Is it still possible to imagine a debate on a feminist internet within the context of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)? This question has been resounding since the last session of the CSW took place in March 2015.
The exclusion of women’s rights activists from both the negotiation of the political declaration and the CSW Methods of Work resolution resulted in the failure of the Commission to confront the real challenges that women and girls around the world face. Women and the media is one of those imperative issues. Twenty years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and Section J on women and the media, a comprehensive and up-to-date recognition of the critical role that the media and ICTs play in both advancing and stifling women’s rights is still in the pipeline.
We hope you find this GenderIT.org edition useful, with its analysis of what happened around Section J at the 59th session of the CSW, as well as what did not happen, and ideas on how to strategise around this space in the future.
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