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'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. Use it in your work and activism, and please share it widely!
For the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence" campaign, we’re highlighting the work of the vibrant Take Back the Tech! network. Join us from 25 November to 10 December as we test formulas and recipes with campaigns all over the world!
What is self-care in a time of hyper-connected people and devices and of image-saturated capitalism, and what does it mean to speak about self-care in relation to feminist politics and the women's movement?