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Good-mannered women never make any history, even online
Good-mannered women never make any history, even online 10 January 2020 Francis Monyango

They say good-mannered women never make any history. And I agree. The definition of “good” has from time immemorial been skewed against women. Their dignity has always been latched on them being good and conforming to society’s standards of good women. To give the term “bad-mannered” woman context, the late Wangari Maathai comes to mind. As per society’s standards, she was not a good woman. She protested and disobeyed the then president, Daniel Arap Moi, who wanted to build a part...

Nontsokolo Sigcau of Zenzeleni: "I want to take this community network to other communities, because internet is for everyone"
Nontsokolo Sigcau of Zenzeleni: "I want to take this community network to other communities, because internet is for everyone" 02 January 2020 APCNews

This is the fifth in a series of interviews that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We are documenting their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field. For this interview we spoke with Nontsokolo Sigcau. Nontsokolo Sigcau, better known by those around her as Mama Sigcau, is a representative of Zenzeleni in South Africa for the community networks learning grant initiative implemented through the ...

Marcela Guerra from Coolab, Brazil: "Now women feel safe to explain technology in a context where before they did not even feel safe to ask"
Marcela Guerra from Coolab, Brazil: "Now women feel safe to explain technology in a context where before they did not even feel safe to ask" 12 December 2019 APCNews

This is the fourth in a series of interviews we will be publishing until the end of the year that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We will document their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field. This month we are featuring Marcela Guerra. Marcela is a representative of Coolab in Brazil for the...

Internet freedom is not enough: Cyberfeminists are fighting for a new reality
Internet freedom is not enough: Cyberfeminists are fighting for a new reality 06 December 2019 Ani Phoebe Hao for GenderIT.org

I’m reminded of that then-radical phrase, “Women’s rights are human rights.” When women stood up in Beijing more than 20 years ago, they were daring to speak out about a multiplicity of identities that had until then been all but ignored in human rights language, laws and implementation. Today, feminist movements and organisations have gone far beyond “Women’s rights are human right...

APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Gender and freedom of religion or belief
APC submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief: Gender and freedom of religion or belief 28 November 2019 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) presents this report on the experience and situation of women and lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) persons and communities in relation to the intersection of religion and online spaces, with particular examples from Asia given the pressing nature of the issues in the region. Women and people of diver...

New GenderIT.org edition explores connections between the feminist principles of the internet and community networks
New GenderIT.org edition explores connections between the feminist principles of the internet and community networks 15 November 2019 GenderIT.org

This edition brings back the conversation to its roots. To the essence of the reasons behind our desire to connect ourselves and each other. It sheds light on who the unconnected are and dispels the myth of the underserved as powerless and in need of saving. It brings back power to the endless creative possibilities of communities that seek self-determination. It offers a closer look at the bea...

News about our community network: Portal sem Porteiras
News about our community network: Portal sem Porteiras 01 November 2019 Marcela Guerra and Luisa Bagope for GenderIT.org

M: I am Marcela. L: And I am Luisa. M: We are part of the Portal sem Porteiras or gateless portal... L: ...an association created to formalize our community network L: Today our community network has an infrastructure of 12 nodes, omnidirectional and sectorial radios that connect to a mesh. These points were programmed to communicate with each other thanks to LibreMesh, a software installed to ...

Immaculate Laker from BOSCO Uganda: "I enjoy seeing the lives of the women in rural communities change after connecting to the internet"
Immaculate Laker from BOSCO Uganda: "I enjoy seeing the lives of the women in rural communities change after connecting to the internet" 08 October 2019

This is the third in a series of interviews we will be publishing until the end of the year that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We will document their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field. This month we are featuring Immaculate Laker. Immaculate is a representative of BOSCO Uganda&nb...

Memory Jere from CYD Malawi: Motivating girls and getting them to push further
Memory Jere from CYD Malawi: Motivating girls and getting them to push further 28 August 2019

This is the first in a series of interviews we will be publishing until the end of the year that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We will document their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field. This month we are featuring Memory Jere. Memory is a representative of the Centre for Youth and Deve...

A response to "The age of the feminist influencer"
A response to "The age of the feminist influencer" 16 August 2019 Sheena Magenya for GenderIT.org

Social media feminist influencers play an important role in reminding us offline and institutionalised feminists that the "who" in feminist movement building matters less than the "how". If there is something that we all have to admit, it is the fact that we have always had influencers. Less than 10 years ago we had political, ideological and yes, feminist influencers who too had followers; on ...

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