Claiming governance spaces: from Gender and Internet Governance Exchange to Africa Internet Governance Forum

Originally published in GenderIT.org . The Association for Progressive Communications’ Caroline Tagny interviewed Chenai Chair, a participant of the Africa Gender and Internet Governance Exchange, on her experience. Chenai Chair is a researcher with Research ICT Africa. She holds an MSocSci specialising in global studies, and a BSocSci in gender studies and industrial relations from…

EROTICS, activism and feminist porn

Orginally publish in GenderIT.org . Caroline Tagny interviewed Rohini Lakshané, who used to work with EROTICS India, and Sheena Magenya, from the Coalition of African Lesbians during the Global meeting on gender, sexuality and the internet in April 2014 to ask them how they understand pornography from their respective contexts, and how do they engage…

Erotics: Sexuality, freedom of expression and online censorship

I’ve bee published recently in Feminist Africa. Fom GenderIT.org: Enter Feminist Africa 18 – offering a unique perspective to independent public discourse on the implications of global digitisation, presenting African perspectives that emerge out of feminist praxis across the continent. This issue follows up on issue 17 (Researching Sexuality with Young Women: Southern Africa, 2012),…

Feminist Digital Activism in Africa

I am currently helping on researching case studies for a toolkit that JASS (Just Associates) Southern Africa is undertaking as part of their mission of sustaining feminist movement building and organising. Since JASS is working mostly in southern Africa, we’ve tried to focus on examples coming from the region, we’ve included the crowd-mapping platform HarrassMap…

Mobile phones and activism in Africa

In the ongoing process of researching for my MA thesis, I’ve been most recently interested by how mobile phones are used in a context of activism, for advocacy, organisation or mobilisation purposes. Published in 2010, SMS Uprising: Mobile Activism in Africa, edited by Sokari Ekine, brings an interesting collection of case studies an essays. Some…

Keywords & more references

So I’ve submitted my thesis proposal recently. While procrastinating, I stumbled upon this website that lets you make word clouds out of a piece of text. To try it out I entered my proposal to see what keywords it would drag out. Interesting to see what the ‘project’ looks like visually. At the moment, I’m…

COP17 – Global Day of Action in pictures

I’m reposting here a blog post I wrote for Climate Change and Women. I was recently attending the events around COP17 and C17 in Durban with Women’sNet doing a workshop with women community journalists on integrating online tools to cover the event. As I was facilitating the workshop I had little time to produce content…

Reading list: feminism, technology, activism

It’s back to school for me. After the long process of administrative bullshit to get all my papers in order to register, I’m finally starting my MA in Media Studies at Wits. I just finished the first step in preparing my literature review for my MA proposal. I just thought I would share a little…

Women’s voices through technology

This is a blog post I prepared for Women’s Net in collaboration with Fanisa Masia. I’m reposting it here. Following the Jules High School Case, Women’s Net organized a seminar to advocate for the end of violence against women through technology. On 17 August, Women’s Net hosted a public seminar in partnership with Media Monitoring…

Jules High School & cyberbullying

I’ve recently started to volunteer with Women’s Net, a South African organisation ” that works to advance gender equality and justice in South Africa,  through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)”. I first got to know the organisation online as a member of the APC (Association for Progressive Communication), and I was particularly…