Image description: Different people walking, cycling.

In depth

Visibility and secrecy: Data protection, privacy and gender in Pakistan

Posted Thu 11 Jul 2019 - 06:47 | 6,165 views

Privacy rights are becoming increasingly important and especially in the context of increasing datafication. Shmyla Khan of Digital Rights Foundation in Pakistan talks about the ways in which privacy rights are relevant, used and abused in the lives of women and gender diverse people.

Publication

Gender and Privacy: From Oppression to Liberation: Reclaiming the Right to Privacy

Posted Mon 7 Jan 2019 - 02:14 | 8,383 views

A report that examines the overlapping concerns of gender, privacy, surveillance, and gender-based violence in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, North America. The report raises issues including gender-based violence in the private sphere, rigid gender categories in identity programs its impact on trans people, etc.

Two pairs of hands holding cups of chai

Feminist talk

Online Dating in Pakistan

Posted Tue 2 Oct 2018 - 05:55 | 32,502 views

The rise of dating apps allows women to take control of their social life and their choices. In this article Hija Kamran speaks to many women in Pakistan about their experience of online dating, both good and bad, whether it allows for challenging of conservative social norms or it leaves women vulnerable to abuse and other risks.

Publication

Mapping research on gender and digital technology

Posted Tue 3 Jul 2018 - 08:04 | 3,250 views

The emerging sub-field of research around gender and digital technology is united in its understanding that gender biases and stereotypes are embedded in technology, and that this reproduces the existing problems around gender parity, gender-based violence, discrimination and exclusion on the internet. This report is a mapping of the research around gender and digital technology in the decade…

Feminist talk

Pakistani Women’s Hopes of Breaking Silence and of Creating Discourse Online

Posted Mon 8 Jan 2024 - 02:43 | 100 views

Pakistani women have always struggled to navigate public spheres given the scrutiny and violence that they are subjected to. But they're now fighting back by taking their space in the online public spaces that enables them to access an audience on their own terms. Yet, it comes at a cost.

Feminist talk

Pakistan's Online Safety Laws Are Stifling Women's Freedom of Expression

Posted Fri 22 Sep 2023 - 03:59 | 251 views

Pakistan government has recently introduced various laws to curb online violence. However, the undemocratic processes with which these laws have been drafted point towards their ability to directly target citizens' civil liberties on the internet. Moaz Bhangu speaks to women content creators who have been self-censoring to stay safe online.

Feminist talk

Identity Crisis: Roadblocks in Women's Access to Basic ID Documentation in Pakistan

Posted Mon 11 Sep 2023 - 03:43 | 294 views

Women make up half the population of Pakistan, and yet they're routinely denied access to identification documents based on patriarchal and archaic policies that reject any sense of autonomy over their personhood independent of men around them. Zainab Durrani speaks to some of the women who were subjected to these policies.

In depth

From Streets to Screens: How Digitisation is Transforming Sex Work in Pakistan

Posted Fri 11 Aug 2023 - 02:38 | 27,431 views

Sex workers in Pakistan moved to the internet to seek clientele as the famous red light district in Pakistan faced government crackdown and cultural oppression. But how has their experience been working through online platforms? Hira Nadeem speaks to sex workers who made the shift.

Feminist talk

Infantilizing, Fetishizing, and Sexist Slang: Inside Pakistan's Online Gaming Spaces and Discord Servers

Posted Fri 4 Aug 2023 - 05:42 | 1,003 views

Women gamers in Pakistan struggle to play safely amidst increasing online harassment they face in online gaming communities in the country. Momina Mindeel speaks to some women gamers to understand the extent of this violence and the strategies they employ to remain safe.

Feminist talk

Creating A Space For Queer Expression On Pakistani Internet

Posted Wed 8 Mar 2023 - 01:46 | 614 views

The internet has given a space for self-expression to Pakistani LGBTQIA+ people. Where there are risks of being targeted as a result of this visibility, many young queer folks are finding a sense of community through the expression of those around them.