Digitalisation and Gender

WIDE+ Resources “Feminist Perspectives on the Digital Economy”

  • WIDE+ workshop: ‘Trade, digital Economy and Women’s access to Decent work’, at the WTO Public Forum, Friday 11 October 2019, listen online.
  • The Webinar: “Does the digital economy promote women’s rights? Unpacking the myths!” was held Wednesday 18 September, 2019 and the presentations and audio can be viewed: https://youtu.be/9kpUuVuZKMs

“The Deal we Always Wanted, a Feminist Action Framework for the Digital Economy”, Launched by FES Working Group with WIDE+ as member

The global Working Group on Feminist Visions of the Future of Work by FES, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, has recently published its conclusions analyzing the digital economy from a feminist perspective, after one and a half year of collaborating. WIDE+ has been part of this collective reflection, as member of this working group. The document is not just a publication; it offers an accessible roadmap into understanding what it is all about in the ‘new’ economy brought forward by online technologies and artificial intelligence.

Actually there is nothing new in terms of how it incorporates gender and other inequalities for women as workers, consumers and citizens. It is a feminist action framework on the digital economy that can create new visions and sustainable pathways. It challenges also the status quo and recognises the injustices of digital capitalism as a global paradigm that is sustained through a neo-colonial ideology. With this framework we want to identify and address the extractivism, exploitation and exclusion characteristic of our time, as reflected in the intersections of gender, class, race, caste and other such markers of power and dominance.

https://www.fes.de/lnk/the-deal-we-always-wanted

Other Resources “Feminist perspectives on the Digital Economy”

Resources Digital Safety for Feminists

These resources were prepared for an online workshop provided by Spideralex from Donestech in Spain in 2021 for our members of the migration and gender working group: Workshop-Digital-safety-WIDE-2021 (English), Taller-Seguridad-WIDE-2021 (Spanish).

Organizations providing emergency and rapid response support or funds to Human Rights Defender facing digital emergencies:

Helpline de AccessNow:  https://www.accessnow.org/help-es/?ignorelocale (EN/ES)
Programa Defensoras Digitales: https://www.digitaldefenders.org/es/bienvenida/ (EN/ES)
Fondo de accion urgente latino america: https://fondoaccionurgente.org.co/ (ES)
Fondo respuesta rapida Derechos Digitales: https://www.derechosdigitales.org/sobre-el-fondo-derespuesta-rapida/ (ES)

Developing a digital safety Strategy + evaluation

For doing an evaluation of one’s digital safety in order to improve it, one can use below tools or this comprehensive tool including scan. Or read the slides for the workshop provided by Donestech to WIDE+ members.

Holistic security website

The Holistic security website is a gathering space for information on safety for human rights defenders. The purpose of the guide is to help human rights defenders take an organised approach, building strategies to maintain their well-being and creating space for activism and resistance, whether working alone, in small groups, collectives or organisations. It offers an intersectional approach to security, which takes into consideration all aspects of security – physical, psycho-social and digital, instead of treating each of them as separate and such that does not influence or affect others. The guide tries to integrate these aspects of security and highlight their interrelatedness.

Here are three chapters regarding security analysis relevant specifically for human rights defenders and their respective organisations. Find short summaries below of visit the website for more detailed information:

Holistic security – Vision, strategy and actors

The first important step for human rights defenders and their organisations is establishing vision and activities and thinking about problems, desired change, impact on communities and partners for action. After deciding on what to do, it is important to plan out how to do it. Environment is important when thinking about security, so it is important to study actors in the environment to be able to predict tolerance, acceptance or rejection of work. Knowing as much as possible about the environment enhances the ability of organisations to work safely. One of the ways of doing this is generating knowledge on all the actors and mapping their relationships. At the end of this, organisations should have a clear overview of their allies and opponents. On the website you can also find instructions and a guide for a visual exercise of actor mapping

Holistic security – Understanding and cataloguing information

In order to get a complete idea of our security situation, it is important to take account of information as an important asset which is produced and used at work and also to understand how information relates to security. Information, such as products of work, operational information, personal information of members and data generated by work, can be stored and if accessed involuntarily, can give opponents a comprehensive picture of the organisation’s actions and relationships. Holistic security also created an exercise about the information ecosystem.

Holistic security: Identifying and analyzing threats 

The most detailed and important tool of security diagnosis is threat analysis. Threat in this case refers to any potential event or occurrence which would cause harm to individuals or organisations and their work. Threat analysis includes naming specific threats, prioritizing them according to their likelihood and potential impact and analyzing their potential causes and consequences in detail. All this should help identify and develop specific tactics to prevent them or respond appropriately.

Holistic security offers many exercises, such as threat brainstorm, reflecting on perceiving threats and making a threat inventory for organisations to carry out a detailed analysis, find gaps in their practices and strategize for further, safer action.

 

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