Take back the Tech!
During campaigns, Take Back the Tech! announces actions that combine creative and strategic use of information and communication technology (ICT), with the issue of VAW. Campaigners organise actions that respond to their local priorities, such as workshops on online safety, media monitoring on rape reporting, solidarity actions on the streets and in online spaces and discussions on women’s right to privacy.
Take Back The Tech! was initiated in 2006 by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) Women’s Rights Programme and has grown into a diverse movement of individuals, organisations, collectives and communities. It is the result of research papers published in 2005 that looked at the connection between ICT and VAW, an issue that received little attention or discussion at that time. After sharing the findings with women’s rights and communication rights advocates in different spaces, APC found this to be a critical issue that compelled further attention and deeper engagement.
- Create safe digital spaces that protect everyone’s right to participate freely, without harassment or threat to safety.
- Realise women’s rights to shape, define, participate, use and share knowledge, information and ICT.
- Address the intersection between women’s human rights and the internet, especially VAW.
- Recognise women’s historical and critical participation and contribution to the development of ICT.
The campaign has been taken up, adapted and owned by individuals, groups, networks and organisations in places such as Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, India, Kenya, Macedonia, Mexico, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, UK, Uruguay, USA.