Tuesday, 16 November 2010

[creative-radio] Take Back The Tech! 2010


Hi all,

The Take Back the Tech campaign this year features a couple of interesting audio actions. Please do let me know if you get involved!



-----Take Back The Tech! 2010 -----

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*GENDER CENTRED: A GenderIT.org thematic bulletin*
APC WNSP – GenderIT.org, 15 November 2010
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*Get creative! Explore technology! Defend women's rights! Take Back The Tech! 2010*

I.  THOUGHTS AROUND…Women's rights under threat online and offline
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From 25 Nov to 10 Dec, Take Back The Tech! calls on women and men to take control of technology to protect the right to freedom of expression and information. Since it began in 2006, campaigners in more than 30 countries have used the internet, mobile phones, radio and more to document and fight violence against women.

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.

Take action! Take Back The Tech!

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I. THOUGHTS AROUND…Women's rights under threat online and offline
by Jac sm Kee, the focal point for APC WNSP's work on women's rights

"Women's rights to expression and information are increasingly under threat. The UN estimates that 95% of aggressive behaviour, harassment, abusive language and degrading images in online spaces are aimed at women.

As more and more women go online using computers and mobile phones, many are silenced through acts of violence, sexism and censorship. The first object that is destroyed by a violent partner is often the women's cellphone. It's critical that we are able to speak out and share our ideas to challenge attitudes and beliefs that sustain violence against women..."

Read the full editorial at:

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(The featured resources and articles have been selected from a number of materials produced and collected on the right of freedom of expression and acts of violence, sexism and censorship by the GenderIT.org over the years. Find more resources on violence against women or communication rights in our archive.
Violence Against Women: www.genderit.org/taxonomy/term/38/all
Communication Rights: www.genderit.org/taxonomy/term/41/all)

*Finding a difficult balance: Human rights, law enforcement and cyber violence against women*
In 2008, GenderIT writer Mavic Cabrera-Balleza spoke with two women activists who are at the forefront of advocacy on violence against women at the national and international levels. She probed on new analytical frameworks of violence against women taking into account cyber violence and the challenges and dilemmas women activists confront as they struggle to address this relatively new dimension of gender injustice, including respect for fundamental human rights, such as the right to freedom of expression and the rights concerning the respect for privacy.

*We assume FOSS benefits all equally. But does it really?*
In 2005, Cheekay Cinco argued in her artical that Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has the potential to change the way women relate with ICTs, allowing for more control over the tools they use. However until women are recognised as equal partners, users and developers in FOSS, these potentials will remain at rest. "The reasons cited for the lack of women in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities, particularly developer communities, range from sexism and chauvinism that discourage women from participating in FOSS projects and communities, to differences in life-work priorities between men and women, particularly in balancing work and personal life. These reasons are supported by accounts from various FOSS-related blogs and boards where women and some men complain about the behaviour of men towards women. One of the most cited reasons why women are discouraged from participating in FOSS communities is the blatant sexism that they

*Democratic Republic of Congo: Letter from the world capital of rape*
Francoise Mukuku reports from the world march of women against sexual violence that took place in October 2010 in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations has named the Democratic Republic of Congo the "rape capital of the world," with 15,000 women raped in DRC just last year. In her blog, Francoise  also shares how information and communication technologies have helped to amplify survivors' voices.

See also:
Tools for Communication Rights in Malaysia

How to look at censorship with a gender lens

'Does your mother know?' Agency, risk and morality in the online lives of young women in Mumbai
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*Online sexism: A comic*
This is a witty look at the experiences of women online, and the problems a lot of women face in getting their voices heard - very much in line with the funky ideas that animate Take Back the Tech! What's just as interesting is the comments section below the comic, which is a sad indictment of just how true it is.

*The Global Media Monitoring Project 2010*
Conducted every five years, the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) brings together volunteers from 108 countries (and rising) to assess the representation and portrayal of women in the news media. The 2010 GMMP was the first to address women in the online news media.

*The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies
This resource is actually a video showing what the Bechdel Test is, and how many movies fail it, produced by Feminist Frequency. The test itself is three simple steps, that most blockbuster movies fail, which reveals the absence of women from the big screen.

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*Freedom of expression*
Freedom of expression is a principle contained Article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR). Its objective is to ensure that people are able to communicate and express opinions, in public or private, without the interference of the state or others. Freedom of expression is one of the main themes within the emerging field of Internet Rights.

*Freedom of information*
The right to freedom of information refers primarily to information held by the state. Freedom of information legislation establishes a legal process by which requests may be made for government-held information, with a few narrowly defined exceptions (e.g. health or public safety). In many countries there are  constitutional guarantees for the right of access to information, but these are ineffective without specific support legislation. Freedom of information tends to disproportionately benefit women, as they are less likely to have the contacts or resources necessary to access information in a secretive regime APC believes that national and local governments, and publicly funded international organisations, must ensure transparency and accountability by placing publicly relevant information that they produce and manage in the public domain, in compatible, open and accessible formats.

*Freedom of association*
Freedom of association is a right to ensure that people are able to meet and interact freely, without the interference of the state or others. It is used to argue for the right, for example, to be in or to form a union It is used to argue for the right, for example, to be in or to form a trade union, or to use the internet to organise and engage in protest. Freedom of association is one of the main themes within the emerging field of Internet Rights.

To understand unfamiliar ICT or gender terms visit the Jargon section:

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*Take Back The Tech! Reclaiming ICT to end violence against women*
Take Back The Tech! is a 16-day campaign initiated by APC WNSP in 2006. From 25 November to 10 December every year, ICT users, communication rights advocates, feminist and women's rights activists reclaim ICT to end violence against women. Local and independent campaigns have sprung up in numerous countries and spaces, sharing priorities, knowledge and activism on this issue.
Website: www.takebackthetech.org

*UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women*
Appointed to look into the causes and consequences of violence against women, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women has the power to transmit appeals to countries on alleged cases of VAW, undertake fact-finding missions to countries and submit annual thematic reports to the UN General Assembly. This mandate created an institutional mechanism for regular in-depth review and reporting on violence against women around the world. The work is conducted within the framework of the international human rights regime and includes recommendations on how to elliminate violence against women and its causes and remedy its consequences.
Website: http://bit.ly/1HtWAe

To find out more about key stakeholders in the field of ICTs, visit the Who's Who in Policy's directory:

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