Gender and ICTs

Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender digital divides
Kondoa Community Network: Breaking gender digital divides 21 August 2019 Rebecca Ryakitimbo for GenderIT.org

With growing populations, decentralisation of opportunities is important, and the internet is a crucial way to achieve it for both urban and rural communities. In order to bridge the digital divide(s), gender should be at the core of the development circle to ensure equal access to services and opportunities. In Tanzania, slightly over 23 million people are internet users, which is an internet penetration of 43%, with 86% of them accessing the internet via mobile phones. Governments are movin...

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 listservs and mailing lists and academic journals where their ideas held what they thought were the ...

Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa
Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa 12 August 2019

Online spaces and digital technologies have emerged as a critical and influential site for feminist activism and organising in Africa. From trending hashtags such as #BringBackOurGirls in Nigeria and #TotalShutdown in South Africa, to WhatsApp and Signal groups in countries across the region where feminists, activists and LGBTIQ people gather to share, plan and commune, digital technologies hav...

The internet as we see it: Gendered perceptions from Pakistan
The internet as we see it: Gendered perceptions from Pakistan 09 August 2019 Amel Ghani and Sadaf Khan

The general understanding in Pakistan is that there are differences between the ways men and women access and use the internet. These ideas come from the patriarchal nature of our society and the perceptions that exist in relation to men and women. This study aims to understand the internet perceptions of Pakistani users specifically from the lens of gender. The idea is to explore how men and w...

How do gender and technology intersect in Pakistan?
How do gender and technology intersect in Pakistan? 09 August 2019 APCNews

The intersection of gender and technology in Pakistan is the focus of the latest instalment of the SheConnects series by Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD), an APC member organisation in Pakistan. The series, which is a the result of an APC small grant, is part of MMfD’s Digital Rights Monitor. It includes 12 feature articles that cover issues from threats to female journalists online, love a...

Non-consensual dissemination of intimate images and unfair laws: Ugandan women caught in between
Non-consensual dissemination of intimate images and unfair laws: Ugandan women caught in between 30 July 2019 Nyamishana Prudence

Non-consensual dissemination of intimate images is quickly becoming one of the major challenges that women in Uganda online have to overcome. The women that are targeted are women of influence  – musicians, models, journalists, bloggers and women with online influence. Women in Uganda find themselves in a position where they have nowhere to turn; they are caught between a rock and a hard...

Visibility and secrecy: Data protection, privacy and gender in Pakistan
Visibility and secrecy: Data protection, privacy and gender in Pakistan 18 July 2019 Bianca Baldo for GenderIT.org

Does technological progress support or hinder the human rights of women and gender diverse people? And what about their privacy rights? On the one hand, the right to privacy protects online spaces where people can securely navigate their sexual and gender identity. Yet, on the other hand, privacy has historically been considered a tool to control sexuality and gender identities by patriarc...

Skin Stories: Disability, sexuality and gender from a South Asian perspective
Skin Stories: Disability, sexuality and gender from a South Asian perspective 17 July 2019 Point of View

Skin Stories, a publication on sexuality, disability and gender housed at Mumbai-based APC member organisation Point of View, is back for a second season with all-new essays, reportage and perspectives from a South Asian context. Launched in 2017, Skin Stories has been known for publishing first-person narratives by people with disabilities, "to bust harmful myths and tell complex stories about...

End of session statement presented at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council
End of session statement presented at the 41st session of the Human Rights Council 12 July 2019 Various

Speaker: Salma El Hosseiny By renewing the mandate of the Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), the Council has sent a clear message that violence and discrimination against people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities cannot be tolerated. It reaffirmed that specific, sustained and systematic attention is needed to address these human rights violati...

Feminist leadership transition in APC's Women's Rights Programme
Feminist leadership transition in APC's Women's Rights Programme 03 July 2019 APCNews

Two of APC’s long-time staff and women’s rights leaders are leaving APC’s Women’s Rights Programme (WRP) as of 1 July. Jac sm Kee joined APC in 2005 and has been the APC WRP manager since 2013. Dafne Sabanes Plou is the coordinator for Latin America and has been with APC WRP for more than 14 years. With this transition, a leadership team will take over the coordination of the programme,...

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