SPECIAL EDITION: 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development

The 12th AWID International Forum will gather up to 2000 women’s rights leaders and activists from around the world from April 19 to 22, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Forum will look at the question: how economic power is impacting on women, their rights and the planet?


Primary objective of the APC WNSP is to position internet rights as a key women's rights issue, focussing on the economic and political aspects of communications. Read about the APC key activities @ the 12th AWID Forum.


Join GenderIT.org's live coverage to find out more and engage in discussions about feminist politics and practices of the internet at the 12th AWID Forum. You can follow our coverage team on Twitter as they tweet about the latest happenings at the AWID Forum. Post your questions and thoughts using the hashtags #ftxawid #awidforum.

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Take away personal dynamics, be anonymous

Who said we should write things in our own names? It makes it personal. Today there was a debate at AWID Forum about a letter that was distributed criticising the exclusion of a certain discourse in the MENA region, and a point that was used to attack the letter was that it was not signed, you can't identify the authors of the letter, and no one "to take responsibility" for its content.
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Liberation Inc. – more reflections from the AWID Forum

I spent a full day yesterday focusing on the intersection of feminism, activism, and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). And I kept running into the same women (the feminist Twitterati?). And these women were mostly already known to me from my own work on the issue. This worries me a little bit. Could it be that there are so few feminist / female Techies in the world that we all know each other?!
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Clearing up the feminist movement

During the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus at AWID, a participant made the comment that the feminist movement needed to be 'cleared up' because "it is becoming too white and too straight". I tweeted it and it made several people uncomfortable. This is a post discussing that comment with a little context and little extra explaination.
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What's happening with the queers?

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual and queer (LGBTIAQ) movement tends to get caught up in trying to name itself. And often gets stuck there.
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Thinking about gender and technology

In South Africa a video recently went viral in which a young woman is gang-raped. This video has re-ignited discussions around gender-based violence within the country, many of these discussions have taken place on social media platforms such as Twitter.
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Last Rescue in Siam: A comedy about anti-trafficking raids in Thailand

Empower Foundation of Thailand has creatively used art and media to promote the rights of sex workers for over 20 years. Empower has collaborated with artists to bring their messages to people in Thailand, in cartoons, in nearly life-size papier mache dolls that are more well traveled than the sex workers they represent, and in their own books. But these have been primarily for audiences in Thailand, including brothel workers, health care workers, policy makers and the men who love the ladies. Electronic media has enabled their work to reach further.
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MENA: Who talks for the region?

I am an AWID participant, and it is my first time to attend the forum.I attended the first session of in-depth session on “Women’s Rights and Transitions to Democracy in the MENA region”and I stayed only for the introduction of the panelists, I was disappointed and I left. I found no young feminists on board, no one who is actually taking part on the ground in the region, the panelists came from a funding organization, AWID, UNFPA and an international women's rights organization. But where are the feminists on the ground?
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Anonymize yourself: digital security and feminist practice of technology

As the day passed I saw myself surrendering to the fact that there is nothing good in the laziness of a routine that prevent us from thinking about technological abuse that we as women activists can suffer and make the other suffering. When on the 18 we had the feminist tech exchange I understood that I need, I have to anonymize myself.
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Filtered by the state, inspired by Gita Sen

Today Gita Sen said “we are in a fierce vicious unequal new economic world where battlegrounds are many” and a few hours later in the session on “Commodification of knowledge: how increasing access and availability of the internet had transformed the way knowledge is produced and shared” a participant made us notice that “We were being watched." And it's true behind the gorgeous beauty of Istanbul there is a state that filters access to the net, a state that does not allow sites to be displayed if they use “certain” words or images.
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Editorial

WHY IS THE INTERNET FEMINIST ISSUE?

The women's programme of world’s oldest progressive internet network outlines its priority issues for the 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development that will gather over 2000 women’s rights activists from around the world from April 19 to 22, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.
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APC at the 12th AWID International Forum

APC members and staff will be participating at the 12th AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development in Istanbul, Turkey from 19-22 April 2012. The theme of the 12th AWID Forum is “Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women’s Rights and Justice”, and APC Women's Networking Support Programme will be hosting a number of workshops as well as a pre-events on the feminist practices and politics of the internet.
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FTX @ AWID Forum 2012

What are the emerging risks and challenges that women's rights advocates face in using technology for activism? How can we strategise to work more safely and securely online? What is the feminist politics of privacy, security and the right to participate on the internet? Join us at the Feminist Tech Exchange on 18 April 2012, just before the 12th AWID International Forum, to explore and exchange ideas and strategies on the feminist politics and practices of online security, privacy and women's rights!