Feminist Digital Disruption during the Covid-19 Pandemic | Our Voices, Our Choices
As Covid-19 disrupts lives and societies across the globe, we talk to feminist activists about its intersection with gender and race. We hear how they’ve quickly adapted their digital practices, not only to circumvent the limitations of stay-at-home measures, but also as a means to tackle the virus’s impact on existing gender and racial inequalities. We hear how a Lebanese digital security expert has created a safe space for women and trans folks by ditching new technology for old and launching a lockdown radio station. We talk to activists from Brazil, India and Uruguay about their initiative to make the internet mirror all its users as the pandemic shifts our lives online. And we hear how social media is being used in Kenya to teach coding to girls whose access to computers has been curtailed by lingering lockdown measures. (A Podcast by Esme Nicholson)
Participants: Mariana Fossatti, Abir Ghattas, Linda Kamau, Anasuya Sengupta, Adele Vrana.
Editors: Gitanjali More, Katharina Prott and Christoph Mayer
Feminist participatory radio
The campaign to make the internet less white, less straight, less male and less Global North in origin
Teaching girls who've never used a computer how to code
Illustration: CC BY NC ND 4.0 Arinda Craciun
This series hands the microphone to people whose voices don’t often get heard - people now making choices which don’t conform to laws or customs - or whose views have long been disregarded, even censored. Its about communities fighting for basic human rights and its about the diverse tools of their struggles. We discover how women are securing their rights through political protest, we look in detail at women’s reproductive rights and we go into LGBT communities worldwide.