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TAKE ACTION! TAKE BACK THE TECH: RECLAIM TECHNOLOGY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

"Get ready to pull out the mouse, flex your SMS fingers and engage full energy in activism to end violence against women," says the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). Because for 16 days from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, APC is calling on all ICT users to "Take Back the Tech!"

Take Back the Tech is a collaborative campaign by ICT users, advocates, collectives and organisations aiming to raise awareness of the prevalence of violence against women. APC is encouraging you to take simple actions using ICT until 10 December.

In Malaysia, Burmese refugees are working with the Centre for Independent Journalism to make online audio defending women's rights. In Uganda, a SMS campaign called Speak out! Stand Out! is being organised to collect messages decrying violence against women. In Quebec, feminists and communication rights activists are creating short video clips and comic postcards to protest.

From sending text messages to starting your own blog, you too can take action with the tools and platforms that you can access.

Use the campaign to support, highlight or suggest an action, and find information and tools to get going at: http://www.takebackthetech.net

For more information, email: [email protected] or [email protected]

(27 November 2007)

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