Gender and ICTs

Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017)
Action Steps: A decade of civil society advocacy in the information society - A baseline review of the Global Information Society Watch country reports (2007-2017) 06 August 2018 Alan Finlay

The purpose of this review was to look back over the past decade of country reports published in Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) and attempt to identify trends in civil society perspectives on what needed to be done to create a people-centred information society. The period for analysis was, more accurately, just over a decade: 2007-2017, during which a GISWatch report was produced each year – a total of 11 reports. Over this period, 510 country reports covering 97 countries wer...

Gender and community networks: Building a movement around community networks and gender equality
Gender and community networks: Building a movement around community networks and gender equality 02 August 2018 Nic Bidwell and Kathleen Diga

The international consultation spaces are being used to advocate and push for complementary approaches to internet provision to the dominant paradigm of mobile operators meeting this need. Community networks (CNs) are being rationalised and grouped as the latest of social movements, where a group of committed institutions and individuals are collectively working towards alternative telecom mechanisms from the ground-up. The communities themselves will meet their communications (voice, intrane...

Collective power at the UN: Women activists demand to be heard
Collective power at the UN: Women activists demand to be heard 26 July 2018

Twenty years after the United Nations adopted the Resolution on Human Rights Defenders and five years after the Resolution on Women Human Rights Defenders, 32 women activists and human rights defenders have gathered to mark the anniversary. From indigenous leaders protecting their land to women of colour organising for racial justice, activists from 18 different countri...

HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges
HRC38: Valuable outcomes and advances around internet rights, despite challenges 25 July 2018 Deborah Brown, with collaboration from Sidra Rizvi

The 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) wrapped up earlier this month, with the adoption of 20 resolutions including quite a few touching on key internet-related human rights issues. This session of the UN HRC reflects growth in the Council’s understanding of the scope of internet-related human rights and the outcomes were valuable overall and will contribute to the advancement ...

Gendering Self-Censorship: Women Journalists and the Double Bind
Gendering Self-Censorship: Women Journalists and the Double Bind 18 July 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

Women, no matter which region, field or context they are in, are no strangers to self-censorship. The social constructs of "good women" globally encourage submissive, compromising behaviour from women, and self-censorship, especially in matters of importance, is generally encouraged. Pakistani women are no different. Censoring themselves, especially if their opinions are dissenting from th...

Joint statement: Major gains on women's and girls' rights at the Human Rights Council 38th session
Joint statement: Major gains on women's and girls' rights at the Human Rights Council 38th session 10 July 2018 The Center for Reproductive Rights, the Sexual Rights Initiative, the Association for Progressive Communications, the International Service for Human Rights, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, the World Young Women Christian Association

The Center for Reproductive Rights, the Sexual Rights Initiative, the Association for Progressive Communications, the International Service for Human Rights, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education and the World Young Women's Christian Association welcome the major gains on women’s and girls’ rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights at the 38th session of the Human Right...

Human Rights Council 38th session: Joint end of session statement
Human Rights Council 38th session: Joint end of session statement 06 July 2018 Various

Joint Statement by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project), Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Lesbian...

Views and perspectives on gender rights online for the global South: “Redefining rights for a gender-inclusive networked future”
Views and perspectives on gender rights online for the global South: “Redefining rights for a gender-inclusive networked future” 06 July 2018 Amrita Choudhury and Nadira Al-Araj

The internet today has been recognized as one of the key enablers to bridge the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots"; empowering women, indigenous population and ethnic minorities. While the number of internet users has been growing significantly, yet significant discrepancies on who can actually access and benefit from it has been observed. In fact, there is a significant differenc...

Measuring the digital divide: Why we should be using a women-centred analysis
Measuring the digital divide: Why we should be using a women-centred analysis 04 July 2018 Nic Bidwell

Targeting "the gap" between women and men in access to the internet is fundamental in reaching the goal of access for all. In an article for the Alliance for Affordable internet, the Web Foundation argues that the indicator of this gap should be calculated relative to a women-centred reference when the intention is to focus on the disparity and disadvantages faced by women. Gender internet...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 7
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 7 27 June 2018

Welcome to the seventh monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved If you are interested in being part of a movement for more transparency in the telecom sector through open data policies and practice, please join the discussion forum at Open Telecom Data. Read more in the discussion piece by Steve Song here and a follow-up podcast interview here.&...

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