Free To Be Mobile: Ensuring that women, girls, queer and trans persons can inhabit digital spaces freely and fearlessly

Zarah Udwadia and Baldeep Grewal
Point of View

What do we talk about when we talk about technology-enabled violence? We mostly talk about online violence, or violence on the internet. But that's only part of the story. Another part of the story - one we talk or think about much less - goes beyond the online to the digital.

APC member Point of View launches Free To Be Mobile, a publication that features ten stories of teenagers, women, trans and queer persons, and their experiences of digital violence. All ten stories are rooted in gender, which expresses itself in a million different ways - from teenage boys hacking the WhatsApp accounts of teenage girls to trans women constantly facing demands for sex on social media.

Many of these are also tales of resistance, of speaking up, devising strategies where none exist. Of the small steps being taken to change the landscape of digital violence, making it that much easier for women and other marginalised genders to freely - and fearlessly - inhabit digital spaces.

Point of View is a Mumbai-based non-profit that builds and amplifies women’s voices and removes barriers to voice, speech and expression. Tools are media, education, technology and art. Strategies include creating digital resources, publications and campaigns; building skills, capacities and understanding; producing information and knowledge; and advocating with civil society and policy makers. It is a member of the APC network.
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