Feminist talk

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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Doreen Raheena Sulleyman

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

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Online Abuse: A Monster that Silences and Curtails Women's Rights Online

Posted Thu 15 Nov 2018 - 10:06 | 8,394views

Online abuse and harassment prevents women from realising their full rights online. In this article we look at specific instances of harassment of women online in Ghana, and what needs to be done to ensure full and meaningful internet access for women.

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Theorose Dzineku

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

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What can Ghana do about the harassment faced by women online

Posted Tue 6 Nov 2018 - 15:53 | 769views

Women in Ghana, ordinary women and celebrities, have dealt with harassment and violence online, but there is minimal effort by the government currently to effectively address this problem. The suggestion seems to be that self-censorship should solve such problems faced by women.

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Rebecca Ryakitimbo

Rebecca is an avid writer,researcher and technologist who considers herself a STEAM (Science, Te

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Shaping the internet we want: Gender perspectives on FIFAfrica 2018

Posted Wed 24 Oct 2018 - 11:21 | 620views

The annual Forum on Internet Freedom, Africa brings together people from across the African continent to to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online on the continent. But what about gender perspectives? 

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Eloisa Diez

Eloisa Diez nació en Buenos Aires, Argentina y desde hace 12 años vive en México.

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Make your own hero [VIDEO]

Posted Tue 23 Oct 2018 - 16:55 | 903views

At the camp of Take back the tech! campaigners a group of intrepid people came together to create a fantastical super person - a non binary character who is a feminist and has powers to analyse, slay and decrypt the digital world.

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Sharanya

Sharanya identifies as a feminist writer, researcher and activist.

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The Politics of Self Care and Feminism

Posted Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 11:41 | 2,217views

What is self-care in a time of hyper-connected people and devices and of image-saturated capitalism and what does it mean to speak about self-care in relation to feminist politics and the women's movement. Sharanya examines the politics of self-care arising from many discussions with activists, writers and campaigners.

Illustration by Sylvia Karpagam
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Bonface Witaba

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

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Social Media: The New Frontier for ICT – facilitated Violence against Women

Posted Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 10:50 | 6,791views

Non consensual circulation or sharing of intimate intimages or non consensual pornography is becoming increasingly prevalent. Here Bonface Witaba shares few studies on this viral social phenomenon, what steps have been taken and are likely to be taken in the context of Kenya, on a global scale and by social media companies to address the problem.

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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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Getting woke about getting laid: A HOLAAfrica sex positive experience

Posted Wed 17 Oct 2018 - 11:51 | 873views

How to start a sex-positive conversation around queerness, sensuality and sexuality, gender expression, and even violence? HOLAAfrica is one platform that shows us how to do it. From pleasure manuals to podcasts to articles, the platform raises and discusses several sensitive issues and concerns relevant to African women, gender non-conforming persons and sexual minorities.

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Sanitary Panels

Sanitary Panels is a feminist webcomic that comments on politics, society, and culture.

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Sanitary Panels on sexual harassment

Posted Tue 16 Oct 2018 - 08:57 | 404views

In the wake of recent accusations of rampant sexual harassment at the workplace in various industries in India - including journalism, advertising, academia, development and many others - Sanitary Panels explores what patriarchy has huge tolerance for. [comic]

Comic by Sylvia Karpagam
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Praveena Thaali

Praveena Thaali is doing Ph.D at Center for Human Rights, University of Hyderabad, Telangana, Ind

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Rejecting Victimhood: the online Speak-Out Campaign in Kerala against harassment

Posted Tue 9 Oct 2018 - 18:37 | 1,391views

Dalit-Bahujan women in India have increasingly started using the internet and social media to articulate their positions and politics. This article explores how women have combated sexual harassment and exploitation, especially when it takes place in spaces that are considered progressive.

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Nadege

I'm part of Kéfir, a cooperative in Latinamerica that seeds and n

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Keywords of the internet: The fraying edges of algorithmic production

Posted Tue 9 Oct 2018 - 11:06 | 708views

In this column series we unpack keywords relevant to the internet and the digital age. Here we look at algorithms, their origin in the work of Ada Lovelace. At how they are a sequence of steps, how they enfold consequences. And lastly we ask - can we talk about feminist algorithms?