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2013 Take Back the Tech Campaign Launched

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The "16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” is a global campaign joined by 1,700 organizations in more than 100 countries all over the world. The 2013 campaign officially started yesterday, November 25, on the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, and will be concluded on December 10, on the International Human Rights Day.

Women and men all over the world join forces and call for elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

The OneWorld platform for Southeast Europe i the ženskaposla.ba portal again joined, for the sixth year in a row, the Take Back the Tech campaign which focuses on the power of technology to influence the public awareness about the problem of gender-based violence, creative actions, education, debate, exposing violence in the digital domain that remains largely invisible and unrecognized as a form of violence and also an absolute taboo.

The main goal of the campaign is to prevent the violence to which women are subjected through their use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Throughout history, violence against women was viewed as a private, rather than public matter. The abuse was used as an instrument to keep the women away from the public space. Today, that public space has extended to include the virtual domain which reflects all the patterns of behavior and opinion from the real world. The women are again silenced, intimidated, humiliated and abused through the channels of ICTs.

This year’s campaign started with a call for recognition of our rights to privacy in the digital world, with emphasis on the fact that the right to privacy is the key step towards elimination of violence against women.

Surveillance has become a fact of everyday life, with governments claiming that we should yield our privacy in favour of security. Women all over the world are being watched over by their husbands, fathers, partners or parents for their own safety, but that “protection” prevents the women from making their own decisions and allows the abusers to easily reach their victims and control them.

Privacy is important for the security of the women, because it allows them access to information, making informed decisions about their own lives and express freely without fear of being sanctioned or punished. The women that faced any form of violence demand their right to privacy to find security and protection from the abusers and to heal the traumas they suffered.

Together, we can and we need to talk about gender based violence, using the technology to augment and strengthen our voice. Follow us on the web and on Twitter where, for the next 16 days, we will offer you information, education, calls for participation in workshops, panel and online discussions and debate. Be our allies in the effort to take back the tech!

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