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Women's rights online: Translating access into empowerment

Posted Fri 11 Mar 2016 - 11:16 | 2,957 views
New research by the Web Foundation shows that the dramatic spread of mobile phones is not enough to get women online, or to achieve empowerment of women through technology. The study, based on a survey of thousands of poor urban men and women across nine developing countries, found that while nearly all women and men own a phone, women are still nearly 50% less likely to access the internet than...

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#Unboxing Gender- Stockholm Internet Forum pre-event: Gender and access

Posted Fri 11 Dec 2015 - 11:10 | 3,385 views
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.

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Trusting our net

Posted Thu 10 Dec 2015 - 16:40 | 4,668 views
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...

Feminist talk

What does internet policy mean for the average Ugandan?

Posted Thu 3 Dec 2015 - 09:57 | 3,118 views
The word “internet” is not well understood in its full and wholesome context by a size-able number of Ugandans and perhaps the majority. Smart phone usage has grown tremendously and with it the gospel of this thing called the internet. Of course with smart phones come the popularisation of social media and the applications that simplify internet use and access. It would seem that internet...

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Uganda urgently needs to prioritise gender equality online

Posted Sat 19 Sep 2015 - 19:04 | 2,029 views
Ahead of the launch of our Women’s Rights Online research, this series of guest blogs features on-the-ground perspectives from each of our research partners around the world. In this post, Irene Murungi, Gender Policy Officer at Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), talks about why it’s important to get more Ugandan women online and involved in internet policy debates.

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Women in Africa and expression on the internet

Posted Tue 15 Sep 2015 - 13:05 | 3,845 views
We all have an interesting relationship with the internet. In many ways, our current relationships with the internet are indicators of the socio-cultural, economic and political contexts that we live and work in. For many women in the east and southern parts of Africa, our relations with the internet are deeply classed, with women living in urban and semi-urban areas having easier and more access...

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Imagine a Feminist Internet: The conversation is on!

Posted Fri 17 Jul 2015 - 16:46 | 3,445 views
This year, a group of 45 activists, researchers, academics and techies are meeting again in Malaysia to deepen the discussion around feminism and technology. They will be tweeting on #imagineafeministinternet and we invite you to participate in the conversation by engaging with the hashtag and following @takebackthetech.

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How technology issues impact women’s rights: 10 points on Section J

Posted Mon 9 Mar 2015 - 11:27 | 11,667 views
APC's advocacy for the re-prioritisation of Section J at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women asks governments to recognise the critical role that the media and ICT play in both advancing and stifling women's rights. At the same time, it is vital that women's rights activists and organisations examine how ICT affects their work and take up Section J demands.
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Gender dynamics need to be addressed in communications surveillance in Uganda

Posted Thu 4 Dec 2014 - 14:06 | 2,990 views
The incident involving the prime minister highlights why there is growing concern over the governance and regulation of communication surveillance, and how it is being used to infringe on one’s right to privacy in Uganda. Because this case affected a high-ranking Ugandan official, the question is, how safe is the ordinary Ugandan? And from a gender activist perspective, what are the gender...

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Gender equality in the information society - a review of current literature and recommendations for policy and practice

Posted Thu 13 Nov 2014 - 12:28 | 2,516 views
The information society is not gender neutral – it has different implications for women and men, girls and boys, and for the relationships between them. It is therefore vital to begin reflecting more critically on how ICTs are changing the nature of gender relations in social, political, economic and cultural landscapes. On one hand is important to recognise and harness the potential of <br /...