In the second episode of Feminist Digital Futures, Marwa Azelmat joins us for a conversation to share her imagination of feminist social media. Marwa touches upon the importance of the internet as a political space, why we need to enable women and marginalized communities to use technology safely, and the value of looking at locally informed approaches to platform design and governance to make social media more equitable and accessible for all.

Episode Navigation
00:10: Introduction
00:47: About Marwa
02:38: How gender and other identities affect experiences of the online sphere
05:37: Why equal access to and participation in social media is a feminist issue
09:31: Marwa’s vision of a feminist social media
14:29: How platform design and governance needs to change, from a feminist and Global South perspective
20:00: Opinions on platform attempts to regulate content
25:37: Conclusion

Marwa Azelmat joined the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) as a Policy Advocacy Coordinator of the Women’s Rights Programme. Marwa’s work consists of ensuring that policy discussions and processes related to digital rights integrate gender, women’s rights and sexual rights concerns. Among other things, Marwa has extensive experience in meaningful youth engagement in internet-related governance and decision-making spaces, and is currently chairing Transform Health’s Data Policy Circle researching best data governance practices in the health field from an intersectional lens. Marwa’s activism journey was captured in the AU-UN Commemorative Book on UNSCR 1325, titled “20 Years 20 Stories”, as one of 20 African women who have made an outstanding contribution in their fields to the broader Women, Peace, and Security agenda. Marwa holds a Master’s of Arts specializing in Human Rights Law and an IT Engineering degree.

Hosted by: Tanvi Kanchan
Research and conceptualization: Nandini Chami & Tanvi Kanchan
Post-production: Tanvi Kanchan
Podcast artwork by: Harmeet Rahal

This podcast series has been produced as part of the Feminist Digital Justice project, a joint policy research and advocacy initiative of IT for Change and DAWN (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era). The series is co-supported by the World Wide Web Foundation.