Gender and ICTs

Gender and community networks: Candid reflections 10 years later
Gender and community networks: Candid reflections 10 years later 23 April 2018 Kathleen Diga

This monthly column series speaks to the research project: Local Access Networks: can the unconnected connect themselves?. This research explores the topic of self-managed infrastructure, from a community-run approach as well as opens up the understanding around community networks and their possible relationship with feminism and gender. The project plans to answer the research question on community networks: "What are the additional benefits to the local community in terms of well-being...

Swipe me left, I'm Dalit
Swipe me left, I'm Dalit 16 April 2018 Christina Thomas Dhanaraj

Everything from knowledge to housing to career is determined by one’s social location. And so are relationships. We are familiar with the stats from 2014 on OkCupid, which showed that black women were the least desirable group (Asian men were rated lowest by single women). Closer to home, there is no survey to justify a similar situation for Dalit women, for the simple reason that no one has even asked this question yet. My dating experiences began when I was in college. I met my first roma...

Making privacy a constitutional right: Interview with Y. K. Chang
Making privacy a constitutional right: Interview with Y. K. Chang 02 April 2018 Namita Aavriti

Interview with Y. K. Chang, who has recently been appointed as a Personal Information Protection Commissioner in South Korea – one of the first few women from civil society to reach this position within government in the country and possibly the region. GenderIT.org interviewed her on her journey, her ambitions for her new position and what she sees as the grave problems regarding privacy and...

APC Stakeholder Report for the Universal Periodic Review 31st session – Mexico
APC Stakeholder Report for the Universal Periodic Review 31st session – Mexico 30 March 2018 APC

This submission is a stakeholder contribution to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism for Mexico. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) appreciates the opportunity to participate in this cycle and recognises the important human rights issues being raised by other stakeholder reports. This submission is limited to addressing the growing concerns regardi...

APC's subgranting programme benefits 16 members in 2018
APC's subgranting programme benefits 16 members in 2018 28 March 2018

APC’s subgranting programme, now in its third year, has so far awarded a total of USD 291,534 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Seventeen member organisations were recipients of 17 grants, 14 of which are project grants of up to USD 20,000 each, while the other three are research and campaign grants of up to USD 5,000 each. This last category of grants is still open for prop...

How young womxn in the global South are reclaiming social media to foster change in educational spaces
How young womxn in the global South are reclaiming social media to foster change in educational spaces 19 March 2018 Samukelisiwe Mabaso

In my previous columns I’ve discussed how women in the Global South are reclaiming social media to shine the spotlight on disability, celebrate being queer, promote body positivity, and combat femicide. In my final column for this series I’m going to look at how young womxn are using social media to foster change in educational spaces. There are several ways that feminists can make social m...

Voices of change: International Women's Day
Voices of change: International Women's Day 08 March 2018 Take Back the Tech!

Strikes, marches, stories. Women make change in many ways. Every day we are surviving and resisting, and on 8 March of every year we come together to celebrate our hard work and use our collective power to initiate changes that further cement women's human rights. We're going to spend the day celebrating women who use tech for change. Join us on Twitter with #takebackthetech and let us know abo...

Sexuality and the internet: Findings from the global survey (2017)
Sexuality and the internet: Findings from the global survey (2017) 10 February 2018 Bruno Zilli and Horacio Sivori

At three different times over the past four years, the EROTICS project: An Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet, by the APC Women’s Rights Programme, sent out a questionnaire to its worldwide network of gender and sexuality activists, advocates, professionals and scholars, to learn about the role of information and communication technologies in their work. The survey was particu...

Advancing a gender-responsive approach to ICT policy and decision making
Advancing a gender-responsive approach to ICT policy and decision making 30 January 2018 Moses Owiny, WOUGNET

At the core of policy formulation and implementation processes lies the need to have diverse groups of stakeholders to make relevant input into the policy making process. Policy making is thus not only a preserve of the government, normally set within the framework of the top-bottom approach, but rather the contemporary environment contends that for policy formulation and implementation to be s...

Mapping research in gender and digital technology
Mapping research in gender and digital technology 30 January 2018 Anri van der Spuy and Namita Aavriti with additional inputs from others

Between January and November 2017, APC carried out a mapping study of the research in gender and digital technology taking place in or concerning middle and low-income countries in the last decade (2006-2017). The study focuses on information and communications technologies and the internet in particular but broadly encompasses digital technology and its impact on gender. This publication is th...

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