MAP IT! Report technology-related violence against women – Take Back The Tech
Since 2005 APC been working to strengthen the capacity of women’s rights activists and organisations to use technology tools in their work to end violence against women and to respond to the growing incidence of technology-related violence against women . In 2006, the Take Back the Tech campaign was launched to call on all users of information and communication technologies ICT) – especially women and girls – to take control of technology and strategically use any ICT platform at hand (mobile phones, instant messengers, blogs, websites, digital cameras, email, podcasts and more) for activism against gender-based violence. From 2009 to 2011, this work was further developed to deepen knowledge and actions around these issues. The results of the “Take Back the Tech! To end violence against women” project demonstrated the need to use new tools to ascertain and find solutions to the type of violence women face online.
Through this ongoing work, we found that the most common cases of technology-related VAW documented include cyberstalking, sexual harassment, surveillance, privacy violations and the unauthorised use and manipulation of personal information including images and videos. We found that while these violations are increasing, women and girls who fall victim do not know what to do to stop the abuse, what charges they can report, who they should report to and what help they can get. In many countries policies, regulations or services that respond to these new forms of violence do not exist or are inadequate. The report “Voices from digital spaces” elaborates on these issues in great detail.
Violence is taking place online. Monitoring efforts by governments in many parts of the world on cases of violence against women often omit this critical and growing form of violence. Without documentation, they remain unrecognised, excluded from or little understood in the concerted efforts to end the persistent reality of violence against women all over the world.
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The call to document is a call to bear witness. It is to make the invisible visible. Take Back the Tech! calls women and girls to take control of technology to tell our own stories, create our own testimonies, represent ourselves and shape our own narratives about the violence that women and girls face all over the world.
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