Take back the tech! / Tech sans violence!

I’ve done a talk on the Tech Sans Violence Campaign a little bit more than a year ago at an Open Forum organized by Communautique in Montreal. Communautique just recently posted the video online on youtube:

At the time the campaign in French was just starting. For it’s third year, the APC brought it back to the main website of the campaign that originally hosted an english only campaign.

Take Back The Tech! is a collaborative campaign that takes place during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (25 Nov – 10 Dec). It is a call to everyone – especially women and girls – to take control of technology to end violence against women.

I find this campaign specifically interesting because it focuses on a new paradigm that has been created by the mass popularization of different ICT tools (cellphones, internet, social networks, etc.). Those tools are now used to perpetrate violence  against women, but can also be used creatively and strategically to fight to end violence against women. As another story of a rape of a young girl that has been filmed with a cellphone and distributed to students in her school was reported in the news in South Africa, this campaign touches an essential issue, particularly for young girls.

I’m happy to see that the french side of the campaign that I helped develop is growing, and that the campaign can reach people it didn’t do before, more specifically in francophone africa. French language content on the internet is not as common as english content, especially regarding issues that related to gender and technologies.

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