Have you ever experienced violence online? Map it! Make your story heard, and take control of technology to end violence against women.
Stories can change the world. Yet there are many stories that remain untold because there is no name for them, because of shame, and because they lay hidden beneath everyday acceptance. These are stories of violence that women and girls face all over the world.
What's your story? Have you ever encountered violence online? Or been there for a friend who was harassed over SMS. Have you came across a news report about a woman being blackmailed, stalked or threatened online or through her mobile phone?
Take back the tech! Join us in this year's campaign and help us collectively map incidents of technology-related violence against women happening all over the world. Make the invisible visible and demand for change.
Map your story on the Take Back the Tech! online platform and collectively build a body of evidence on the reality and dimensions of violence that takes places online and through mobile phones against women and girls.
How to take action:
- Add your story and experience directly to the map.
- Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can add it to the map for you.
- Start a local campaign! Get together with a few people and localize the action. You can review and post newspaper reports, organize a discussion around online safety, hold story circles, translate the map into your local languages or start a creative campaign. Email us to brainstorm ideas on how you can localize Take Back the Tech!
Each day, from 25 November to 10 December, we will announce an action that you can take to document, map, build your knowledge and take action to end violence against women.
|Date:||25 November 2011|
|Action Type:||16 Days|
Today is the last day of the campaign, and it falls on International Human Rights Day.
How important is the internet to you in exercising your fundamental human rights? Did you create a blog to exercise your right to expression? Have you joined an online community to connect with those who share your concerns and interests? How often do you rely on the internet to find information you are otherwise not able to? Did you find support, affirmation and recognition? How is your specific realities & concerns included, or excluded from the current debates on internet rights? Tell your internet rights story!
Join the dots between rights and the internet. Claim inclusion. Send a postcard, or make one!
The last topic in our series of online security action is on portable apps. If you share computers, you also share the use of programmes, and these can store traces of your activity or even content. Try using portable apps instead. This allows you to run and launch programmes from a USB or portable flash drive, and when you're done, take it with you :)
Even as the internet opens up new spaces for public and political engagement by women and girls, their rights are under attacks. Women's righs activists and feminists have had their websites hacked, faced threats of violence and rape and targetted online harassment.
Do you know of incidences when websites created by women's rights organisations, sexual rights advocates, feminist activists or bloggers have been hacked, blocked or deleted? Have you ever experienced being harassed or attacked online because of your gender, sexuality or feminist position?
Put online violence that targets feminist voices on the map. Demand for recognition, call for action and defend our right to participate freely and safely on the internet!
Social networking has become a defining feature of the internet for many of us today. But what happens when trust is compromised, privacy violated and abuse happens? Find out about social networking, privacy risks, and how to protect it. Exercise your right to privacy, take it offline & play "privacy catcher"!
How many times have you received forwarded message that contains photographs or a video of someone being violated or humiliated? What do you do with it? Do you reflect on your role and power to stop the violence? If you pass it on, will it perpetuate the harm? Can you stop its spread by pressing delete?
What is the politics that you bring into the act of witnessing? Stop the harm. Make a commitment. Take the pledge to not forward violence!
For every 100 women who are raped, up to 97 of them are keeping silent about the violence. There are many reasons why rape is underreported, from power to shame to trauma. Internet and mobile phones are impacting on rape and sexual assault in new ways - enabling the promotion of rape culture, monitoring former lovers, continued violence through copying and distribution & violation of privacy. We are all responsible for defining the spaces we occupy - both online, offline and political. Reject rape and sexual assault.
If you have experienced sexual assault or violence that is related to ICT. Map it. Make it visible. End the silence. Demand change.