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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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Nic Bidwell

Nic Bidwell currently researches the social and gender impacts of Community Networks in the APC's

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[Review] Measuring the digital divide: Why we should be using a women-centered analysis

Posted Wed 4 Jul 2018 - 11:32 | 2,043views

How do we measure the difference between access to the internet for men and women? It is without a doubt that such gender internet access gap indicators contribute to defining goals for international and country-level policies. But it is important for us to interrogate the role of indicators and measures in access related work and research. Nic Bidwell analyses the use of tools proposed to...

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Sanitary Panels

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

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[COLUMN] Sanitary Panels on facing threats online (COMIC)

Posted Thu 21 Jun 2018 - 07:21 | 1,310views

Sanitary Panels is an ironic yet hard hitting series where social commentary masquerades as humour and makes us rethink many of our assumptions. This comic explores aspects of gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and careers. In this comic Sanitary Panels looks at how police and society react when women...

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Yara

An Arab African feminist

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Online violence faced by outspoken activists: the case from Egypt

Posted Wed 20 Jun 2018 - 09:43 | 2,021views

Online violence and harassment mirrors the realities of persecution in the "real world" and extends the avenues for prejudice and discrimination. In Egypt, outspoken activists and Nubian people supporting the cause of Nubians to their own land and also speaking out about race and skin colour-based prejudice face virulent online attacks and are also banned by the Egyptian government.

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Azmina Dhrodia

Azmina Dhrodia is a Researcher on Technology and Human Rights at the Amnesty International Secret

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Toxic Twitter: Amnesty International report on social media and online violence

Posted Mon 18 Jun 2018 - 08:21 | 2,361views
Twitter, in particular, can be a powerful tool for women to make connections and express themselves - from high-level female politicians to journalists, activists, writers and bloggers, to women who simply want to know what’s happening around them. It is allegedly the space where ‘every voice has the power to impact the world’. But as revealed by the report by Amnesty International, Twitter is...
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7amleh

7amleh is a non-profit organization aimed at enabling the Palestinian and Arab civil society to e

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Online GBV in Palestine means losing out on women's participation

Posted Mon 11 Jun 2018 - 12:37 | 4,072views
In recent times there has been a dramatic increase in the use of internet and social media by Palestinians. In this context there is also a rising wave of online gender-based violence that leads to intimidation of women and self-censorship, which means that often women are withdrawing from social media platforms that are an arena of political and social confrontation against the Israeli...
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Shreya Ila Anasuya

Shreya Ila Anasuya is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, an independent journalist, and the m

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For women in the press like Rana Ayyub, it’s scarily easy for online threats to turn physical

Posted Thu 7 Jun 2018 - 10:25 | 1,772views
On 24 May 2018, the Office of the Human Rights Commission, United Nations put out a statement that the Indian government has a duty to protect its citizens and journalists from threats and in particular about the severity of threats against Rana Ayyub, journalist and writer based in India. This article looks at the severity of violence faced by the journalist, including physical threats, doxxing...
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Kazanka Comfort

Kazanka Comfort is the Director of Operations of Fantsuam Foundation.

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Talking community networks at AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018

Posted Tue 29 May 2018 - 10:30 | 2,031views
In this report back from AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018, Kazanka Comfort talks about the inclusion of young women in science and tehcnology programs in university, discussions around the possibilities offered by community networks to own and manage infrastructure by the people. In particular Kazanka looks at how women are affected by sectarian conflict and working with ICTs and training in...
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Sanitary Panels

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

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[COLUMN] COMIC: Male ego

Posted Wed 2 May 2018 - 10:32 | 1,447views

Sanitary Panels is a comic that explores aspects of gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and careers. Here is an ordinary scene at a coffee-shop.

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KathleenDiga

Kathleen has worked for over 10 years in the information and communication technology for develop

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[COLUMN] Gender and community networks: Candid reflections 10 years later

Posted Mon 23 Apr 2018 - 10:06 | 2,111views

In this column on community networks and gender, the writers will explore how communities can provide and run their own internet infrastructure, the existing forms of community networks, the legal and policy environment in which they have to exist and what are the gender dynamics around these networks. The first column asks a fundamental question - what would be the costs of women NOT having...

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Sanitary Panels

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

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[COLUMN] Sanitary Panels: Your average MANEL (comic)

Posted Thu 12 Apr 2018 - 11:18 | 1,811views
Sanitary Panels does a web comic series on gender and technology including discrimination faced by women in STEM education and careers. Here is a poster for yet another manel i.e. a panel with only male speakers on a topic on which many qualified women experts are there.