TAKE BACK THE TECH! 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women

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Awab Alvi

Nov 25, 2009, 10:05:57 AM11/25/09
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25 Nov - 10 Dec

From 25 November to 10 December, get ready to click your mouse, flex your
SMS fingers and engage full energy to take control of technology to end
violence against women.

APC's Women's Programme calls on users of the radio, television, internet,
emails and mobile phones to Take Back the Tech!

//In Malaysia, women in the community are learning how to blog, and
posting their perceptions on violence against women in their own
//In Mexico, women's communication rights activists and journalists plan
for 16 days of feminist tweeting on technology how-tos and against
violence against women//
//In the Republic of Congo, students will write and perform a play on
violence against women and technology//

What is the campaign about?
Take Back the Tech! is a collaborative campaign for anyone using the
internet and technology to protest violence against women (VAW). Initiated
by APC's women's programme (APC WNSP) in 2006, and built by a diverse
movement of individuals, organisations, collectives and communities, the
campaign is part of the UN-sanctioned 16 Days of Activism Against
Gender-based Violence which begins on November 25 each year.

It is our right to shape, define, participate, use and share knowledge,
information and technology, and to create digital spaces that are safe and
equal. Take Back the Tech! calls all users of information and
communications technologies (ICTs) -especially girls and women but also
men and boys- to take control of technology and consciously use it to
change unequal power relations.

Take Back the Tech! will be happening all over the world, including in
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),
Republic of Congo, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa,
Uganda as part of APC WNSP's efforts to achieve Millenium development Goal
3 to promote gender equality and empower women


How can you Take Back the Tech?

**Spread the word**
State your stand and help us spread the word about the campaign. Send this
message on, change your email signature or status messages to point to the
campaign website, send a digital postcard, put the campaign banner on your
site, chalk it on a sidewalk, any creative ways you can think of to spread
the word! If you are on Twitter, tweet with us by using the hashtag:
#takebackthetech. If you are a blogger, ka-BLOG with us :) Spread the word
by translating actions and slogans in your local languages, and
disseminating the campaign and its daily actions through any of your
online channels.

**16 daily actions**
Simple daily actions throughout the 16 days show how to use technology
strategically to counter VAW. From sending SMS, to making digital
postcards, learning a new software, playing with radio or remembering
forgotten names in the history of IT development, you can take action
with the tools and platforms you have at hand. Check the campaign website
during the 16 days to take part in daily actions.

**Ka-BLOG with us**
Explore and broaden the knowledge around technology and internet and
violence against women by joining the Take Back the Tech! 16-day

New to blogging? This is the perfect reason to start your own, or at
least, click that "comment" button to have your say. In Filipino slang,
"ka-BLOG" means someone you blog with, we can all blog together to raise
awareness and help end VAW. Tag your blog posts using Technorati tag:
"takebackthetech", or register your blog on the campaign website, or email
us: id...@takebackthetech.net. Join our movement to transform the

**Start a campaign**
Start your own Take Back the Tech! campaign. Independent and creative
initiatives to Take Back the Tech! are taking off in different parts of
the world, translating content and action to address local needs and

Use the campaign website to highlight your action, or find information and
resources. There are campaign kits, images and graphics, tips on how to
be safe online, articles and links, available in English, Spanish and
French. If you don't have an online publishing space, you can have your
own page on the site. Email us to let us know how we can support your
action: id...@takebackthetech.net.

**Digital stories, audiocasts & more**
Learn by listening to the experience and stories of women and men affected
by VAW. The campaign website will feature digital stories, audiocasts,
video clips and postcards. If you have something you would like to share,
just log on to the campaign site and submit your story.

**Suggest an action**
Help shape the campaign by sharing your experience and ideas. If you have
thoughts, email us or log on to the site, and make it part of the

Check www.TakeBackTheTech.net daily from 25 November to 10 December, and
take control of technology to end violence against women.

For more information: send an email to id...@takebackthetech.net

Join us on Facebook: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/40159
Connect with other campaigners:

Take Back the Tech! is an initiative of the APC Women's Networking Support
Programme (APC WNSP), a global network of women who support women's
networking for social change and women's empowerment through the use of
information and communication technologies (ICTs) especially internet,
founded in 1993. The APC WNSP is part of the Association for Progressive
Communications (APC).
MDG3: Strengthening women's strategic use of technology to combat violence
against women and girls http://www.apcwomen.org/node/695 and
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