Slogans like ‘Don’t stop your daughter from going out.
Drawing on findings from APC’s MDG3: Take Back the Tech!i project with women’s rights organisations in twelve countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, this paper explores the links between the internet, cell phones and violence against women and illustrates that technology related violence impacts women as seriously as other forms of violence.
The Express Tribune has named 5 Take Back the Tech! campaigners as among the most influential “Twitterati” in Pakistan. Thanks to the MDG3 funding, these women are using ICTs to raise the visibility of violence against women on and offline.
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One women was raped and another beaten in Pakistan. Both electronic media and law enforcing agencies, rather than respecting the survivors’ privacy, publicly identified them by their names and gave irrelevant information about them (that they were returning from a ‘dance party’ at 2:00 am), reinforcing the ‘she asked for it’ mindset. The rape survivor withdrew her case. Read the open letter that Take Back the Tech Pakistan wrote to Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh, one of the authorities harmed the survivor’s reputation.
“I used to think that computers are only for those people who are educated and are in big offices in Kampala but today I have realized that I can also use a computer,” said Kintu Solome, who received training in ICT skills at a workshop led by APC partner Isis WICCE in Uganda 15-19 November. Isis-WICCE was awarded a small grant from APC Women’s Networking Support Programme’s (WNSP) Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project to hold the training.
From stop-animation to digital recordings and interactive websites; discussions about abortion and reproductive rights to government legislation regarding violence against women; women and their organisations will learn to use ICTs in order to prevent the spread of violence against women. Five innovative projects that work with women and ICTs will receive funding through the APC women’s programme’s Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project.
Take Back The Tech! partners with the “Violence is Not our Culture” global campaign to mark this year’s International Day on Women Human Rights Defenders and the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women (VAW) . On 29 November 2010, we join hands in solidarity and call for all of our campaigners and allies in different parts of the world to support the work of women human rights defenders in demanding an end to violence against women justified in the name of “culture”, “religion” or “tradition”.