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Impact of ICTs on women's participation in public and political life. Association for Progressive Communications Women ’ s Rights Programme, January 2013 . Who we are / what we do . International network of organisations using ICTs for social justice – 43 members around the world

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Impact of icts on women s participation in public and political life

Impact of ICTs on women's participation in public and political life

Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme, January 2013


Who we are what we do

Who we are / what we do

  • International network of organisations using ICTs for social justice – 43 members around the world

  • Womens rights programme & ICT policy programme

  • Women’s rights programme – violence against women, sexual rights, evaluation


What is the issue

What is the issue

  • Information and Communication Technologies ICTs are not gender neutral – produced, used and distributed in a context of unequal power relations

  • For marginalised groups with access, ICTs present possibilities to construct, deconstruct and reconfigure both their own identities and the structures – whether government, media or social – within which they live

  • ICTs also enable new forms of discrimination, violence and exclusion


What are our entry points

What are our entry points?

  • Women and marginalised communities are a key interest group in how the internet is governed, yet are are largely absent from spaces where decisions are made

  • When we access the internet it is with all of our civil and political rights intact

  • Norms and values offline are reflected online including – in discrimination and exclusion and in responses


Shifts and nuances

Shifts and nuances

  • Internet governance

  • Anonymity

  • Privacy and consent

  • New actors

  • Defining harm

  • No recognition for extended notions / extended definitions of ‘personhood’

  • Interaction as workers, content producers, ‘ordinary’ users


Opening new possibilities

Opening new possibilities

  • Public participation – Tahrir bodyguards, rape of black lesbians in SA

  • Organising – Meem

  • Subversion – Pink Chaadi, Uprising of Women in Arab World

  • Expanding citizenship

  • Performing identity, negotiating restrictions


Closing down spaces

Closing down spaces

  • Shut downs – DRC October 2012

  • Censorship, regulation and pornography

  • Misogyny and hate speech

  • Rape videos, privacy and consent

  • WHRDs – Egypt, Uganda

  • Defining harm, mobilising anxiety

  • Double standards of prosecution


Who are the actors

Who are the actors

  • Individual users

    - norms and values

    (Technical community; Opus Dei - .fam)

  • Private sector

    - no transparency on regulations & enforcement

    - tracking technologies & privacy control

    - privatisation of access

  • State

    - protection vs rights framework


Recommendations

Recommendations

  • Extending definitions of personhood

  • Expanded debate on ‘right to forget’

  • Engaging private sector

  • Engage in internet governance eg IGF

  • Indicators for CEDAW report cards

  • Post-2015 development agenda

  • WSIS +10


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