Recent publications: On gender and digital platforms

The 2013 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch)  “explores women’s rights and gender through the lens of information and communications technologies (ICTs). It includes a series of expert thematic reports on issues such as access to infrastructure, participation, online disobedience, and sexuality online.”

The complete edition can be downloaded here.

GISWatch is an annual report published by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (Hivos).


Issue 18 of the journal Feminist Africa published in 2013 is themed “e-spaces and e-politics”. 

Jennifer Radloff in the editorial notes that “as access and use of the internet mirror the sex/gender, class and other power dynamics offline, so do the violations. State control, censorship, surveillance, invasion of privacy, curtailment of freedom of expression and association, and violence against women are some of the issues that internet rights organisations are taking up, and which United Nations structures are also attempting to address”.

Radloff underlines the place of this latest edition in “offering perspectives on the implications of global digitisation that emerge out of feminist praxis across the [African] continent; keeping pace with the rapid expansion of cyberfeminism by presenting the latest on African women’s ongoing and remarkable contribution to this global arena.”

The current and past issues of Feminist Africa are  accessible here.  

Feminist Africa is published by the African Gender Institute (University of Cape Town) and its Strengthening Gender & Women's Studies for Africa's Transformation Project.

Tags: Africa, ICTs

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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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