Gender and ICTs

Access and beyond: Gendered barriers to internet use
Access and beyond: Gendered barriers to internet use 17 July 2017 Chenai Chair

Connecting the next billion, is rightly so, an important issue in ensuring everyone has the choice to access the internet. Women, and in particular those with low levels of income and education, are more likely to be the unconnected. However, gaining access is one thing, but what are the challenges that limit men and women’s experience of the internet and present a barrier to access? In this penultimate article reflecting on the finding from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Rwanda, we look ...

How women in the global South are reclaiming social media to promote body positivity
How women in the global South are reclaiming social media to promote body positivity 11 July 2017 Samukelisiwe Mabaso

I remember flipping through magazines as a teenager and wondering why none of the girls looked like me. In the makeup and hair sections, none of the advice applied to me because I did not fit the categories of slender, fair, blonde, brunette, redhead etc. Instead, I had (and still have) black skin, a booty, and coarse, ethnic, African hair – not ideal for silky high ponies or chic messy buns. So, what did I do to look like the girls in the magazine? I chemically straightened my hair, tried ...

National human rights institutions in digital spaces
National human rights institutions in digital spaces 10 July 2017 Gayatri Khandhadai with contributions from Mallory Knodel and Furhan Hussain (Editor: Deborah Brown) for APC

ICTs and more specifically, the internet create new and promising spaces where national human rights institutions (NHRIs) can improve the way they function and reach out to stakeholders in previously unimaginable ways. Digitalisation has fundamentally changed the way we work. NHRIs can develop practices that systematically help them record and store information about their work in digital form....

Fundraising campaign: Feminist Infrastructure in Latin America
Fundraising campaign: Feminist Infrastructure in Latin America 10 July 2017

Update: We are extending the fundraiser until 6 August 2017!. We are under chronic and severe surveillance, activism is criminalised, our digital commons are privatised and violence online is normalised. To build autonomous and resilient networks is, more than ever, vital and necessary. In Latin America, abortion access is both elemental and high risk. Online and offline, abortion collectives...

The EROTICS Global Survey on Sexual Rights and the Internet is back! Please participate!
The EROTICS Global Survey on Sexual Rights and the Internet is back! Please participate! 02 July 2017 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) will be launching our third EROTICS Global Survey on 17 July 2017. The survey aims to collect data and map trends concerning both threats to and enhancement of sexual expression online, and how this impacts on the rights of target communities. If you are a heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer...

Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017
Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 22 June 2017 Rafia Shaikh

Hundreds of activists, advocates, journalists, researchers, donors, and just about everyone else converged into the second-largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea – the city of Stockholm – to discuss power and access online. 10 p.m. sun aside, this year’s Stockholm Internet Forum (#SIF17 for easy tracking of the event on Twitter) was stronger than ever before and saw its participants and pa...

The internet of memory: Encouraging more women to find their “J” spot. The journey continues
The internet of memory: Encouraging more women to find their “J” spot. The journey continues 22 June 2017 Jennifer Radloff

The next step on the road from Huairou to New York (the first leg of the journey was described in our last installment) was via Seoul in September 1999 for a meeting of women’s media, communications and information groups, at Sookmyung University. The occasion, the Global Women’s Electronic Networking Training (GWENT). This convening launched WomenAction, a global network and campaign of wo...

Human rights and the internet: The key role of national human rights institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age
Human rights and the internet: The key role of national human rights institutions in protecting human rights in the digital age 21 June 2017

The internet is changing the ways in which people interact, trade, learn and communicate. For those who have got access to it, it is becoming increasingly difficult to imagine life without it. It offers us all kinds of opportunities, including exercising our human rights both online and offline, as different United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council resolutions have established. The internet als...

HRC 35: APC oral statement on bridging the gender digital divide
HRC 35: APC oral statement on bridging the gender digital divide 15 June 2017 APC

Oral statement delivered by the Association for Progressive Communications under Item 3: General Debate UN Human Rights Council 35th Session, 14 June 2017 Delivered by Deborah Brown   Thank you Mr. President.   The Association for Progressive Communications welcomes the High Commissioner's report on bridging the gender digital divide. In particular, we commend its emphasis on the inte...

Point of View wins Laadli Media Award: “An encouragement to keep fighting for gender equality”
Point of View wins Laadli Media Award: “An encouragement to keep fighting for gender equality” 14 June 2017

The first sex-ed query I Googled is how many holes do women have,” says Noopur, who was in her seventh standard at the time.  APC member in India Point of View is this year’s winner of the South Asian Laadli Media Award for its Deep Dives project, a digital imprint specialising in in-depth storytelling. The award, launched in 2007, celebrates gender-sensitive journalism and the promot...

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