APC WRP are hosting Making a Feminist internet : Movement Building in a digital age in Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa from 28 to 31 October, 2019. This convening follows a global MFi hosted in Malaysia in 2017 and a regional MFi hosted in Central and Eastern Europe. 60 African feminists, women’s rights, sexual right, internet rights activists, artists, researchers, writers, content creators, grassroots, community-based organisers and activists living in Africa or the diaspora, are gathering to exchange, explore, create and imagine around movement building in the digital age in Africa. Click through to read more.
On 4 & 5 December 2018, as part of Take Back the Tech campaign in support of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, APC is hosting a two day Content Carnival. The aim is to facilitate collective knowledge and story sharing in order to populate the Feminist Principles of the Internet website with diverse voices, perspectives, and fresh and relevant resources that can hopefully broaden conversations and deepen understanding of the FPIs. We hope you can join us! Click through for more info.
On 25 November 2018, the first day of the 16 Days of Activism, a small conversation was held at Malaysia Design Archive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to introduce the Feminist Principles of the Internet to the attendees and to discuss our experiences as Malaysians / women / citizens / people / feminists / etc online. It was moderated by Syar S. Alia with support from APC. Click through for more details and documentation from the event.
To respond to the emerging reality of how Internet technologies have become stitched into the landscape of our organising and politics of engagement, the Association for Progressive Communications collaborated with Mamacash, CREA, FRIDA, Urgent Action Fund, Astraea and AWID to organise a 4-day convening in 2017 to bring together actors who are differently located within movement building work to reflect, question, imagine and create by asking ourselves and each other.
In 2016 Point of View, in partnership with local organisations hosted two City Conversations. One in Mumbai, with 34 participants and second in Delhi. The Mumbai conversation explored the links between pornography, gender, sexuality and freedom of speech. The Delhi conversation was in partnership with CREA and called TANGLED LIKE WOOL! It focused entirely on online pornography, which was an historic first in India. Each meeting was a daylong one, held in partnership with a local organization, who mobilised participants and helped develop the agenda.
In the last week of July 2017, Zimbabwe held its first Harare City Conversation, collaboratively facilitated by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and feminist organisations Her Zimbabwe and Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL). Participants for this particular conversation included feminists in journalism, visual art, internet rights activism, digital security, movement building, as well as sex and sexuality rights activism.
On 27 April 2017 the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos (APDH) hosted a City Conversation on the FPI’s in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Speakers and organisations were from Buenos Aires, Rosario and Córdoba. Participants explored the FPI principles of Access, movement building, amplifying feminist discourse, freedom of expression, anonymity, privacy, online violence. Participants were from a variety of organisations, genders and ages.
This workshop was held in February 2017 in partnership with Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre and Women'sNet. Participants came from sectors such as sex work, LGBTIQ, rural health workers and the teaching community. The 2-day gathering focused on the FPI Cluster of Agency with much discussion on the high cost of mobile data. The ICT Toolkit for Feminist Movement building was used as a training too.
On 26 January 2017 in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, One world Platfrom and feminist online media ŽenskaposlaBA, organised a City Conversation on the FPIs. After an overview of the framework of the FPIs, the clusters of Access, Movement Building and Agency were discussed - with a focus on the principles of access to the internet, access to information, amplifying women’s narratives - as well as Anonymity and Children and Youth.
APC organized a pre-event at the 13th AWID International Forum on September 7, 2016: (Re)Coding Power: Hacking, Occupying And Creating A Feminist Internet. Over 80 women's rights activists from around the globe joined this event. Read all about it here. Chitra Nagarajan also wrote an opinion piece summarizing the discussion highlights from this forum.