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Feminist Tech Exchange - using technology in activism on women's rights (video, 15mins)

Dafne Sabanes Plou
Dafne Sabanes Plou on 7 March, 2011 - 15:03 · Africa
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Dafne works as the APC women's programme regional coordinator in Latin America. She is a journalist and long-time women's rights activist. Dafne lives just outside of Buenos Aires.
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Dafne Plou presents on how dozens of Feminist Technology Exchanges - a series of capacity building workshops - are building the skills of women's rights organisations to use information and communication technologies in campaigning, monitoring and documentation to end violence against women. This presentation was part of the "Take Back The Tech! Reclaiming technology for women's rights" session at the 55th Commission on the Status of Women, on 25 February 2011. The session was chaired by Jan Moolman, from the Association for Progressive Communications. This is the first out of three presentations.

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In Lesotho rural women are using cell phones to access prices and form agricultural co-ops. In Colombia and Pakistan survivors of violence and women’s rights organisations are using social networking tools and digital stories to document abuses and give a voice to survivors.

Women's right groups were early adopters of internet and technology and there is a growing movement of women and girls who are taking up technology to address intractable problems of gender discrimination and inequality and advance women’s rights.
But as we know technology is a double-edged sword. The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and denigrating images in online spaces are aimed at women.

On this panel organised by the APC women's programme speakers shared the experiences, challenges and successes of projects that are making a positive difference in women' lives including:
• how the queer movement is using the internet for mobilising and for the exercise of sexual rights
• how Take Back the Tech! small grants are funding more than sixty groups in 12 countries that are using information technologies in their work to end violence against women
• how dozens of Feminist Technology Exchanges are building the capacity of women's rights organisations to use information and communication technologies in campaigning, monitoring and documentation.

As the part of the panel, the APC women's programme has also be launched “I Don't Forward Violence” - a new action under the Take Back the Tech! campaign. “I Don't Forward Violence” calls on internet and mobile phone users to take action to create an online and offline culture that does not tolerate misogynist or violent images of women and girls.