Feminist Tech Exchange

       

      Feminist Tech eXchange (FTX) brings WRP’s unique methodology and approach to capacity building. FTX creates safe, creative and feminist spaces of exchange and experience where the politics and practice of technology are informed by local and contextual realities of women, and build collective knowledge and ownership.

      FTX was developed in response to the expressed needs of feminist and women’s rights movements for greater understanding of emerging internet and technology-related issues, trends, governance and application in feminist activism. FTX facilitates inter-movement building between women’s rights activists, LGBTQI movements, internet and technology rights organisations, and human rights advocates.

      We emphasise local ownership of FTX, and since 2008, when we hosted our first FTX in partnership with the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) and trained over 100 women, we have seen the uptake of FTX by our members and partners in many countries and regions and at subsequent AWID Forums.

      Using an approach that prioritises feminist perspectives, women’s rights and movement building, FTX:

      • Builds capacity within feminist and women’s rights movements in the creative and strategic use of ICT and integrates the Feminist Principles of the Internet.

      • Supports the development of a community of trainers who can continue to augment the knowledge and skills of women’s rights, LGBTIQ, trans* and feminist advocates in different locales, advocacy areas and movements.

      • Creates partnerships between feminist, internet rights and women’s rights movements to sustain movement building as a space for open discussions and convergence between internet rights and women’s rights agendas.

      • Creates spaces where feminist politics and practices of technology are explored and discussed.

      FTX analysis and approach are framed by the Feminist Principles of the Internet, a set of principles which works towards empowering more women and queer persons to dismantle patriarchy and realise a feminist internet. The exchanges are participatory, inclusive, secure, fun, grounded in women’s realities, transparent and open, creative and strategic; they emphasise the role of women in technology and prioritise appropriate and sustainable technologies.

      FTX methodologies encourage fun, inclusivity, active listening and participation, and ensure that language diversity is respected and addressed in meaningful ways. We prioritise a collective versus an individualistic approach to technology development that encourages testing, sharing and collectively developing technology. Openness is a core value in our work.

      Feminist Internet eXchange Hub at AWID Forum 2016.

      Watch video interviews of participants at FTXs over the years:

       


      Project team 
      Erika Smith Mexico
      Jac sm Kee Malaysia
      Jennifer Radloff South Africa