At the cutting edge: TBTT campaigner Francoise Mukuku in DRC

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Tarryn Booysen
South Africa

Take Back The Tech! celebrates 10 years of working with grassroots movements around the world to take control of technology to end violence against women. Throughout the year Take Back the Tech! (TBTT) has mini campaigns, however the biggest is 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 – December 10 each year). Campaigners from all around the globe join in with creative and strategic actions to explore different aspects of violence against women (VAW) and information communication technology (ICT). The campaign calls on all ICT users to take control of technology and strategically use any ICT platform at hand for activism against gender-based violence.

Si Jeunesse Savait (SJS) is a young feminist group which was established in 2001. They are based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and have been part of the TBTT campaigning for many years. SJS works on the issue of violence and its connection to ICTs. They know what access to the technologies can do for people especially in Africa. Technology can be a very powerful tool that provides relevant information and supports the healing process. The local Take Back the Tech! Campaign in the DRC is carried out in French. Previous campaign activities by SJS include:

  • Blogs on the net
  • radio and TV broadcast programs
  • participation in the campaigns of the various associations in schools, women’s businesses, villages.

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