Feminist e-Knowledges Programme

The AGI’s Feminist e-Knowledges programme started running in 2012 and so far, several activities have taken place in the programme. These include a research on young women's experiences with e-spaces, collaborations with feminist activists located in NGOs on an online advocacy campaign as well as in hosting a public intellectual dialogue on sexuality online. Two journal articles will be published in the course of 2013. For more information on the above-mentioned activities as well as programme activities for 2013, please click on the specific areas of work listed below.

Feminist e-Knowledges Programme: Areas of Work


Partnership Building

Public Intellectual Dialogue

Capacity Building

Programme Objectives:

  • Deepening understanding of feminist e-activists' work in African contexts
  • Theorizing interactions between e-technologies and the production of gender
  • Strengthening the linkages between feminist e-activisms within NGO and movement spaces and the work of feminists within African higher education
  • Ensuring that e-space is understood as a vital political space for challenging intersectional inequities and injustices across the African continent
  • Strengthening local and regional experiences and activisms through global collaborations to broaden the knowledge base
  • Building capacity of local NGOs and movements through skills and strategies exchange to harness e-technologies for social change

Feminist e-Knowledges Programme Convenors:

Selina Mudavanhu has worked as a journalist as well as an activist in the area of media and gender. Selina is currently doing her PhD in Media Studies with the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. Selina enjoys telling stories using digital tools. She has used the methodology to tell personal stories as well as to articulate serious political issues (see the ‘Keep the Saartjie Baartman Centre open’ advocacy video and 'Saartjie Baartman Centre...more support needed' video).
Contact Details:
Tel: (+27) 21 650-4202
Email: selina.mudavanhu@uct.ac.za

Jennifer Radloff
is a feminist activist who has spent the past 15 years working with women’s rights activists in the creative and strategic use of ICTs for social change and women’s empowerment at local, regional and global levels. Her interests include feminist practices and politics of technology and using methodologies such as digital storytelling to facilitate people creating their own stories in their own voices and engaging with technologies in a meaningful way.
Contact Details:
Tel: (+27) 21 650-4204
Email: jennifer.radloff@uct.ac.za



Source: Mail & Guardian (1 April 2016)

By Helen Moffett 

Earlier this month, on a Nigerian feminist’s Twitter feed, I spotted men earnestly arguing the case for child brides. In 2016. On International Women’s Day. And once again, a question that’s been haunting me for decades started running like ticker tape across my mind: Why do men hate women so much?
It’s a question I’ve been wrestling with for many years. This time, I thought I might shake some new answers loose by investigating social media and the way it’s become a hall of mirrors that, while often distorting, nevertheless reflects the pervasiveness of global misogyny. READ MORE


The African Gender Institute warmly congratulates Dr Selina Mudavanhu (AGI e-Knowledges Projects Officer) for graduating from the University of Cape Town with a PhD in Media Studies. Selina graduated on the 12th of June 2015. In her thesis, Selina critically analyses discourses that occupied a position of dominance on the state owned radio station, Radio Zimbabwe in a time of crisis. She also examines the ways in which women listeners of the station engaged with radio and these hegemonic ideas. Congratulations once again Dr Mudavanhu!

Source: GenderIT.org (19 August 2014)

An evolving document: Developed at the Gender, Sexuality and the Internet Meeting organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (13-15 April 204, Malaysia) 

In April 2014, the Association for Progressive Communications, APC, organized a Global Meeting on Gender, Sexuality and the Internet in Port Dickson, Malaysia, bringing together 50 participants from six continents comprising gender and women’s rights activists, LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and intersex) movements, internet and technology rights organizations, and human rights advocates. The goal of the meeting was to bridge the gap between feminist movements and internet rights movements and look at intersections and strategic opportunities to work together as allies and partners. READ MORE



Source: Mail & Guardian (27 June 2014)

By Takura Zhangazha 

The recent arrest of Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi on charges of terrorism indicates foreboding times for the Zimbabwean media. This is despite Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Jonathan Moyo’s public commitment to “decriminalise” journalism. READ MORE


Radloff, J. 2013. Digital security as feminist practice, Feminist Africa 18: p145-155 READ ARTICLE

Radloff, J. 2013. Editorial: Feminist engagements with 21st-century communications technologyFeminist Africa 18: p1-11 READ EDITORIAL

Mudavanhu, S. 2013. “Sinking into oblivion? Ethnographic insights into the place of radio in the lives of women living in a rural community in Zimbabwe”, Feminist Africa 18: p68-77 READ ARTICLE

Feminist Africa 18: e-spaces : e-politics now available online! FA 18 explores feminist engagements with communications technology. Feminist Africa is Open access and all articles are available for download and sharing. READ ARTICLES.

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·         You are a nonprofit leader interested in using social media, but you don't know which platform to use or how to get started;

·         You would like to use social media in a more structured and strategic way;

·         You are trying to convince management to use social media in your organisation;

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