Latin America & the Caribbean
APC statement: Venezuelan reforms must not affect human rights and freedom of expression on the internet
“Yo elijo a mi pareja” (I choose my partner) say women of all ages, shapes, sizes and sexual orientation in the FTX video, created by participants at the Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) in Mexico in July 2010. Videos are now up on YouTube!
After Maria Rocha attended an APC Feminist Tech Exchange she set up a Facebook profile for Primorosa Preciosura – her organisation’s “safe house” for people of diverse sexualities. She didn´t really know what the benefits might be but wanted to try out some of the skills she had learned at the workshop. Months later she was at the United Nations in New York representing lesbian and trans women from the heartland of Argentina’s conservative Catholic North.
In one of Colombia’s war-torn areas, women are documenting their testimonies of violence and creating short radio programmes about their life and experiences; meanwhile, in Bogotá’s urban areas, displaced women are learning how to conduct online awareness campaigns about violence against women; and members of the lesbian, gay and transgendered community are using web2.0 to advocate for peaceful, non-violent relationships. The Take Back the Tech! Fund will sponsor eight organisations that work with women and ICT to help put an end to violence against women.
APC member in Rosario Argentina, Nodo Tau, has been working to help marginalised communities access ICTs for fifteen years. But they do not stop at access – Nodo Tau believes that technologies can change people’s lives, and that technology has its place on the road towards social justice. On behalf of the APC, we wish to congratulate you on your hard work and invite our readers to learn more about Nodo Tau’s work. Photo: Telecentre in Rosario
Seed grants of $5000 USD are being disbursed to four Mexican non governmental organisations to help end violence against women. The projects work with women and girls from as young as fourteen in Mexico City, Morelos and indigenous communities in Oaxaca. The four projects, which were selected from over 50 applicants, will make videos using cell phones, podcasts and blogs.
When Espacios de la Mujer which runs three day women´s centres for victims of violence on the outskirts of Buenos Aires first became involved in APC’s Take Back the Tech! Campaign last year they confessed to having no idea about ICTs or what value they could have. And they made mistakes including trying to teach their staff how to use a computer using one computer and a projector! However as they got involved with ICTs they began to see how the training started to get women at the three refuges talking to each other and reviewing and strengthening their identity and mission. Now they are using their Take Back the Tech! Fund to produce their website for use by other local activists working in the community who need to know more about violence prevention and treatment of victims. Read about the other Argentinian fund winners.
In Brazil’s major centres Recife/Pernambuco, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo women who have been victims of violence will receive ICT training through a seed grant programme set up by the APC’s Women’s Networking Support Programme (WNSP) as a part of it’s work on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG3): Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women. Seed grants of about 2800 US dollars will be distributed to grassroots women’s organisations in Brazil who are using technology to end violence against women. The six winning organisations vary from legal groups, to black women’s groups, to lesbian and graffiti groups through virtual libraries, videos, radio and other means.
This guide was developed by The Association for Progressive Communications APC for the project Impact 2.0 – New mechanisms for linking research and policy. The development was supported by Fundación Comunica2. The guide is aimed towards providing the national focal points in Peru, Uruguay and Ecuador with guidelines for how Web 2.0 tools can be used to facilitate participatory policy making process.
The main issues that the guide addresses are:
- How researchers can effectively and strategically use new information and communication technologies (ICTs), specifically Web 2.0 tools, to publish and publicise their research processes and findings so that they can reach policy makers and activists.
- How researchers can use Web 2.0 tools to establish links with policy makers and other stakeholders involved in their issues.
- How researchers can use Web 2.0 tools to encourage discussion and / or debate on issues based on their research findings.
The document is available in hybrid pdf format – you can view it in pdf viewer or open and edit in OpenOffice if you have this OpenOffice plug-in installed (one click install after clicking on “Get It!”).
A new publication which tells the story of a small grants programme that has awarded seed funding to grassroots groups to introduce or increase the use of ICTs to improve women’s livelihoods and status in agricultural and rural parts of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific for almost a decade has just been published.