Is it still possible to imagine a debate on a feminist internet within the context of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)? This question has been resounding since the last session of the CSW took place in March 2015.

The exclusion of women’s rights activists from both the negotiation of the political declaration and the CSW Methods of Work resolution resulted in the failure of the Commission to confront the real challenges that women and girls around the world face. Women and the media is one of those imperative issues. Twenty years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and Section J on women and the media, a comprehensive and up-to-date recognition of the critical role that the media and ICTs play in both advancing and stifling women’s rights is still in the pipeline.

We hope you find this edition useful, with its analysis of what happened around Section J at the 59th session of the CSW, as well as what did not happen, and ideas on how to strategise around this space in the future.

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How technology issues impact women’s rights: 10 points on Section J

APC's advocacy for the re-prioritisation of Section J at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women asks governments to recognise the critical role that the media and ICT play in both advancing and stifling women's rights. At the same time, it is vital that women's rights activists and organisations examine how ICT affects their work and take up Section J demands.
To that end, 10 Points on Section J describes ICT's growing impact on a variety of issues related to women's rights, from access and agency to economics and ecology. Learn more about each of the 10 issues and related demands and draw on this resource as you work to inject gender equality into all aspects of media and technology, increasing women's ability to fully enjoy their rights online and off.

From impunity to justice: Exploring corporate and legal remedies for technology-related violence against women

A new series of reports by the Association for Progressive Communications presents findings from a multi-country research project on technology-related violence against women (VAW). The research – which reveals a lack of access to justice for survivors – highlights the voices and experiences of women who have faced technology-related VAW and sought justice through state agencies and internet intermediaries.

Feminist Principles of the Internet

Over three days, the participants discussed and debated intersections of gender, sexuality, and the internet – not only as a tool – but as a new public space. In thinking through these issues, the participants at the meeting developed a set of *15 feminist principles of the internet*. These are designed to be an evolving document that informs our work on gender and technology, as well as influences our policy-making discussions when it comes to internet governance.