Our Data, Our Rights

A feminist review of AI, privacy and data protection to enhance digital rights

Are we all equal in the eyes of AI? What are the opportunities and challenges for marginalised groups in Society with Artificial Intelligence? What control do we have over our data as personal information is collected, stored and processed in the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? What can be done to ensure social justice for marginalised communities?

Through the eyes of a feminist, the intersections of Artificial intelligence, privacy and data protection are explored in the context of South Africa.The context of gendered marginalisation of women, gender diverse people and sexual minorities forms the basis of understanding the data concerns.  

AI and gender; feminist methodology and policy are assessed from a feminist perspective to develop recommendations for gender responsive policy and regulations and action from the civil society for engagement on data rights.

The project was made possible with funding from Mozilla as part of the 2019/2020 Tech Policy fellow award.

AI and Gender

A documentation of AI and gender harms and a mapping of AI uptake in South Africa

Feminist Methodology

A walk through the feminist approach to the research

Policy Recommendations

The policy questions and recommendations for AI


Chenai's bio

Chenai Chair is a digital policy and gender researcher with extensive experience in work that is focused on understanding the impact of technology in society in order to better public interest in policy. 

She is a 2019/2020 Mozilla Tech Policy fellow and her project focuses on assessing the adequacy of data protection and privacy regulation in Africa. Keeping in line with her objectives as a feminist researcher, her work centres on gender and data justice perspectives.

The project will contribute to framing the impact of innovating technology on the human rights of African citizens, particularly at the intersection of technology and policy. It will also lead to insights on achieving a healthier internet by filling a critical knowledge gap that exists at the intersection of technology and policy in relation to data governance in Africa.

Chenai’s previous work has included research on ICT access and use issues from a youth perspective, net neutrality and zero rating and unpacking the gendered digital divide through a feminist perspective. She has supported organisations working on understanding digital ID issues in Zimbabwe and occasionally writes for GenderIT on her experiences as a feminist researcher. 

Along with being a Mozilla Fellow, Chenai serves as Research Manager focused on Gender and Digital Rights at the World Wide Web Foundation.


Thank you to everyone who supported this project through participation, ideation, design, support and joy in imagining an African Feminist Internet future.

Illustrations by Lisa Chivanga

Logo by Mdabuko Magdlela