All Regions pushing barriers to give the voiceless a voice

Pakistan, a website launched by Pakistani journalists and activists Sana Saleem and Naveen Naqvi and an MDG3 Fund small grants initiative, aims to archive digital stories of abuse, survival and resistance.

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

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Feb 25 2011




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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.

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Ford Foundation conference sheds light on internet freedom


The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported the Ford Foundation is advocating that the internet is not merely a way to help further social change, but is integral to making that change happen.

EROTICS: Exploratory research on sexuality and the internet (executive summary)

By Jac sm Kee et al (February 2011, APC )

By limiting access to internet, claiming to avoid obscenity and preserve gender and sexual norms, governments are actually preventing communities from exercising their rights and freedoms. The growing practice of regulation may have an impact in how people learn about sexuality and express it – especially the most affected by regulation, women and people of diverse sexualities. APC’S EROTICS conducted research in five countries: Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the United States. The EROTICS issue paper contains executive summaries for each country as well as an incisive introduction by EROTICS coordinator, Jac sm Kee.

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New report on climate change as a strategic priority for ICT4D organisations


The recent literature review of information and communications technologies(ICTs), climate change and development by Angelica Ospina and Richard Heeks points to a clear role for civil society organisations at many levels of climate change response, including advocacy, information dissemination, helping local communities adapt, and providing a voice for affected people.

Malaysia workshop trains women to fight violence using ICTs


In January, Lina Soo, a MDG3 small grant winner, in collaboration with APC partner EMPOWER, held a two-day workshop called “ICTs and Cyber Violence Against Women” in Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia to raise awareness of violence against women using ICTs.

First online petition by Pakistan development sector: Lobbies govt on violence against women

14 February 2011 (KB for APCNews)

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Women survivors of domestic violence in Pakistan have long endured twofold abuse – not only at home but by a government that does not protect them. In 2009 there was hope the government would step up to protect women from domestic violence – the National Assembly passed the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, but the bill expired after the Senate failed to pass it. However, a Pakistani women’s rights organisation is working to reintroduce the bill in parliament – through the use of information and communication technology, and after training from APC.

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APC’s Take Back the Tech! video is UN Women's "video of the week"

AUSTIN, TX 9 February 2011 (KB for APCNews)

APC’s ‘What can you do to end violence against women? Take Back The Tech!’ video is the featured video on the United Nations’ Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign this week.

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Pakistan acid attack survivor's digital story runner-up for Red Cross award

AUSTIN, TX 8 February 2011 (KB for APCNews)

“Her story might have daunted me but her strength and courage overwhelmed and even empowered me … I was impressed by how she had taken the bold step of coming forward, taking her life in control and deciding what was best for her,” said Sana Masood in a digital story she created about an acid attack survivor at an APC Feminist Tech Exchange workshop in Pakistan, and which recently won an award in the International Red Cross’ “Young Reporter” competition.

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Have your say: Live streaming event at the World Social Forum in Dakar

DAKAR 8 February 2011 (LC for May First/People Link)

In light of this year’s World Social Forum in Dakar Senegal, APC member Mayfirst/People Link is teaming up with IndyMedia Africa and will be hositing live events via the Indymedia convergence centre for those who can not attend the Forum in person. Media activists from over 10 African countries will give their impressions on what’s going on, and respond to the questions of others around the world. Live streams of the events take place on Tuesday 8 February at 7:00 pm (EST) and on Thursday 10 February at 7:00 pm (EST). Find out more about the events.

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