Take back the tech! Build knowledge and grow diversity.

Women's rights advocates and feminists who work on violence against women have used information and communications technologies (ICTs) strategically and tactically in our advocacy and organising. From documenting violence and abuse through the use of technology, to disseminating information and knowledge, to mobilising support and networks, to lobbying for legal and policy change - these efforts are critical in strengthening the efforts in ending violence against women. As a result, there is a rich diversity of information available on all forms of violence against women. These include facts and statistics, analysis from different perspectives, campaigns and petitions, cultural material and messages, strategies and guides on how to counter specific acts of violence and more. We are able to find, build and share a wide range of information and tactics and work collaboratively to end violence against women all over the world.


However, much of the information available on the internet is still predominantly in English. If you don't speak English, your ideas can be marginalised and your perspectives less heard. In the same way, you may not be able to access, make use of and grow knowledge and information that are available in English.


Take back the tech! Grow diversity! Support the efforts of women's rights activists and translate and share their work. Widen the reach of information, knowledge and perspectives on how to end violence against women to different parts of the world! Learn more about the action that is part of Take back the tech! Campaign.

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Gender in the online news: The 2010 GMMP

Since the 1995 conference in Beijing, the Global Media Monitoring Project has provided a snapshot of gender imbalances in the world's media, once every five years. This year, they expanded the coverage from the 'traditional' media to take a look at the internet. Unfortunately, their findings were not encouraging.
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‘Does your mother know?’ Agency, risk and morality in the online lives of young women in Mumbai

Manjima Bhattacharjya and Maya Ganesh, the India partner of the APC's EroTICs Project, open their input with the evocative lyrics of a Swedish pop group ABBA: “And I can chat with you baby / Flirt a little, maybe / But does your mother know that you’re out ?” This article is about middle-class women digital natives in Mumbai, the city with the highest internet use in India, and the initial impressions of their online lives as drawn from interviews and survey data gathered for the ongoing EroTICs research project.
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Challenging pornophobia and moral beliefs of Congolese media practitioners

Francoise Mukuku reports on the online discussion around ICT and violence against women organized by Genderlinks as part of the 16 Days of Activism: "As my organization Si Jeunesse Savait is implementing a 2-year project on the topic, I felt like it was really the place to be today...But let me tell you that the debate between most of the people I met online today was really far from meeting my expectation of a great exchange around privacy, freedom of expression and data protection in our context."
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View, Share, Respond! Every click really counts!

This year, Take Back The Tech! calls for action to defend our right freedom of expression and information – the basic building blocks for us to be able to come together, organise for change, inform public debate, define culture, build safe spaces and end violence against women. How can we get at least 1 000 views and 1 000 comments from GenderIT.org's partners and readers to support most amazing the Take Back The Tech! video!before 10 December?