Gender and ICTs

APC 2016 Annual Report is out!
APC 2016 Annual Report is out! 26 October 2017 Flavia Fascendini

APC's Annual Report for 2016 narrates organisational life matters and the year's work around our six strategic areas: access, rights, a feminist internet, governance, use and development and the APC community, told through 60 short stories, 25 of them contributed by our members. 2016 was a year of several changes for APC. It is quite remarkable, this characteristic of change: it is slippery while it is being made, hard to acknowledge and understand while it is happening, but mind-bending when...

Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)
Call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) 11 October 2017

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the fifth African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG). The 2017 School will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 28 November to 2 December, to coincide with the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) which will also take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, from 4 to 6 December 2017. The first AfriSIG was held in July 2013 in Durban, South Africa, joining a growing global com...

APC's subgranting programme benefits 18 members in 2017
APC's subgranting programme benefits 18 members in 2017 09 October 2017

APC’s subgranting programme in its second year awarded a total of USD 273,986 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Eighteen member organisations were recipients of 21 grants, 10 of which are project grants of up to USD 20,000 each, while the other 11 are research and campaign grants of up to USD 5,000 each. Funds were also used to support...

New APC member Kéfir: "We need to create together digital neighbourhoods where we can operate without fear"
New APC member Kéfir: "We need to create together digital neighbourhoods where we can operate without fear" 26 September 2017

Kéfir, based in Mexico, is a free/libre tech feminist cooperative for activists, human right defenders, journalists, civil society organisations, collectives and artists that aims to build safe and free (as in freedom) spaces on the internet.  In August 2017, they joined the APC network. In this interview, they talked with APC about trust, fear and the need to create digital neighbou...

Making a Feminist Internet: Movement Building in a Digital Age in Port Dickson, Malaysia
Making a Feminist Internet: Movement Building in a Digital Age in Port Dickson, Malaysia 22 September 2017

Making a Feminist Internet: Movement Building in a Digital Age is the focus of an event taking place between 3 and 6 October in Port Dickson, Malaysia.  APC is collaborating with Mama Cash, CREA, FRIDA, Urgent Action Fund, Astraea and EMPOWER Malaysia to organise this four-day event, which will bring together more than 80 participants, mainly feminist activists from different reg...

Intersection between women’s rights and internet governance in Uganda
Intersection between women’s rights and internet governance in Uganda 19 September 2017 Godfrey Kayobyo, Peter Fuuna, Moses Owiny and Zavuga Amuriat

The UN Women Fund for Gender Equality Project implemented by WOUGNET and WomensNet in South Africa entitled “Increasing women’s decision making and influence in internet governance and ICT policy for the realization of women’s rights in Africa” was conceived with the aim of: i) increasing the capacity of women in the two countries to discuss, analyse, respond to and influence policy on ...

Muavin, a community-based solution for fighting online harassment in Pakistan
Muavin, a community-based solution for fighting online harassment in Pakistan 14 September 2017

Women journalists and human rights defenders face increasing abuse and harassment while using the internet, an issue particularly pressing in countries like Pakistan. Among the latest resources to respond to online attacks, a new platform has been launched by APC member Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD). Muavin's beta version was presented in Islamabad on 13 September. This tool...

Uganda's ICT Laws and Policies from a Gender Perspective
Uganda's ICT Laws and Policies from a Gender Perspective 11 September 2017 Moses Owiny and Zavuga G. Amuriat (editors)

A survey carried out in 2014 by the Uganda Communications Commission found that only 6% of women in Uganda are online. Kampala has the largest gender gap in internet access across 10 cities surveyed by research commissioned by the World Wide Web Foundation. Only 21% of women reported having used the internet, verses 61% for men. The gender gap in internet access in Uganda is real and perpetuate...

"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society
"We cannot be what we cannot see": GenderIT.org maps gaps in research in gender and information society 11 September 2017

The articles in this bilingual edition point to how visibility, a complicated phenomenon in itself, is the starting point of a different way of being, and how the stories we tell – entangled in the fine wires of technology – are necessary and essential, and could be the foundations for the movement for change. The title of this edition – "We cannot be what we cannot see" is taken from Ker...

Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age
Making a feminist internet: Movement building in a digital age 29 August 2017

On April 24th 2016, more than 70,000 tweets through multiple hashtags coalesced into the largest street protest across multiple cities in Mexico against gender-based violence. In India, Dalit women are foregrounding their realities on the agenda for change, forging political kinship between movements and distances by deftly employing social media and art in their strategies. In South Africa, un...

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