Take Back the Tech Online Campaign

From women critiquing culture to girls posting selfies, the more visible a woman is online, the more abuse she faces. And the more digitally connected we are, the wider women’s risk. Whether it is a stranger tweeting threats or a partner monitoring mobile phone activity, the aim is to silence and control us. Additionally, such violence is often sexualised and aims to make us feel isolated and alone.

Violence against women attempts to restrict freedom of expression. It is difficult to participate in the public sphere, contribute to culture and decision making or critique policies and systems when we are fearful. The internet is an increasingly important public space, and violence is a real threat as a strategy to narrow women’s capacity to participate in and define the space.

Women bloggers and journalists face frequent online harassment, cyberstalking and even physical violence. The more visible a woman is online, the more abuse she faces, and this violence aims to silence her.

Women exercising their right to freedom of expression is critical to ending violence and promoting other rights.

Check out Take Back the Tech’s  actions to help reframe the conversation about violence against women as a violation of our fundamental human right to freedom of expression.

How to deal with privacy and anonymity

What privacy and anonymity have to do with tech-related VAW.

How to store data

What data storage has to do with tech-related VAW. Dealing with incidents of tech-related violence involves reporting, investigating and collecting evidence.

How to talk to survivors

Why it’s important to know how to talk to survivors. People who are not trained to talk to survivors often say the wrong thing even when they mean well.

Solidarity: Visit the Take Back the Tech quilt for women human rights defenders.


Egypt’s Qanun Nashaz Campaign

Qanun Nashaz

The ‘Qanun Nashaz’ Campaign was launched on November 25th 2014 by Nazra For Feminist Studies and the Center For Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA).

The Qanun Nashaz campaign attempts to address the legal issues associated with violence against women, by highlighting flaws in existing laws.

It’s motto is ‘behind every abused woman, there is a law’. It is conducted in light of the increasing number of gang rape and sexual assault survivors, with more than 500 cases documented between June 2012 and June 2014.

The 16-day Qanun Nashaz Campaign seeks to engage different segments of society in a variety of discussions about violence against women and its legal dimensions, through media and artistic channels, such as blogging, tweeting, interactive presentations, storytelling, articles, visual arts, and graffiti.

The first event of the campaign was launched on November 25th 2014, with an opening conference at the Cairo Swiss Club in El-Kitkat, followed by an interactive presentation and a number of art shows, each dealing with one aspect of violence against women.