• Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    Take Back the Tech! 2010: Explore technology! Defend women’s rights!

    logotbtt2Women’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 partners is often the women’s cellphone.

    From November 25 to December 10 Take Back The Tech! calls on women and men to take control of technology to protect the right to freedom of expression and information. Join the moment and get creative!

    IPS MDG3 programme supports the 2010 campaign through a media partnership with APC.

    Women’s rights under threat online and offline. It’s critical that we are able to speak out and share our ideas to challenge attitudes and beliefs that sustain violence against women.

    Girl gamers have built online communities to counter the stereotype that only boys play video games. They post their thoughts, do game reviews and highlight games which are sexist. They are sending a clear signal to companies that produce games like Grand Theft Auto which includes rape of sex workers as part of its gaming strategy that this is completely unacceptable.  And the video game industry is shifting its approach in game development to become more gender aware and inclusive.

    It’s critical that we are able to use the internet to share information and opinions and document and tell our own stories including the stories of violence and discrimination that many women and girls face every day.

    Read the full call on TBTT website.

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