Feminist Digital Justice

Feminist Digital Justice is a collaborative research and advocacy initiative of IT for Change and DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era). We aim to re-interpret the emerging techno-social paradigm from a Southern feminist standpoint. The project foregrounds debates at the intersection of enduring feminist concerns about gender justice and women’s human rights on the one hand, and emerging issues at the digital frontier on the other. It responds to the urgent need for Southern visions of transformative change in these times of paradigmatic shift, exhorting feminists from the South to engage with the political economy of data, and to use their knowledge and experience to re-frame the debates. In doing this, we seek to support and strengthen informed and cutting edge feminist analysis and action.

Project Outputs

1. Gender Equality in the Digital Economy: Emerging Issues

This is the first issue paper, co-written by Anita Gurumurthy, Nandini Chami and Cecilia Alemany, for Feminist Digital Justice. It outlines a strategic road map focusing on new legal­ institutional frameworks and data governance models to counter data extractivism and women’s exploitation while envisioning alternative data­-based development approaches that work for women from the South to carve out a new global social contract for the digital economy, founded upon feminist ethics. Read it here 

2. From Ill-Founded Delusions to Real Possibilities: An e­-Commerce Agenda for Women’s Empowerment

This is the second issue paper, co-written by Anita Gurumurthy and Nandini Chami, for Feminist Digital Justice. It takes a closer look at this e-commerce agenda, exploring its potential for furthering a global trade order that corresponds to feminist visions of economic and gender justice. Read it here.

3. A Feminist Future of Work in the Post-Pandemic Moment

This is the third issue paper, written by Anita Gurumurthy, for the Feminist Digital Justice. This paper discusses how the platform economy -- dominated by a few firms -- is extractivist, exploitative,and expedient. It is based on an unsustainable model with scant regard for natural resources; built on the back of a global division of labor that bears the marks of race, class, gender,and geography. It emphasizes the necessity of a new social contract, as if women matter, ensuring social and economic citizenship for women. Read it here.

4. Presentation on Understanding Data Capitalism

IT for Change's Khawla Zainab and Ankita Aggarwal made a presentation on Understanding Data Capitalism as part of a two-day workshop on Digitalisation and Women. The workshop, organized by World March of Women, saw feminist activists from across countries coming together to discuss issues such as digitalisation and women's labor, discrimination and inequalities regarding algorithms, data extractivism and artificial intelligence, digital violence, digitalism and feminist activism. Watch the workshop here.


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