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Special Rapporteur on violence against women calls to prioritise online violence against women
Special Rapporteur on violence against women calls to prioritise online violence against women 15 July 2016 Flavia Fascendini

The new Special Rapporteur on violence against women- Dubravka Šimonović presented her first report to the Human Rights Council in their 32nd session. In her first report and in the thematic priorities for her mandate, Šimonović includes “online violence against women as a new challenge”. The Special Rapporteur informs that “while the use of information and communications technology has contributed to the empowerment of women and girls, its use has also generated online violence.”...

Threats on her phone and footsteps behind her back
Threats on her phone and footsteps behind her back 25 November 2015 Flavia Fascendini

Nina finished her work day at the high-fashion clothing store in the biggest shopping mall in Sarajevo, after tagging the new clothes they had received that morning and placing them on the bright red shelves. She said goodbye to the rest of the staff remaining, and left for home. While walking, she thought Sarajevo looked more beautiful than in her teenage days, long before the whole nightmare with her former partner began. She sighed, remembering everything she had to go through to get out o...

AWID and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition are re-launching “Our right to safety: Women human rights defenders' holistic approach to protection”
AWID and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition are re-launching “Our right to safety: Women human rights defenders' holistic approach to protection” 10 December 2014 AWID and WHRD IC

This publication provides a reflection on the complex situations of women defenders who face threats and violations as a result of their work defending human rights. The investigation asserts that both the violence experienced by women human rights defenders, as well as the impact that such aggressions have on their lives and activism, makes it necessary to adopt protection mechanisms that addr...

EROTICS Global Survey 2013-2014: Sexual rights and the impact of regulatory frameworks and control mechanisms
EROTICS Global Survey 2013-2014: Sexual rights and the impact of regulatory frameworks and control mechanisms 24 October 2014 Horacio Sívori and Bruno Zilli

The EROTICS project looks at the impact of regulatory frameworks and control mechanisms on the actual lived practices, experiences and concerns of internet users in the exercise of their sexual rights. The EROTICS case studies showed that while increasing online activity exposes users to certain risks and threats, individuals and collectives are successful in developing means of self-protection...

Never mind the nipples: Sex, gender and social media
Never mind the nipples: Sex, gender and social media 16 September 2014 Bishakha Datta

This article is based on the speech given by Bishakha Datta at the Disco-Tech event organised by APC that took place at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum in Turkey. Five snippets from three months. In August, Indian actress Poonam Pandey dons a bikini for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and posts a video of it on Facebook. Facebook’s reaction? Ban the page, which is followed by 2.1 million peop...

New GenderIT.org edition on gender, sexuality and the internet
New GenderIT.org edition on gender, sexuality and the internet 29 August 2014 Flavia Fascendini

Most of the material featured in this edition draws on the debates that took place during the Global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet in Port Dickson, Malaysia, and takes them further. We proudly introduce the evolving Feminist Principles of the Internet drafted with the participation of many activists, and the first research outputs from the “End violence: Women’s rights and s...

Coming of (digital) age: How African feminists are using the internet to change women's lives
Coming of (digital) age: How African feminists are using the internet to change women's lives 05 May 2014 Minna Salami

In this article, Minna Salami argues that while the digital wave is marked by more diversity than previous feminist waves, it is nevertheless predominantly the ways that white/western feminists challenge patriarchal structures using the internet that has garnered attention. Salami challenges this general trend by sharing a few examples of how African feminists are using the internet to change s...

Five principles for a feminist approach to technology
Five principles for a feminist approach to technology 14 March 2013 Richa Kaul Padte

When most people think about women and technology, the two things may seem incongruent: a cartoon visualisation of a woman struggling to use the toaster; a joke about women drivers; female executives calling in ‘the IT guys’ to fix their computers. At best, the relationship of women to technology is seen as one-sided – something that men have created and continue to shape, and that women ...

Feminist Talk @ AWID: Thinking about gender and technology
Feminist Talk @ AWID: Thinking about gender and technology 20 April 2012 Nyx McLean

I am sitting at AWID in Istanbul and digesting the first day, as well as the Feminist Tech Exchange which happened the day before. I am also getting used to the Turkish keyboard which is limiting my punctuation use. I have been distracted the past two days by what is happening back home in South Africa around the rape video. I will not describe it in-depth but simply state… Read the full arti...

Feminist Talk @ AWID: Filtered by the state, inspired by Gita Sen
Feminist Talk @ AWID: Filtered by the state, inspired by Gita Sen 20 April 2012 Vale

The convention center is big, enormous, 2500 women from all over the world to attend the 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development. It’s my first AWID, usually I avoid these overwhelming conventions but this time I couldn’t say no. Erika from APC contacted me and proposed to apply for the session on the internet and the challenge of privacy. The proposal has been acce...

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