LGBT rights

Statement at HRC draws attention to draconian and discriminatory measures in Sri Lanka
Statement at HRC draws attention to draconian and discriminatory measures in Sri Lanka 11 July 2019 APC and Women and Media Collective

Speaker: Gayatri Khandhadai Thank you, Madam Vice President. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Women and Media Collective draw the attention of this Council to the situation in Sri Lanka. Since the bombings on 21 April, the country has been under a state of emergency, where the police and the security forces have sweeping powers to search and detain citizens. The president imposed a partial internet shutdown in the weeks following the bombings, which was detrimental...

Why is it good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality?
Why is it good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality? 19 June 2019 GenderIT.org

It is awfully painful to read online trolling, threats, hateful and dehumanising comments, and insults on Twitter against the queer Ethiopian community. Yet, I can’t help feeling that there are opportunities that arise from the explosion of support in spite of the extreme hatred on social media platforms. It started when religious groups, particularly the Ethiopian Orthodox church, protested against the Toto Tour plan to visit Ethiopia. According to BBC news, “Toto Tours describes itself ...

Meltdown of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others
Meltdown of protections for data and privacy in Tanzania for LGBTQIA and others 15 November 2018 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

Data and privacy are especially important in the context of the anti-gay clampdown in Tanzania. Currently, the digital world and the governments of most countries are setting up measures to ensure data is protected while most African countries are still at the stage that views the internet as a revolutionary weapon. In relation to gender as well, there are policies yet to be implemented, polici...

Gender, culture and internet governance: A “cat among the pigeons” moment at AfriSIG 2018
Gender, culture and internet governance: A “cat among the pigeons” moment at AfriSIG 2018 23 October 2018 Sheena Gimase Magenya

No matter how many times I sit in a space that is reflecting on, learning from or critiquing issues around gender, I am always both pleased and flummoxed by the range of perspectives in the room, with some people gasping at the idea that gender is and always has been a spectrum and other people strongly affirming the importance of LGBTIQA  inclusion in all spaces including, in this case, o...

Sexuality and the internet: Findings from the global survey (2017)
Sexuality and the internet: Findings from the global survey (2017) 10 February 2018 Bruno Zilli and Horacio Sivori

At three different times over the past four years, the EROTICS project: An Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet, by the APC Women’s Rights Programme, sent out a questionnaire to its worldwide network of gender and sexuality activists, advocates, professionals and scholars, to learn about the role of information and communication technologies in their work. The survey was particu...

HRC29: Joint statement by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the International Lesbian and Gay Association and the Association for Progressive Communications
HRC29: Joint statement by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the International Lesbian and Gay Association and the Association for Progressive Communications 17 June 2015

At HRC29, on 17 June 2015. Photo by Shawna Finnegan. At the Human Rights Council, APC together with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the International Lesbian and Gay Association delivered a joint statement highlighting the importance of encryption and anonymity for people who face discrimination and persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity....

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