South Asia

ARSUKEIL, a non-binary character

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Make your own hero [VIDEO]

Posted Tue 23 Oct 2018 - 17:55 | 2,345 views

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.

"Self-care". Illustrations by Paru Ramesh

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The Politics of Self Care and Feminism

Posted Thu 18 Oct 2018 - 12:41 | 15,314 views

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.

Comic by Sanitary Panels (excerpt)

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Sanitary Panels on sexual harassment

Posted Tue 16 Oct 2018 - 09:57 | 1,708 views

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

Posted Tue 9 Oct 2018 - 19:37 | 3,358 views

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.

Comic by Sylvia Karpagam

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If it’s not on Whatsapp, it never happened

Posted Mon 8 Oct 2018 - 10:06 | 2,538 views

How do we use social media in activism? Do we reflect on our practices, on the instrumental ways of referring to people and communities that is used in reports and publications? Here is a story that looks at the use of Whatsapp by activists and what it means about unacknowledged hierarchies and barriers even within progressive spaces.

Photo by Matan Segev from Pexels

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Gendered Reality Traps: How "Objective" Machine Learning Contributes to Intersectional Exploitation

Posted Tue 2 Oct 2018 - 18:20 | 3,192 views

Is technology neutral or is coding political? In this article Smarika Kumar explores how algorithms work in the real world, and how they are a reflection of existing biases and forms of exclusion and discrimination in society.

Two pairs of hands holding cups of chai

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Online Dating in Pakistan

Posted Tue 2 Oct 2018 - 11:55 | 14,608 views

The rise of dating apps allows women to take control of their social life and their choices. In this article Hija Kamran speaks to many women in Pakistan about their experience of online dating, both good and bad, whether it allows for challenging of conservative social norms or it leaves women vulnerable to abuse and other risks.

Radha making a research interview.

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Domestic work in the platform economy: reflections on conducting interviews on sensitive issues

Posted Wed 8 Apr 2020 - 20:56 | 1,265 views

As part of the Feminist Internet Research Network, we are including a series of short pieces on reflections by researchers on the ground, and in this piece a researcher talks about the experience of doing research with workers, unions and companies and of trying to determine the extent of sexual harassment or caste prejudice in the platform economy around domestic labour

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Domestic work in the platform economy: reflections on difficulty to set up interviews

Posted Wed 8 Apr 2020 - 20:52 | 1,125 views

As part of the Feminist Internet Research Network, we are including a series of short pieces on reflections by researchers on the ground, and in this piece, the researcher speaks of the difficulties of setting up interviews with domestic workers, often torn between home and work obligations.

Meeting of domestic workers unionists in Indica.

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Domestic work in the platform economy: reflections on research and social work

Posted Wed 8 Apr 2020 - 20:50 | 1,269 views

As part of the Feminist Internet Research Network, we are including a series of short pieces on reflections by researchers on the ground, and in this piece, the writer explores how it is possible but also difficult for her to do social work and awareness building, and shift to doing research.