APCNews 131 – Anti-violence-against-women & ICT fund winners, transgender & Facebook- 11/08/10

APCNews – November 08 2010 – Year XI Issue 131
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
From 25 Nov to 10 Dec, the Take Back The Tech! Campaign (www.takebackthetech.net) calls on women and men to take control of technology to protect the right to freedom of expression and information. Since it began in 2006, people in more than 30 countries have used the internet and other technology to fight violence against women. This year more than sixty new women’s rights groups —winners of the Take Back the Tech!Fund (http://www.apc.org/en/node/11239/) — will join the campaign. Grant winners include a group of young black lesbians in South Africa who are documenting violence against lesbian women and monitoring reported court cases. Hate crimes against lesbians is a huge but almost invisible issue in South Africa. This is part of APC’s work towards achieving the third Millennium Development Goal on equality for women. Find out more about the Take Back the Tech! Fund winners from Argentina, Brazil, Congo, Mexico, South Africa and seven other countries.


Take Back the Tech! 2010 Explore technology! Defend women’s rights!

KUALA LUMPUR (APC WNSP for APC) – The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and degrading images in online spaces are aimed at women. As more and more women go online using computers and mobile phones, many are silenced through acts of violence, sexism and censorship. From November 25 to December 10 Take Back The Tech! (www.takebackthetech.net) calls on women and men to take control of technology to protect the right to freedom of expression and information. Join the movement and get creative!

Transgender women use Facebook to lobby UN

BUENOS AIRES (KAH for APCNews) – 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.

Ecuadorian Valeria Betancourt to lead APC’s policy programme

MONTEVIDEO (KAH for APCNews) – Last month Valeria Betancourt was named the third most influential person in internet public policy in Latin America in a survey carried out by a well-known ICT policy and research think-tank (www.dirsi.net). She also became APC’s policy manager taking over from South African Willie Currie (http://www.apc.org/en/node/11208/), after leading our policy work in Latin America since 2001.

Open video films struggle of most marginalised people in Malaysia
SARAWAK (Andrew Garton for APCNews) — On October 23 2007 the Headman of Penan Village in the remote Malaysian state of Sarawak left his wife at a rest area in the forest to check on his traps. He never returned. Two months later his remains were found in a river. The Headman is the final episode in the Sarawak Gone series, a micro-documentary project by Andrew Garton. Sarawak Gone documents the gradual decimation of indigenous life and culture and the struggle for land. The entire work is open licensed — which means that the materials gathered and produced are returned to the communities who participated in the project and the content is available for re-use, for free, for people who seek to protect the native customary rights of some of the most marginalised people in Malaysia.



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