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.

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 the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).   The project draws on the study “Mapping research in gender and digital technology” carried out by APC and commissioned by IDRC, and the Feminist Principles of the Internet (FPIs) collectively crafted by feminists and activists, pr...

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. With our members and partners, APC has submitted stakeholder reports in 16 countries on internet-related violations of freedom of expression and opinion, pri...

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 (WRP) under the All Women Count consortium. Funded through the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the consortium is led by Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), with APC, UHAI EASHRI, Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) as co-implementing...

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

Building an internet rights movement in the global South The internet rights discourse has always been characterised by a relatively narrow civil and political rights orientation. It has not included many rights-related issues which are important for developing country actors, be they from government, social movements or civil society. Nor has it been influenced much by those for whom the inter...

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

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 LGBT and other sexual rights communities. The EROTICS network has achieved several milesto...

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

The two-stage World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place in 2003 (the Geneva phase) and 2005 (the Tunis phase). It was convened upon the recognition that there was “an urgent need to harness the potential of knowledge and technology for promoting the goals of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.” WSIS started out as a primarily development-focused process. The Geneva ph...

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 Gov...

Sexual rights
Sexual rights 06 April 2015

“On the one hand, the internet activists are not fully aware of sexual rights. On the other hand, those who are working on the issue of sexual rights are not knowledgeable on the issue of internet governance." (Syaldi Sahude, ICT and Rights to Internet Activists, Aliansi laki-laki baru/New Men Alliance) Restricting free expression, free association and the free flow of information on the inte...

Human Rights Council
Human Rights Council 04 October 2013

APC participates at the UN Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental body responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. As part of a growing network of civil society, APC engages in the Council to raise awareness and build support for internet rights. Our participation includes the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique process coordinated by t...

Holding governments accountable for gender-based violence in Cambodia
Holding governments accountable for gender-based violence in Cambodia 06 September 2012

Gender-based violence, specifically violence against women (VAW) is one of the leading causes of death of women between the ages of 19 and 44 globally. This figure is generally higher in countries where women’s rights are not sufficiently guaranteed or respected. International instruments have set out governments’ obligations to prevent and respond to VAW. Many countries enacted special leg...

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