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Peter Kuthan / AZFA
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« on: November 25 2009 »

25 Nov - 10 Dec

From 25 November to 10 December, get ready to click your mouse, flex your SMS
fingers and engage full energy to take control of technology to end violence
against women.

APC's Womenís Programme calls on users of the radio, television, internet,
emails and mobile phones to Take Back the Tech!

//In Malaysia, women in the community are learning how to blog, and posting
their perceptions on violence against women in their own language// //In Mexico,
women's communication rights activists and journalists will take over Twitter
for 16 days of feminist tweeting on technology how-tos and against violence
against women// //In the Republic of Congo, students will write and perform a
play on violence against women and technology//

*What is the campaign about?*

Take Back the Tech!  is a collaborative campaign for anyone using the internet
and technology to protest violence against women (VAW). Initiated by APC's
women's programme (APC WNSP) in 2006, and built by a diverse movement of
individuals, organisations, collectives and communities, the campaign is part of
the UN-sanctioned 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence which begins
on November 25 each year.

It is our right to shape, define, participate, use and share knowledge,
information and technology, and to create digital spaces that are safe and
equal. Take Back the Tech! calls all users of information and communications
technologies (ICTs) especially girls and  women but also men and boys to take
control of technology and consciously use it to change unequal power relations.

Take Back the Tech! will be happening all over the world, including in
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),
Republic of  Congo, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa,
Uganda as part of APC WNSP's efforts to achieve Millenium development Goal 3 to
promote gender equality and empower women [ http://www.apcwomen.org/node/695 ].

www.TakeBackTheTech.net [ http://www.TakeBackTheTech.net ]

*How can you Take Back the Tech?*

*Spread the word*

State your stand and help us spread the word about the campaign. Send this
message on, change your email signature or status messages to point to the
campaign website, send a digital postcard, put the campaign banner on your site,
chalk it on a sidewalk, any creative ways you can think of to spread the word!
If you are on Twitter, tweet with us by using the hashtag: #takebackthetech. If
you are a blogger, ka-BLOG with us  Smiley  Spread the word by translating actions and
slogans in your local languages, and disseminating the campaign and its daily
actions through any of your online channels.

*16 daily actions*

Simple daily actions throughout the 16 days show how to use technology
strategically to counter VAW. From sending SMS, to making digital postcards,
learning a new software, playing with radio or remembering forgotten names in
the history of  IT development, you can take action with the tools and platforms
you have at hand. Check the campaign website during the 16 days to take part in
daily actions.

*Ka-BLOG with us*

Explore and broaden the knowledge around technology and internet and violence
against women by joining the Take Back the Tech! 16-day blogathon.

New to blogging? This is the perfect reason to start your own, or at least,
click that "comment" button to have your say. In Filipino slang, "ka-BLOG" means
someone you blog with, we can all blog together to raise awareness and help end
VAW. Tag your blog posts using Technorati tag: "takebackthetech", or register
your blog on the campaign website, or email us: ideas [at] takebackthetech [dot]
net. Join our movement to transform the blogosphere!

*Start a campaign*

Start your own Take Back the Tech! campaign. Independent and creative
initiatives to Take Back the Tech! are taking off in different parts of the
world, translating content and action to address local needs and priorities.

Use the campaign website to highlight your action, or find information and
resources. There are campaign kits,  images and graphics, tips on how to be safe
online, articles and links, available in English, Spanish and French.  If you
donít have an online publishing space, you can have your own page on the site.
Email us to let us know how we can support your action: ideas [at]
takebackthetech [dot] net.

*Digital stories, audiocasts & more*

Learn by listening to the experience and stories of women and men affected by
VAW. The campaign website will feature digital stories, audiocasts, video clips
and postcards. If you have something you would like to share, just log on to the
campaign site and submit your story.

*Suggest an action*

Help shape the campaign by sharing your experience and ideas. If you have
thoughts, email us or log on to the site, and make it part of the campaign.

Check www.TakeBackTheTech.net [ http://www.TakeBackTheTech.net ] daily from 25
November to 10 December, and take control of technology to end violence against

For more information: send an email to ideas [at] takebackthetech [dot] net

Join us on Facebook: [ http://apps.facebook.com/causes/40159 ]
Connect with other campaigners: [
http://lists.apcwomen.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/takebackthetech ]

Take Back the Tech! is an initiative of the APC Women's Networking Support
Programme (APC WNSP), a global network of women who support women's networking
for social change and women's empowerment through the use of information and
communication technologies (ICTs) especially internet, founded in 1993. The APC
WNSP is part of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC).
[ http://www.apcwomen.org/about/ ]
[ http://www.apc.org ]
MDG3: Strengthening women's strategic use of technology to combat violence
against women and girls  [ http://www.apcwomen.org/node/695 ] and [
http://www.apc.org/en/node/7892/ ]
Peter Kuthan / AZFA
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Posts: 819

« Reply #1 on: March 14 2010 »



In celebration of International Women's Day, 8 March 2010, the
Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) is launching its new website -
http://ftx.apcwomen.org/ The FTX is both a training initiative for
women's rights advocates and a community of feminist and technology
activists. The FTX was developed by the Association for Progressive
Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) in
response to calls from feminist and women's rights movements for
greater understanding of emerging technologies, their potential and
impact on the rights and lives of women.
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