Gender and ICTs

Women face internet access challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda
Women face internet access challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda 23 June 2020 Peace Oliver Amuge and Sandra Aceng

This article analyses the challenge of internet access faced by women and other marginalised groups such as persons with disabilities in Uganda during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The gender digital divide and COVID-19: Towards feminist internet regulations in southern Africa
The gender digital divide and COVID-19: Towards feminist internet regulations in southern Africa 23 June 2020 Tina Power

The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms and the Feminist Principles of the Internet advocate for an internet that is accessible, available, useable and affordable to all persons, without discrimination. Realising these principles has become increasingly urgent in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Second convening of the Feminist Internet Research Network
Second convening of the Feminist Internet Research Network 15 June 2020 APCNews

We are excited to announce that from 15 to 23 June, the network will gather for the second annual workshop online to exchange experiences and research findings with the eight research projects that are led by FIRN partners based in different regions of the global South.

Speaking of Hatred: Deconstructing the gendered nature of religion-based hate and violence
Speaking of Hatred: Deconstructing the gendered nature of religion-based hate and violence 12 June 2020

In the first session of “Speaking of Hatred: A three-part presentation on hatred, religion and gender in South and Southeast Asia", hosted by APC, Dr. V. Geetha explored the gendered nature of religion-based hatred and violence, as well as addressing broader questions on the nature of hate.

Creating Safe Online Spaces for Women: Policy brief
Creating Safe Online Spaces for Women: Policy brief 12 June 2020 Liz Orembo and Mwara Gichanga

In response to the growing incidence of cyber harassment on Kenyan online platforms, KICTANet conducted a study to highlight the struggles of those affected by it, who are often women. The purpose of this policy brief is to understand the nature of cyber harassment and the existing policy gaps.

African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition: Launch of position paper in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition: Launch of position paper in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 11 June 2020 African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition

The newly launched position paper, available in English, French and Portuguese, consolidates Coalition members’ assessment of, and positions on, the promotion, protection and exercise of human rights online in the context of COVID-19.

KICTANet: Online gender-based violence in times of COVID-19
KICTANet: Online gender-based violence in times of COVID-19 29 May 2020 Cecilia Maundu

Online violence against women during this pandemic has taken a turn for the worst. The "keyboard warriors”, as they are popularly known, have gone to the extent of cyberbullying victims of coronavirus.

Cummunity standards
Cummunity standards 27 May 2020 Morgan Barbour for GenderIT.org

Globally there has been a recorded surge of domestic violence against women especially, but has there been an increase in violence online? Morgan Barbour shares how she has dealt with increased violence and harassment online since the lockdown began, and how it is now part of her art.

Who run the Instagram Live? Girls!
Who run the Instagram Live? Girls! 27 May 2020 Joshua Muyiwa for GenderIT.org

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Shakespeare wrote most of his plays during the bubonic plague, and now women and queer artists are using the internet and social media to open up spaces for marginalised communities and bodies.

The online space making pandemic sex easier (sort of)
The online space making pandemic sex easier (sort of) 26 May 2020 Tiffany Kagure Mugo for GenderIT.org

Much as there is the risk of the online space breeding great amounts of anxiety, this can also be a time to form different types of human connection, find out more about innovative ways to get off and take a look at your love lives. Here's how.

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