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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 activists and organisations working in this area, coordinating work with partners in different countrie...

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 about the women and gender-variant folks using tech for activism in your community. Who is developing n...

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...

Women Human Rights Defenders condemn online threats against Bondita Acharya
Women Human Rights Defenders condemn online threats against Bondita Acharya 02 May 2017

As the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC), we are expressing our outrage at the vicious attacks directed against Bondita Acharya, a well-known women’s rights defender from Jorhat, Assam, in northeast India. Bondita Acharya is an activist and a member of Women in Governance (WinG) Assam. She is also the northeast regional coordinator of Human Rights Defenders Al...

Deploying design thinking techniques to develop solutions for any given problem
Deploying design thinking techniques to develop solutions for any given problem 13 March 2017 Asad Baig, Media Matters for Democracy

Muavin is a concept developed by Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD); a digital tool to help push back on cyberbullying, harassment and online violence, especially targeted at vulnerable groups. Currently under development in partnership with Code for Pakistan and with support from APC, Muavin would help users develop online communities which they can call upon for ...

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