March is the month when people across the world celebrate International Women’s Day.
This year’s theme, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,” calls for the involvement of the experiences and insights of women and girls in the development of technology. With the aim to close-in gender gaps, the campaign hopes to mobilise beyond initiatives that focus on women–it seeks to overturn institutions and narratives that dictate the status quo.
EngageMedia has recently collaborated with women who are critical voices in the digital rights movement: Kyal Yi Lin Six, a documentary filmmaker who co-founded a digital rights organisation for in Myanmar; Shubha Kayastha of body & data, an organisation that focuses on the intersection of gender, sexuality and digital technology in Nepal; and Chinmayi SK of The Bachchao Project, a community that tackles solutions to issues on gender and technology in India.
In the absence of inclusive online infrastructure and policies for women, Kyal Yi, Shubha and Chinmayi have worked towards mobilising and educating women on their human rights, and how these rights are translated on the internet.
Envisioning a gender-balanced society, EngageMedia reiterates its unwavering commitment in establishing just and accessible spaces for everyone–we will continue working towards a feminist internet.