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New age women: Women and their approach towards internet connectivity in rural India
New age women: Women and their approach towards internet connectivity in rural India 07 November 2019 Sarbani Banerjee Belur and Ritu Srivastava for GenderIT.org

In the fast-changing world that we live in today, our lives are dominated by the internet and connected devices. Technology has revolutionised our lives, bringing about far-reaching changes, impacting society and enabling economic growth. A large part of the global economy is majorly benefited through contributions from the digital economy. However, in the midst of this, women still face challenges and constraints in accessing, using and utilising technologies to enhance their quality of life...

Skin Stories: Disability, sexuality and gender from a South Asian perspective
Skin Stories: Disability, sexuality and gender from a South Asian perspective 17 July 2019 Point of View

Skin Stories, a publication on sexuality, disability and gender housed at Mumbai-based APC member organisation Point of View, is back for a second season with all-new essays, reportage and perspectives from a South Asian context. Launched in 2017, Skin Stories has been known for publishing first-person narratives by people with disabilities, "to bust harmful myths and tell complex stories about disability based on lived experiences," explains managing editor Shreya Ila Anasuya. This new seaso...

Bodies of Evidence: Big data, gender and sexuality
Bodies of Evidence: Big data, gender and sexuality 29 May 2019 APCNews

Award-winning digital imprint Deep Dives is back with a new season of essays. The recently launched new collection, called “Bodies of Evidence”, will feature writings that explore the intersection of big data, bodies, gender and sexuality. An initiative of Mumbai-based non-profit and APC member Point of View, Deep Dives specialises in long-form journalism, personal narrative, art, poetry an...

Expanding the EROTICS network in South Asia
Expanding the EROTICS network in South Asia 21 March 2019

APC launched the Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet (EROTICS) network in 2009 to undertake a research and advocacy project in India, Brazil, Lebanon, South Africa, the United States and Indonesia that looked at internet-related challenges facing LGBTIQ and other sexual rights communities. One of EROTICS' greatest achievements since then has been to bring in new actors from diffe...

Free To Be Mobile: New publication from Point of View
Free To Be Mobile: New publication from Point of View 08 March 2019 Point of View

Point of View, an APC member organisation in India, celebrated International Women's Day on 8 March with the launch of its newest publication, Free To Be Mobile, as part of its mission to ensure that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely – and fearlessly. The introduction begins with the question, "What do we talk about when we talk about technology-enab...

Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia
Challenging hate narratives and violations of freedom of religion and expression online in Asia 18 December 2018

“It all started with a malicious Facebook post. Photographs of venerated figures – two Hindu kings of medieval India, and a recently departed demagogue of a Hindu right-wing political party, were morphed to show them in an apparently ‘derogatory’ manner, and widely circulated over social media. As if on cue, the moment they went viral, hundreds of supporters of far right Hindu organisat...

Hate speech laws in India
Hate speech laws in India 14 May 2018 Centre for Communication Governance

The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University (Delhi) has launched a report on Hate Speech Laws in India. The report maps hate speech laws in India, discusses the legal standards and covers a range of cases, from book bans to internet shutdowns.  This report is an effort to map hate speech laws in India, and attempts to offer a clear overview to anyone interested ...

The right to scream: Research on sexuality, the internet and communication
The right to scream: Research on sexuality, the internet and communication 02 May 2018

This GenderIT.org edition is an exploration of the multiple layers of the relationship between sexuality, rights and sexual expression and the internet. Does it open up new avenues and forums for expression, or does it expose people to more variations of the violence, abuse and harassment that we face onground/offline? And is this even a question to ask, since it is now inevitable that we are a...

APC's subgranting programme benefits 16 members in 2018
APC's subgranting programme benefits 16 members in 2018 28 March 2018

APC’s subgranting programme, now in its third year, has so far awarded a total of USD 291,534 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Seventeen member organisations were recipients of 17 grants, 14 of which are project grants of up to USD 20,000 each, while the other three are research and campaign grants of up to USD 5,000 each. This last category of grants is still open for prop...

Drawing a line between 'vulgarity' and lack of consent: Interview with Point of View
Drawing a line between 'vulgarity' and lack of consent: Interview with Point of View 16 December 2017 Nadika

Obscenity, vulgarity, modesty, culture and tradition: these are the biggest topics of discussion in India. And has been for much of its post-colonial existence. Even as women every day fight to get their rapists brought to justice, and a list of sexual predators in academic circles in the country has split the women’s movement into two (or more), with one older, established group blaming the ...

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