Conference: Imagine a feminist internet

A global conference on gender, sexuality and the internet is underway in Malaysia, convened by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). Running from 12 to 17 April 2014, the conference brings together academics, activists and specialists to develop a collective understanding of gender and internet rights.

Since 2008, APC's Women’s Rights and Communications and Information Policy Programmes are engaged in sexual rights movements in the internet. Their recent research findings revealed urgency for a feminist discourse to address rampant latent online sexism.

The conference seeks to:
  • Articulate, deepen and clarify thinking and analysis around contentious issues of gender, sexuality and the internet including questions around “harmful content”, pornography, “hate speech”, gender-based violence and sexual rights.
  • Develop a set of evolving Feminist Principles of the Internet.
  • Build a network of feminist and queer activists, academics, internet rights experts and techies to identify collaborative strategies across movements.
  • Build capacity on engaging with human rights mechanisms and UN instruments to advance sexual rights and women’s human rights in relation to the internet.

The dialogue can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #imagineafeministinternet.

More information are available here.

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Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers


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