 October 2018 Nadège for GenderIT.org

Since the beginning of time, formulas, potions, rituals and prayers, stories and musical notes have tried to grasp the vastness of life. Each one of us depicts our own world, trying to find meaning, day after day. Amidst an overwhelming ocean of stimuli, we barely filter some micro-drops that we begin to relate to as events. We categorise, attribute emotions, judge, make decisions... According ...

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