Event reports

A pre-consultation meeting was organised in Bangalore in January 2017 to review our discussion paper: Technology-mediated violence against women in India. How can we strengthen existing legal-institutional response mechanisms? A group of feminist scholars and practitioners came together at this meeting to debate the questions raised by it this paper, and brainstorm on strategic directions to take forward on the issue of technology-mediated violence against women.

The annual conference of the Majlis Legal Centre - Negotiating Spaces - chose to analyse the various facets, impacts and internal contradictions of on-line spaces, through a gender lens. AAnita made a presentation on ‘What's happening today to women's rights and citizenship?’, focusing on the network- data complex and its implications for women’s citizenship.

IT for Change in partnership with Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan and ANANDI, conducted a three day course titled 'Re-Wiring Women's Rights Debates in the Digital Age' with support from IDRC, Canada and UN women Fund for Gender Equality.

The course brought together women's rights advocates – research scholars and practitioners, in a dialogic space.

Day 1

Session 1: Living in a Networked World What does it mean for Women's Rights?

A conversation with

World-over, technology mediated violence against women is growing to be a serious social problem. Women’s full and free participation in digital spaces presupposes a safe online environment, but going online seem to be fraught with the risk of violence for women. Governments, especially in countries in the global South, are yet to bring their laws and institutions up-to-speed, to effectively respond to this issue.

IT for Change and Azim Premji University (APU) organized a course titled, The Gendered Digital in the Network Society, on 3rd and 4th February 2017, which was supported by the Genderlogues program of the India office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES).

IT for Change along with Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Digital Empowerment Foundation, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan and the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) organized a workshop on "Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age", between November 14-15th 2016, in New Delhi.

IT for Change, supported by Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the World Wide Web Foundation (WWW), organised a workshop on ‘What are people’s rights in the Digital World? - Moving towards a digital social contract’ (4th-5th December, Bengaluru). The aim of this workshop was to bring together experts and thought leaders around India from different civil society sectors, to evolve a shared vision of human rights with respect to the digital realm.

This is a report on the event by Parminder Jeet Singh who attended as a civil society member of the official delegation of India

A workshop on 'Regulating the Internet in public interest - Net neutrality and other issues' was organised by IT for Change at the India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi on May 2, 2015. The aim of the workshop was to engage with progressive actors on the key policy area of net neutrality. Following this workshop, IT for Change, developed a comprehensive response to the consultation paper by TRAI on the issue.

The workshop photos can be accessed here

Anita Gurumurthy represented IT for Change at the International Conference on “Labouring Women: Some Major Concerns at the Current Juncture” organised by the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from 31st July to 1st August, 2014.