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Most influential Twitterati in Pakistan include 5 working to end violence against women

MONTEVIDEO 22 July 2011 (APC for APCNews)


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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VAW in Pakistan: finding solutions

ISLAMABAD 19 July 2011 (JA for TBTT)

Raahnuma.org was one of the winners of the Take Back the Tech! Fund. They provide support and resources for anyone who is suffering abuse, including where they can find medical, psychological and legal help.

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Take Back the Tech! allows abused women to unburden in Pakistan: But what next?

LAHORE 12 July 2011 (APC for GenderIT.org)

Denouncing sexual abuse in Pakistan is a risky move. But after over six years of abuse by her biological father, a young woman who attended an APC Take Back the Tech! workshop in Peshawar could contain herself no more.

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World Press Freedom Day - Take Back the Tech! to defend your right to communicate

MEXICO CITY 29 April 2011 (TBTT)

On May 3 join a global day of action to defend our right to share information and opinions freely online – and be our own media!

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Cambodian villagers take back the tech to end violence against their neighbours

AUSTIN 28 April 2011 (KB for APCNews)


In Cambodia women are traditionally considered subordinate to men and violence a socially acceptable way to resolve domestic conflicts. Now a grassroots group has brought together the locals and police in 25 villages using education, mobile phones and ham radios to break the silence that keeps violence against women a terrible family secret as part of APC’s Take Back the Tech!

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I Can Stalk U - Raising awareness about inadvertent information sharing

4 April 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

The aptly named icanstalku.com attempts to expose the dangers inherent in posting information — in this case pictures — online in a rather unconventional way: the site regularly updates its news feed with individuals’ user names and locations, all gleaned from photos posted to Twitter.

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Panel Discussion - Take Back the Tech!: Reclaiming Technology for Women's Rights

Location: 
Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
Date and time: 
Feb 25 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

APC women's programme staff in 2009 Photo: APCAPC women’s programme staff in 2009 Photo: APC

Join the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme in a panel discussion – ‘Take Back the Tech!: Reclaiming Technology for Women’s Rights’.

In Lesotho rural women are using cell phones to access prices and form agricultural co-ops.

Irresponsible Pakistani media and authorities violates rape victim's privacy

ISLAMABAD 21 December 2010 (TakeBackTheTech Pakistan)

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.

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Malaysian women explore how ICTs can help end violence against women

KUALA LUMPUR 29 November 2010 (Persantuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower) for APC WNSP)

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.

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Culture is no excuse for violence:Take Back the Tech! partners with Violence is Not Our Culture

KUALA LUMPUR 28 November 2010 (Violence is Not Our Culture for APC WNSP)

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”.

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