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Feminist talk  is meant to be a hub for conversations between our readers and writers on topics that are related to the sometimes dry world of internet policy. It is a space for storytelling, personal essays, opinions – to challenge and inspire readers on issues and topics that are close to them. Here are the opinions, experiences and thoughts of writers from the diverse community in which we live.

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Why it is good that Ethiopians are debating homosexuality?

Posted Fri 14 Jun 2019 - 22:54 | 299views

In this last week there has been an uproar in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer people in Ethiopia, and also a backlash of online threats, harassment and violence.

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Sahar Moazami

Sahar Moazami is a New York State bar admitted attorney with a focus on international human right

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Propping up patriarchy: Threats of the growing anti-gender movement

Posted Thu 13 Jun 2019 - 08:55 | 282views

Across Brazil, Bulgaria, Poland and at the international level there is a vicious and concerted attempt to dilute the language around gender in policy and UN mechanisms which targets any gains in gender equality, advocates exclusion of LGBTIQ people and restrictions on sexual and reproductive rights. The attack on gender is real and here, what are we going to do about it?

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Liz Orembo

Liz Orembo is a KICTANet associate, specialised in tech public policy analysis and advocacy.

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What lies behind the fears of digital identity? The experience of the Huduma number in Kenya

Posted Thu 30 May 2019 - 12:03 | 702views

The rollout of the Huduma namba is taking place over Kenya. This article traces the experience of one young woman Nyangi as she tries to get a card, and more broadly the problems and hurdles posed by the system of digital identity.

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Food for the social media soul: Why Indians viciously debate nutrition online

Posted Wed 8 May 2019 - 14:22 | 6,010views

Food and in particular nutrition for children is a widely debated topic on social media, media and onground in India, and the reason for this is how caste plays a role. This article breaks down why the imposition of veganism or a savarna diet would harm children who are poor and do not have access to the same privileges as others.

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Bonface Witaba

Bonface Witaba is an ICANN Fellow, Writer, Trainer, Researcher, Consultant in Internet Governa

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Artificial intelligence for mental health

Posted Thu 2 May 2019 - 14:11 | 1,553views

This article explores mental health facilities in Kenya and if artificial intelligence can provide solutions for the dire need for infrastructure. Even if the use of artificial intelligence poses a solution to this, there are risks for data and privacy, algorithmic bias and large scale misdiagnosis. AI can only work when alongside human and humane treatment.

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Theorose Dzineku

Theorose is a Ghanaian journalist, Internet governance advocate, and an avid writer.

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Making our presence felt: women's involvement in online content creation in Ghana

Posted Thu 25 Apr 2019 - 13:23 | 572views

In this exploration of the questions of access and economy for women in Ghana, the author takes a closer look at the digital gender-gap. When women don't have equal access to the internet then what are the economic implications?

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Tiffany Kagure Mugo

Tiffany Kagure Mugo is the intoxicatingly scary gatekeeper of HOLAAfrica, a Pan African queer wom

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Turning from Tumblr: Where is sex positivity on the internet going?

Posted Tue 12 Mar 2019 - 09:45 | 3,132views

The Tumblr porn ban reveals how laws in one country against sex trafficking can be used to police content online, and especially has an impact on queer, trans and other sexuality related content. Here Tiffany Mugo talks about what that does to the discourse around sex positivity online.

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Doreen Raheena Sulleyman

Doreen Raheena Sulleyman is a freelance journalist who has an interest in women’s rights and inte

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Sexual Assault in Ghana: How technology can help build visibility

Posted Wed 6 Feb 2019 - 12:17 | 2,247views

In Ghana sexual assault is vastly under-reported and there is a huge barrier in the police procedures for reporting of crimes. In this article based on multiple interviews, the author explores what role technology can play in addressing this, and can public discourse and visibility around sexual assault lead to change?

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Joshua Muyiwa

Joshua Muyiwa is a writer and poet.

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No Photos Please: Dating & Hooking Up Via Grindr And Notions of Self-Worth

Posted Fri 18 Jan 2019 - 11:11 | 1,525views

The second in a series on queerness and privacy, this article explores the relevance of what is legally understood as privacy in the lives of queer people and communities living in the "global South". In this article, the contradictions between online dating for queer and gay people and the precarity of their daily lives is explored.

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Rohini Lakshane

Rohini Lakshané is a long-time Wikimedian with an abiding interest in issues of access to knowled

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Five tips for a successful edit-a-thon on gender

Posted Thu 20 Dec 2018 - 09:50 | 1,857views

Do you want to organise an edit-a-thon around gender, women in STEM, movements and feminist histories of organising or anything else? Here are a list of (5 and more) things to watch out for - including the safety of your participants and how to navigate the tricky but sometimes essential rules of editing content on Wikipedia.