AWID International Forum in Brazil will explore how feminists engage with the internet

Brazil, 25 August 2016

Feminism – in all of its diversity and creativity – will be at the heart of engagement with technology from 8 to 11 September in Costa do Saruípe, Brazil. The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme will be actively engaged at the 13th AWID International Forum on “Feminist futures: Building collective power for rights and justice”, bringing together activists, researchers and techies to work on advancing a feminist internet.

As part of the movement towards a feminist internet, APC will host several sessions, including a plenary on Co-creating new futures, breakout sessions, and the pre-event Imagine a Feminist Internet, where we will explore the Feminist Principles of the Internet (FPIs), using case studies to make real why engaging with the politics of the internet as feminists is critical. The recently launched new version of the principles, first developed in 2014, are a core framing document of how a feminist internet is collectively imagined and proposed.

The Feminist Internet eXchange Hub, organised by APC in partnership with AWID, opens up a space to collectively respond to this question: How are feminists engaging with the internet politically and personally? “What started out as a useful tool to support our activism is now a critical part of our organising,” the organisers explain. “The internet must also be part of our political agenda.”

At the Feminist Internet eXchange Hub participants will be able to engage with:

  • Ideas Adapt: A comfortable space to hang out and get inspired by the diversity of work and thinking connecting feminism and technology, made up by lightning talks and a marketplace of ideas to showcase innovative, insightful and thought-provoking initiatives and approaches to technology.
  • Femhack Lab: An open and creative kitchen where you can unpack and exchange skills on strategic and creative communications; hack/disrupt patriarchal power structures embedded in technology; and mesh-up culture, technology and activism.

Feminist Internet eXchange Hub sessions:

Organised by the APC Women’s Rights Programme in partnership with AWID, and in collaboration with Luchadoras TV, One World Platform, Palabra Radio, Coding Rights and Global Fund for Women.

DAY 1 – 8 September


  • 11:30 – 12:00 Intelligent social media data: How to secure data online – S.K.I.R.T.S
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Hackfeminist self-defence and free digital ecosystems – Kéfir and Laboratorio de Interconectividades
  • 12:30 – 13:00 Safer nudes – Coding Rights
  • 14:30 – 16:00 Using video tech to empower women’s rights – WITNESS
  • 16:30 – 18:00 ICT against VAW and girls – Si Jeunesse Savait


  • 11:30 – 13:00 Collaborative radio – Palabra Radio
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Models for movement building/skill sharing networks online and offline – RAD
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Where on the internet is your knowledge? – Whose Knowledge

DAY 2 – 9 September


  • 11:30 – 12:00, presentation of a new digital tool for feminist organising – Manifiesta
  • 12:30 – 13:00 Web TV amplifying women warriors – Luchadoras
  • 14:30 – 16:00 Creative disruption: Women and girls take on tech – Global Fund for Women
  • 16:30 – 17:00 DatNav, a new guide for human rights and digital data – Engine Room
  • 17:00 – 17:30 FTX: Safety Reboot and mobiles – Association for Progressive Communications


  • 11:30 – 13:00 Teaching participatory video: A hands-on workshop in using cellphilms for sexual rights advocacy – Nelson Mandela University
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Coming back to tech: How do you come back to using tech after facing something traumatic or violence? – Tactical Technology Collective
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Tracking your period: Data economy and the risks for privacy and security of (very) personal data – Coding Rights
  • 17:00 – 17:30, a hands-on exploration of a new digital tool for feminist organising – Manifiesta

DAY 3 – 10 September


  • 11:30 – 12:00 Online violence, gender and anonymity in Latin America: Launching of Antigivilancia newsletter 14th edition – Coding Rights
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Tech2Empower – Wake International
  • 12:30 – 13:00 Women’s stories and storytelling to transform women’s perspectives towards femininity – Minas Program
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Compartiendo conocimiento feminista en Wikipedia – WikiMujeres
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Models for movement building/skill sharing networks online and offline – RAD
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Presentation of the bulletin on Sexuality, SRHR and the internet – Tactical Technology Collective and ARROW


  • 11:30 – 13:00 Storytelling e engajamento social – Parafuso Educomunicação
  • 14:30 – 16:00 Estratégias de resistência para o ativismo digital feminista – F3mhack/MariaLab/Escola de Ativismo
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Tools for movement builders: ICT toolkit and We Rise – Just Associates
  • 17:00 – 18:00 Wikipedia feminista: Writing women’s rights issues into Wikipedia – WikiMujeres

A feminist internet works towards empowering more women and queer persons

“A feminist internet works towards empowering more women and queer persons – in all our diversities – to fully enjoy our rights, engage in pleasure and play, and dismantle patriarchy. This integrates our different realities, contexts and specificities – including age, disabilities, sexualities, gender identities and expressions, socioeconomic locations, political and religious beliefs, ethnic origins, and racial markers,” reads the preamble of the FPIs.

As technology developments increasingly impact rights and social justice, it becomes imperative to build alliances with movements calling for a free and open internet, unconditional access, freedom of expression, and the right to holistic safety, including online. In a context of increasing surveillance and censorship, engaging with these issues is crucial for media and journalists, especially female journalists.

  • Do you want to cover APC’s activities at the Forum, or conduct interviews with participants? Please contact
  • Check the hashtag directory here
  • Check out the AWID Forum resources section to find strategic materials related to the forum components.

About the 13th AWID International Forum

The AWID Forum takes places every three to four years in different regions of the world each time, where participants examine the current reality to locate the opportunities and threats for advancing the rights of women and other oppressed people, and build collective analysis and strategies to tackle key issues in an intersectional manner.

At this 13th edition of the Forum, 2,000 participants from a broad diversity of movements and sectors will collectively strategise for feminist futures: from women’s rights and feminist movements (including special attention to Brazilian women’s rights activists), to peace, economic justice, environmental, and human rights movements, among others.

Traditionally underrepresented or marginalised communities will have a strong presence at the Forum, including young feminist activists; Black and Afro-descendant women; Indigenous women; sex workers; women with disabilities; trans* and intersex activists; and migrant activists.

About the Association for Progressive Communications

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is an international network and non-profit organisation founded in 1990 that wants everyone to have access to a free and open internet to improve lives and create a more just world.

Media contact

Flavia Fascendini
Communications Manager
Tel: + 55 02477 640312

« Go back