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13 manifestations of gender-based violence using technology
13 manifestations of gender-based violence using technology 15 November 2018 Take Back the Tech!, Luchadoras and SocialTIC

APC's Take Back the Tech! project worked closely with Luchadoras and SocialTIC, campaigners in Mexico, to develop an illustrated list of manifestations of online gender-based violence based on case documentation. You can access it at the GenderIT.org website here. Use it in your work and activism, and please share it widely!

Take Back the Tech! Magic formulas: Feminist strategies against online gender-based violence
Take Back the Tech! Magic formulas: Feminist strategies against online gender-based violence 01 November 2018 Take Back the Tech

Start with survivors and activists. Stir in technologists, digital security trainers, designers, artists, filmmakers and writers. Add a healthy dose of feminism. Go ahead and add an extra spoonful! Cook until you can’t wait any longer. Your anti-GBV movement is ready! Get it while it’s hot! Campaigners in the Take Back the Tech! network blend their skills, talents and knowledge into change-making magic. For 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, we’re highlighting the work o...

Job call: Ending Online Gender-based Violence project coordinator
Job call: Ending Online Gender-based Violence project coordinator 25 May 2018

The Women's Rights Programme of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is looking for a feminist movement builder, dynamic communicator and experienced project coordinator with a background in ending gender-based violence, to join APC’s virtual team. The Ending Online Gender-based Violence project coordinator will be responsible for strengthening and growing APC's network of act...

Voices of change: International Women's Day
Voices of change: International Women's Day 08 March 2018 Take Back the Tech!

Strikes, marches, stories. Women make change in many ways. Every day we are surviving and resisting, and on 8 March of every year we come together to celebrate our hard work and use our collective power to initiate changes that further cement women's human rights. We're going to spend the day celebrating women who use tech for change. Join us on Twitter with #takebackthetech and let us know abo...

From the 1990s to today: The power of a movement
From the 1990s to today: The power of a movement 28 November 2017 Take Back the Tech!

25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, a day that honours the Mirabal sisters, links gender-based violence to human rights and marks the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). As Take Back the Tech! has launched a 16 Days campaign exploring the movement against GBV, it's important to consider how this movement began. Althou...

Online gender-based violence: A submission from the Association for Progressive Communications to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
Online gender-based violence: A submission from the Association for Progressive Communications to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences 20 November 2017 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications’ Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) has worked to render visible the impact of online gender-based violence (GBV) on women’s rights for more than a decade. We have worked with women's organisations and advocates to identify, monitor, analyse and combat uses of the internet and digital technologies that are harmful to women and marginalised co...

Revisit to resist: Histories of the movement to end gender-based violence
Revisit to resist: Histories of the movement to end gender-based violence 08 November 2017

Memory is resistance. When your story is silenced or challenged, remembering the truth is critical.  And when we document our experiences, we pass on the lessons we learned. For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November-10 December), Take Back the Tech! wants to look back (and forward) at the movement to end gender-based violence – to digitise and preserve our me...

All Women Count: Take Back the Tech!
All Women Count: Take Back the Tech! 04 September 2017

All Women Count: Take Back the Tech! is a four-year project from 2017 to 2020 being coordinated by APC’s Women's Rights Programme (WRP) under the All Women Count consortium. Funded through the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the consortium is led by Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), with APC, UHAI EASHRI, Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) as co-implementing...

Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation
Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation 11 August 2017 APC and others

In late May the Guardian released the Facebook Files, leaked internal documents revealing how the company moderates content. Many of us have long called for more transparency around Facebook's content moderation so we can better understand gender-based violence that happens on the platform and provide feedback. Although Facebook has made some improvements1, these documents confirm that it's oft...

Did Facebook finally figure out that consent is more important than nipples?
Did Facebook finally figure out that consent is more important than nipples? 04 May 2017 Erika Smith in collaboration with Fungai Machirori

When you receive calls at all hours from women desperate to get intimate photos shared without consent taken offline, it's a relief to hear about Facebook's latest move to address the distribution of non-consensual intimate images. Finally! Technical solutions to social problems seldom make a good fit, even in a digitally layered world, so here is our take on some pluses and limitations of this...

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