After the convening "Making a Feminist Internet in Africa and the Diaspora (MFIAfrica)", held in Johannesburg from 28 to 31 October 2019, a lot of debates, dreams and conversations kept going around among the women who were there. Feminists from eighteen African countries came together to discuss what the internet means for their lives, what a feminist internet looks like, and most importantly what does feminist movement building in a digital age look like for African feminists? We knew that this conversation is just beginning and many topics remain open, perhaps until the next meeting.
Several months later, in these uncertain times with the current global crisis brought about by the spread of Covid-19 virus, it seems difficult to meet physically in such a powerful way, at least at this moment. The conversation must go on by other means. That's why this GenderIT special edition gathers together a series of articles inspired from and continuing the conversations started in South Africa, and even before, since the first Imagine a Feminist Internet convening in 2014.
To enrich this conversations, we also included reflections from Imagining a Feminist Internet South East Asia, content created by students in Europe writing about the relevance of the Feminist Principles of the Internet to them, and the experience of an Afro-feminist Cuban activist challenging the Wikipedia content gap on Africa and Diaspora topics.
The All Women Count-take Back The Tech! (AWC-TBTT!) project at the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) present this edition, in the spirit of sharing and connect feminist experiences of the internet, and centering the voices of African women.