Gender and ICTs

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 28
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 28 27 August 2020

Welcome to the 28th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

The digital rights movement needs to be deliberately inclusive
The digital rights movement needs to be deliberately inclusive 26 August 2020 Nyx McLean for GenderIT.org

We often speak of, and understand, technology to be embedded in socio-political contexts, and imbued with a number of power struggles and their violences. What we do not speak of is how we as the movement are also caught up in these contexts and struggles.

Who is your global South feminism serving?
Who is your global South feminism serving? 21 August 2020 Fungai Machirori for GenderIT.org

In this article, Zimbabwean feminist researcher and writer Fungai Machirori challenges the idea of "the global South" as a homogenous space.

WOUGNET at RightsCon: Not "revenge porn" - Non-consensual sharing of intimate imagery in Uganda
WOUGNET at RightsCon: Not "revenge porn" - Non-consensual sharing of intimate imagery in Uganda 20 August 2020 Peace Oliver Amuge, WOUGNET

During RightsCon 2020, the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET)hosted a session on non-consensual sharing of intimate images (NCII), a form of online violence that is on the rise in Uganda and other sub-Saharan African countries, commonly referred to as “revenge porn”.

Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with women journalists and calls for an end to all kinds of online violence
Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with women journalists and calls for an end to all kinds of online violence 20 August 2020 Media Matters for Democracy

Media Matters for Democracy expresses solidarity with the women journalists who have called out online violence they face on social media platforms. A statement released by a group of women journalists on 12 August highlights a culture of hateful speech, incitement, harassment and doxxing.

Gender and the virtual workplace during COVID-19
Gender and the virtual workplace during COVID-19 18 August 2020 Kathleen Foley for GenderIT.org

How does working online change and challenge gender dynamics in the workplace? Here we learn more through the experience of a barrister about how some of the changes brought about by COVID-19 could potentially be liberating and eventually change the workplace to make it better for women.

Alternate realities, alternate internets: African feminist research for a feminist internet
Alternate realities, alternate internets: African feminist research for a feminist internet 18 August 2020 Neema Iyer, Bonnita Nyamwire and Sandra Nabulega

Discriminatory gendered practices are shaped by social, economic, cultural and political structures in the physical world and are similarly reproduced online across digital platforms. This report presents research into the online lived experiences of women in five countries across Africa.

Machín 2 machín: A critical feminist and psychosocial perspective on new digital networks (2)
Machín 2 machín: A critical feminist and psychosocial perspective on new digital networks (2) 14 August 2020 Loreto Bravo Muñoz and Peter Bloom for GenderIT.org

In the second part of their article, Loreto Bravo and Peter Bloom alert us to the dangers of a romanticisation of technologies and develop a psychosocial and feminist approach as a tool to face the new wave of hyperconnectivity that is announced with 5G.

Making a Feminist Internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa
Making a Feminist Internet: Movement building in a digital age in Africa 13 August 2020 Christy Zinn and Gorata Chengeta

The MFI Africa convening was made up of multiple facets of connection and conversation between a participant group of African feminists, diverse in geographical origin and field of work. This report presents a perspective of those conversations, drawn from materials created throughout the meeting.

Precarious future for returnees coming back to Manipur
Precarious future for returnees coming back to Manipur 13 August 2020 Ninglun Hanghal for GenderIT.org

More than 45,000 people have registered to return to their home state Manipur, and many are women nurses who faced discrimination and harassment while they were doing their jobs in mainland India. Returnees now face a precarious future regarding where they live, their jobs and their future.

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