Women's Rights Programme

The Women’s Rights Programme (WRP) works to strengthen the capacity of diverse women’s movements to have the confidence, skills and resources to influence the usage, development and decision-making of the internet. This is so that they are able to engage with it as a political space to challenge discriminatory norms, structures and practices, amplify their work for women’s rights and gender justice and respond to the barriers, that prevent them from benefiting from information and communication technologies (ICTs). Our work stems from recognition of the enormous potential of ICTs to strengthen social, political, cultural and economic development, and to advance the human rights of women and girls. WRP is uniquely located within both the internet rights and women's rights movements.

GenderIT.org policy monitor
GenderIT.org policy monitor 10 November 2019

GenderIT.org, a bilingual project of APC's Women's Rights Programme, is a feminist advocacy space that explores issues related to gender and information and communications technologies.

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

As a continuation of the previous work to deepen the EROTICS network in Asia, this two-year project will expand the network of sexual rights and digital rights activists from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal and include new partners in Bangladesh, as well as strengthening the network with partners in Malaysia and Indonesia.

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 APC, funded by the International Development Research Centre. The project draws on the study “Mapping research in gender and digital technology”, and the Feminist Principles of the Internet collectively crafted by feminists and activists, primarily located in the glo...

Universal Periodic Review
Universal Periodic Review 02 July 2018

In partnership with members and networks, APC’s Internet Rights programme advocates for the protection, promotion and respect of human rights at the national level through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council involving a review of the human rights records of all UN member states.

All Women Count: Take Back the Tech!
All Women Count: Take Back the Tech! 04 September 2017

All Women Count: Take Back the Tech! is a four-year project from 2017 to 2020 being coordinated by APC’s Women's Rights Programme under the All Women Count consortium. The consortium’s concern is violence against women, in particular violence experienced by women, girls and trans* people at risk. 

Building feminist cross-movement collaboration and action on internet and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean
Building feminist cross-movement collaboration and action on internet and human rights in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean 13 May 2016

This project aims to build awareness and collaborative action on internet policy and regulation among activists in the global South by securing human rights in internet policy and regulation in Africa, and integrating a feminist and gender justice agenda in internet governance debates and processes.

Building EROTICS Networks in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka
Building EROTICS Networks in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka 25 April 2016

Building on a strong pre-existing coalition, this project will strengthen the participation of an already participating country (India, with active network member Point of View), and bring in new actors from two new countries:  Sri Lanka, with Women and Media Collective, and Nepal, with LOOM.

World Summit on the Information Society
World Summit on the Information Society 19 August 2015

On 15-16 December 2015, the UN General Assembly held the 10-year review to “take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the WSIS and address potential information and communications technology gaps.” Just as WSIS sought to address pressing internet issues of the day, WSIS+10 addressed the challenges facing today’s global community.

Gender and Internet Governance eXchange
Gender and Internet Governance eXchange 15 June 2015

APC believes that the integration of a gender, women’s rights and sexual rights perspective into internet governance conversations and processes is essential if the internet is to fulfil its transformational potential for all. Contributing to this vision, between June and September 2015, we held three regional Gender and Internet Governance eXchanges (gigX) prior to the regional Internet Gove...

Sexual rights
Sexual rights 06 April 2015

This project builds from the learnings and recommendations of the APC initiative EROTICS: An exploratory research project into sexuality and the internet developed in two phases with partners from Brazil, Lebanon, India, Indonesia, South Africa and the USA. The Sexual Rights Project also builds on the work that APC has developed since 2010 through the project Internet Rights Are Human Rights ...

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