Take Back the Tech!
What impact can 16 days make in the fight to end violence against women? In the Republic of Congo, AZUR Développement embarked on a powerful sensitisation campaign across four communities to raise awareness on gender-based violence.
Because of the pandemic, more people are staying home and enjoying the benefits of technology. Women, however, can have a different online experience as gender-based violence manifests in various ways in virtual spaces.
Feminist Learning Circle sessions took place in English, Spanish and French before and during the 2019 Take Back the Tech! 16 day campaign, and focused on creative discourse and expression, assessing risk, and digital safety.
This year, Take Back the Tech! calls out all those attempts to silence us, block off our public streets and our right to assembly on the internet. We want to bear witness to the silencing the world casts against women and people of diverse genders and sexualities.
Worldwide, women are significantly less likely than men to access the internet, and once online, they face greater risks of violence, censorship and surveillance. This is why APC works to create a more feminist internet – one that is built for and with women, girls and gender-diffuse people.
APC participated in a session at the Global Festival of Action in Bonn, Germany, an annual event that focuses on how to scale up the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which also coincided this year with the celebration of World Press Freedom Day.
Each year, Take Back the Tech! brings together activists and organisations from around the world for 16 days to discuss, raise awareness and develop strategies to address the issue of online gender-based violence. We caught up with participants from four different regions about the 2018 campaign!
As we embark on a new year of #metoo and other forms of powerful testimonial movements, the wisdom shared in January’s Take Back the Tech! webinar was an important learning opportunity and reminder of how we can contribute to collective wellbeing and care in our movement.
For this year’s Take Back the Tech! campaign, Philippines-based APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) brought attention to the problem of online gender-based violence through highlighting local activists, workshops with university students, and a radio show.
Nigeria-based Take Back the Tech! campaigner Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) organised a number of activities, both online and offline, including workshops for young women in secondary schools and radio and television segments on digital rights and risks.