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Take back the tech! November 25, 2006

Posted by elizabethwong in Women.

My old friend, Chat Ramilo from our days of Balai Theatre in Sydney now heads the Association of Progressive Communications, Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP), based in Manila. She’s doing great things as always.

This year, she’s organising an online campaign to support the international campaign of 16 Days on Violence Agaianst Women.

From 25 November to 10 December, APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) invites you to take back the tech! For 16 days, this campaign engages you to think about how your use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) can work to eliminate, or perpetuate violence against women (VAW).

The root cause of VAW lies in unequal power relations between men and women in almost all facets of life. The field of ICTs faces the same gender disparity. As a result, digital spaces like the internet, broadcast and telecommunications have become defined and developed according to dominant masculist perspectives. This means that VAW that happened in physical spaces like the home and streets, are now also taking new forms and occurring in digital spaces. For example, domestic violence abusers have used tools like spyware and GPS to track and control their partner’s mobility.

APC WNSP believes that both ICTs and VAW affect our capacity to completely enjoy our human rights and fundamental freedoms. Our right to move freely without harassment or threats to safety also applies to digital spaces. This 16-day campaign is to reclaim our right to shape, define, participate, use and share all aspects related to ICTs. We are asking you to Take Back The Tech!, and re-create a vision and reality of technology that is founded on equality.

Take Back The Tech
How Can You Take Back The Tech?

*Check Site*: visit www.takebackthetech.net, and keep checking daily from 25 Nov to 10 Dec.

*Take Action*: each day, there are different actions that you can do to take back the tech, from making postcards, snapping pictures to joining our blogging fest.

*Tech Tips & Tools*: find out tech tools and tips on using ICTs more securely; share what you know.

*Issue*: equip yourself with more information on how VAW & ICT connects.

*Talk Tech*: build discourse around the issue; share your story as knowledge comes from experience.

*Start Your Campaign*: there will be a campaign kit where you can start your own Take Back The Tech! campaign in wherever you are. Use the campaign site as a platform to highlight your initiative.

*Translate*: localise the campaign and make it relevant to your context by translating information, tech tips and more into your own language.

*Tag Yours*: put up the campaign banner on your site and widen the activism.

(See also: Ka-Blog!)



1. Mario - November 26, 2006

Ill’ send this message to all my female friends!

2. elizabethwong - November 27, 2006

Thanks …. So sweet of you! 🙂

3. jhybeturtle - November 30, 2006

dont have to be female to be against vaw no?


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