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CSW58: "We need to move beyond agreements towards public policies that will fulfil the commitments made to women"

Posted Thu 3 Apr 2014 - 15:49 | 13,830 views
The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place from 10 to 21 March 2014 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls" was this year's priority theme. The participation of women's organisations in CSW sessions provides an opportunity for delegations to…

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Decoding India’s Proposed Online Porn Ban – II

Posted Mon 17 Mar 2014 - 09:57 | 8,363 views
This is the third in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Tangled, Like Wool” meeting held in New Delhi in January 2014.

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APC launches website on sex, rights and the internet

Posted Mon 10 Mar 2014 - 06:59 | 5,580 views
In the second phase of the groundbreaking EROTICS project, an exploratory research project into sexuality and the internet, the Association for Progressive Communications has launched a new website ( to reflect the project's background, share knowledge and feature updates on the initiative.

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Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill – a great blow to internet freedom

Posted Wed 5 Mar 2014 - 11:19 | 6,665 views
One month after Nigeria's president signed into law a harsh law criminalising sexual minorities, Uganda has followed suit by signing it's own “anti-gay”, as dubbed by the media, bill. Joining Tanzania, Mauritania, Sudan and Sierra Leone, Uganda and Nigeria have join the club of countries in the continent where the LGBT is criminalise under the harshest sentences: offenders can receive life…

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Porn and Violence: Navigating the Grey Areas

Posted Wed 26 Feb 2014 - 08:35 | 7,722 views
Some were uncomfortable with certain types and scales of violence being represented, such as rape porn or gang-rape porn. Others felt that was just fantasy. This is the first in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Tangled, Like Wool” meeting held in New Delhi in January 2014. Through talks, presentations and discussions, the meeting explored the links between pornography, gender,…

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Pornographic Love

Posted Wed 26 Feb 2014 - 08:05 | 12,609 views
Richa Kaul Padte explores Pornographic Love, one of the three websites that received a Feminist Porn Award in 2013, and asks the question: What makes this website different from mainstream porn portals?

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Snippets from “Tangled, Like Wool”, New Delhi

Posted Fri 31 Jan 2014 - 04:27 | 4,858 views
Point of View and CREA held “Tangled, Like Wool” a day-long meeting of activists, NGOs, researchers, bloggers, media persons and other stakeholders for exploring the links between pornography, gender, sexuality and the freedom of speech, held on January 28, 2014 at New Delhi. It was the second meeting of the second phase of the EROTICS India project, the first being held in Mumbai in November…


Feminist Africa 18: e-spaces / e-politics

Posted Thu 16 Jan 2014 - 17:42 | 5,396 views
The 18th edition of the Feminist Africa journal offers a unique perspective to independent public discourse on the implications of global digitisation, presenting African perspectives that emerge from feminist praxis across the continent. In this edition, Jennifer Radloff, Jan Moolman, Jac sm Kee and Caroline Tagny from the APC Women's Rights Programme contribute to the debate with insights on…

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“Where else would women go if not the internet?”

Posted Thu 16 Jan 2014 - 06:32 | 4,831 views
Urban Indian women use the Internet to learn about sex and sexuality while negotiating the thin line between finding intimacy and encountering harm. This is the sixth in a series of posts reporting on the day-long “Connect Your Rights!” meeting held in Mumbai in November 2013. The meeting explored topics such as tools to combat violence against women, pornography, sexuality, and freedoms and…

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Interview: Adolescent Girls’ Mobile Phone Use in Bihar, Jharkhand, UP

Posted Mon 13 Jan 2014 - 07:45 | 4,764 views
Human rights organisation CREA conducted a study in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh last year to assess the feasibility of delivering sexual and reproductive health information through mobile phones to adolescent girls. The study was a part of the “It’s My Body” programme held in collaboration with 15 local community-based organisations for girls aged 12 to 18 years. The findings of the study…