In 1993 the United Nations recognized
violence against women as a critical human rights issue that compels
State commitment and intervention - only 16 years ago. In efforts to
end violence against women communication rights - including access to
information, right to privacy, freedom of expression and opinion and
the right to form communities - are fundamental. It is also about
exercising our capacity to take control, shape and define
communication frameworks, technologies and platforms. We understand
this as critical to transform our spaces - both offline and online -
into spaces that are free from violence against women.
At the same time, it is challenging
to make the link between violence against women and information and
communication technologies as human rights issues. Often, ICTs are
seen just as a tool instead of a critical agenda for the advancement
of women's rights and human rights. Policies, laws and development
plans on emerging ICTs rarely take into account the reality of
violence against women in its creation and implementation. Similarly,
policies and laws on violence against women rarely take into account
the dimensions of emerging ICTs.
How have developments in information
and communications technologies strengthened the efforts to end
violence against women? How has it enabled violence against women to
Help us to join the
dots. Document and analyse the complex and changing interconnection
between rights-violence-technologies through your imagination and
YOUR ACTION 16 images x 16 seconds
The idea is simple. Send us 16
images that tell the story of the reality of violence against women
where you are, and how it connects with communication rights and
ICTs. Ground your images with a narrative and thoughts - add
subtitle, comments, factsheet, audio or music. Each narrative should
not exceed 16 seconds per image, this is about 40 words.
(The idea follows the
Pecha-Kucha presentation format which was originally designed for
architects and other creative people who often struggle to share
their passion and showcase complex productions in words. The original
Pecha-Kucha format is 20 x 20 - we've adapted it to 16 for the 16
days of activism against gender violence.)
Here are some
examples of presentations:
your own 16 x 16 story and share it with us!
presentations will be featured in June's GenderIT edition.
closing date for submissions is 17 May 2010,
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day .
Step by step guide:
1. Grow stories with your reality.
Start a conversation.
down your outline. Come up with 16 keywords or topics that
best describes your story and show interconnection between
rights-violence-technologies. This can take shape of a concept, a
phrase, a particular photo or image that you're thinking about.
If you are stuck for thoughts,
you can use the
series of papers featured in this issue that provide a baseline
on the policy on ICTs and VAW in 12 countries across Africa, Asia
and Latin America on genderIT.org.
2. Powerful images tell powerful
Choose images that tells the
story of violence against women and its connection with ICTs.
Storyboard the images to fit with your outline
Images can be made of a phrase,
a quotation, something you draw, photographs of the streets you walk
in, a print screen of statistics, a collage made from magazines and
newspaper clippings, comic strips, a snapshot of a piece of
legislation, digital postcards - anything you feel is part of the
Create tag clouds using Wordle.
Make a comic
strip and get a witty conversation going.
Use any imagery on the Take Back
The Tech website, like digital
Produce a mosaic
made up of many different images.
Be creative, provocative and
3. Create your slide show
Create your own 16 x 16 slide
show that tells the story of violence against women and ICTs where
Upload your presentation on
Slide Share -
a web browser application that allows you to create slide shows and
share them with others.
you have registered and verified your account, login, select
Browse and upload your Presentation, Powerpoint or Keynote file (or
images as individual pdf files).
can add a narrative to each slide under "Description", or
leave it blank.
you can use Vocaroo to record
audio and create a slidecast.
Select whichever category you think most applicable.
Under "privacy", select "public" so we can embed
it on this site.
click "publish" and you're done!
If you don't want to create an
account on Slide Share, email
us and we will send you the login details of the shared account.
Or simply email
the presentation to us and we will upload and share it on the
site for you.
4. Ground the story with your
Ground the 16 x 16 stories with
your narrative and add your thoughts to the images.
Add a narrative by inserting
a text comment to each of the16 images. (If you use Slide Share
add a narrative to each slide by inserting a comment according to
the number of the slide.)
Or add voice or music to the
Or use a service like
to send the image with the audio integrated, and we'll add it
to your slide show.
5. Share it with us
Copy and paste the link of your
presentation as a comment on
this page. Scroll down and click on the button “Post here >>”
Or you can create an account on the Take
Back The Tech! site, and upload your slideshow, audio file, or
o Login, click
on "create content", then "media". In the "body"
section, click "source" and copy and paste the embed code.