The Do-It-Yourself Feminist Internet: Cyber feminist actions from Latin America
By Florencia Goldsman
Informed by resistance, dissident identities, intersectional approaches, issues of sexuality and universal access to the internet, we seek a collective answer to the question: Is a feminist internet possible? This reflection is a joint undertaking with Latin American women activists advocating freer and more equitable technologies and working to saturate the net with feminist content and…
The reality of getting online in Jamaica: How mobile phones and social media lead to violence against women
According to the research report “Violence against women and the use of information and communications technologies in Jamaica”, there is insufficient recognition of the relationships between information and communications technologies and violence against women in the country, and VAW in its many forms continues to be a serious problem. To know more about the Jamaican context and the research,…
Balancing rights and interests: Best practices to counter online abuse and violence
By Flavia Fascendini
The IGF Best Practice Forum on Online Abuse and Gender-Based Violence Against Women took place in Joao Pessoa, Brazil in November 2015. Representatives of civil society, academia and the private sector went through some of the key highlights and recommendations from the BPF but opened it up at different junctures for inputs and responses.
From sensitisation to changing women's lives: Understanding tech-related violence in the DRC
By Bianca Baldo
In this article, Bianca Baldo interviews Françoise Mukuku and Patience Luyeye from Si Jeunesse Savait. In partnership with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), they carried out the research mapping technology-related violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the interview, they elaborate on some of the findings, gaps in legislation, ambiguous role of…
From unawareness to women coming forward when under attack: Technology-related violence against women in Kenya
By Tarryn Booysen
Kenya was one of seven countries covered under the Association for Progressive Communication’s End violence: Women’s rights and safety online research project. Here, GenderIT.org writer Tarryn Booysen speaks to the research team, giving us a closer look into the research findings.
Missing and murdered aboriginal women of Canada and human trafficking: Understanding this likely connection
By Bianca Baldo
Imagine a young aboriginal woman standing alone in the night, her stance hardened by violence, outrage and sadness. Like her mother before her, she is a survivor. A survivor of colonisation, a survivor of family violence, a survivor of poverty and lack of resources, a survivor of false promises from a boyfriend that gave her hope. All she had to do was move with him to the city, he would find her…
#Unboxing Gender- Stockholm Internet Forum pre-event: Gender and access
By Jennifer Radloff
A gender digital divide has been recognised since the 1990s. It's old news that there are gaps when it comes to women being able to easily, safely and affordably access technology. There are statistics, research evidence and anecdotal stories that support this. Although some efforts have been made to address this access gap, there is still a persistent and evident gender digital divide.
Trusting our net
By Shawna Finnegan
Shawna Finnegan and Emilar Vushe, who are the part of the Association for Progressive Communication's policy programme, engage in a conversation about their highlights of this year's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). They speak about the value of the IGF as well as barriers to access it, national and regional initiatives, and some of the biggest internet governance issues right now, such as…
Deep Lab creative inquiry: Interview with Addie Wagenknecht
By Lamia Kosovic
Recently, Addie Wagenknecht, the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquire Fellow, organised a congress of cyberfeminist researchers to examine how themes of privacy, security, surveillance, anonymity, and large-scale data aggregation are problematised in the arts, culture and society. In the following interview, Lamia Kosovic speaks to Addie about Deep Lab's initial research, the congress,…
Technology-related violence against women in Colombia: Sociocultural imaginaries and access to justice
By Maria Goñi Mazzitelli
Colombia was one of seven countries covered by APC's research project “End violence: Women's rights and safety online”, carried out in partnership with Colnodo. In this article, María Goñi interviews Ana Maria Acosta and Marina López Sepulveda, two of the three researchers who worked with Colnodo and made interesting discoveries.