Em bom tempo

novembro 28, 2006

Já era tempo de voltar ao meu querido blog. Decidi começar postando aqui esse email que recebi da APC sobre uma campanha de 16 dias de ativismo sobre a violência contra a mulher :

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, November 27 2006 — Increasingly the internet
and information and communications technologies (ICTs) have been seized
as new tools to defend, inform, and exercise women’s right to live their
lives free of violence. The APC Women’s Programme (APC WNSP) calls on
all who use ICTs to “Take Back the Tech”, and reclaim this technology
for the fight against violence against women. From November 25 to
December 10, the Take Back the Tech Campaign encourages users to take
action against VAW with any ICT tool at hand – using our cell phones,
instant messengers, blogs, websites, digital cameras, email, or podcasts.

16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women

“Take Back the Tech!” is part of the 16 Days of Activism Against
Gender-based Violence initiative. Since 1991, local groups have used the
16 Days campaign to demand support services for survivors, enhance
prevention efforts, press for legal and judicial reform, and use
international human rights instruments to address VAW as a human rights
violation, a public health crisis, and a threat to human security and
peace worldwide.

VAW and ICTs

Violence against women has many manifestations, all rooted in the
unequal power relations between men and women. Systematic rape is used
as a weapon of war. In most nations, women survivors of domestic
violence range from 20 to 60% percent of the female population, with
women at greatest risk of violence from the men they know. New terms
such as “feminicide” for understanding gender-based killings have had to
be coined. http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2005/presskit/factsheets/facts_vaw.htm

With emerging technologies, other expressions of VAW including
cyber-stalking or digital voyeurism have appeared on the scene. As
technology has become smaller and more inexpensive, installation of
tiny, hard-to-discover cameras facilitate peeping and spying.  Images of
women, recorded in intimate moments, without their knowledge or consent,
are being sold as pornography on the internet. In the hands of
tech-savvy domestic violence abusers, spyware and global positioning
systems (GPS) are used to track and control their partner’s mobility.

Take Back the Tech!

For each of the 16 days of the Take Back the Tech Campaign, simple
actions can be taken by ICT users in activism against VAW. Some actions
include raising awareness around this issue by linking to the campaign
site, changing e-mail signatures, or playing with instant messaging
status notes. The campaign website shares action ideas. Users are free
to add their own suggestions to the list. It also provides tips for
online safety, providing resources that explore the interconnections
between VAW and ICTs and practical guidelines for women to communicate
more securely online. Campaigners are translating “Take Back the Tech”
into Malay, Czech, Spanish, Portuguese and more languages are submitted
every day.

Bloggers are invited to join ka-BLOG! – 16 days of collective blogging
from thoughts to images in any language around this theme. For those new
to the blogosphere, tutorials and how-to guides are shared to make it
simple on starting a new blog and how to tag posts.

Women around the world are creating post cards. Eloquent images and
ideas recreating a vision of technology founded on equality and what
might be possible in a world where women shape, define, participate, use
and share ICTs freely.

Campaign Partners

Dozens of sites and blogs currently carry the campaign banners in
support of this initiative. The Center for Digital Storytelling site
will feature digital stories from initiatives that have used video as a
platform to narrate powerful and transformative experiences by survivors
of violence against women.
Innovative G2G has localised the campaign in Brazil and recently
launched it on their webspace [http://g2g.sarava.org/en]. G2G plans to
take over a telecentre for a day of blogging!
At the end of the 16 days, a ‘Conversations Collage’ will be created
with print screen images of these sites, signifying the diversity and
openness of people who are taking back  the tech.

Take action

The APC WNSP believes that women have to be safe everywhere – including
online. We all have a role to play in stopping violence against women.
Take Back the Tech Campaign aims to help you take action.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

For more information on how to participate, send an email to
jac@apcwomen.org; or check out the campaign website:
http://www.takebackthetech.net
Vale muito a pena conferir esse blog brasileiro: http://g2g.sarava.org, aproveite também pra fazer a sua parte passando essa mensagem à fente, postando no seu blog e usando a internet pra construir um mundo melhor!

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