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The world is suddenly and radically changed. But this is not the radical change that we as feminists, activists, thinkers and campaigners had hoped for.

At the APC Women’s Rights Programme (WRP) we believe in putting people at the centre and leading with care and responsibility for each other, ourselves and the planet. We work towards imagining and making a feminist internet, and as much as the COVID-19 pandemic has rattled us, disrupted our plans to meet and be together, have conversations, play and dismantle the patriarchy alongside each other (touching!), we still believe that now more than ever it is important to have an internet that is universal and accessible for all, and particularly an internet that it is open, safe and vibrant for women and people of diverse and marginalised gender expressions and sexualities.

We are aware that our relative privilege and economic safety shield us from the worst of the pandemic. As an international organisation that has been working remotely for close to 30 years, we can share some resources on remote working as well as the analysis by APC on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the internet and human rights.

We believe that the existing and ongoing work to bridge inequalities and to demand justice must continue in the face of this pandemic. We have started reflecting on how COVID-19 is affecting our work and activism in 2020, and 2021, and making alternate plans for our different projects. A key factor in our considerations currently is that of the health and well-being of our partners, teammates and the communities that we work with and are part of.

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