Take Back the Tech is a collaborative campaign that takes place during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, from November 25th (today!) through December 10th (International Human Rights Day). It is a call to everyone – especially women and girls – to take control of technology to end gender based violence.
In the past several years, the concept of “gender based violence” has expanded a lot. Violence is not just physical, it is also verbal, emotional, and can happen online as well as offline. While the phrase “violence against women” is still very prevalent, and people who suffer violence at the hands of intimate partners are often woman-identified, the use of the word gender is a more inclusive way of looking at systems of patriarchy and normative privilege that so often are conduits for violence and punishment of people who either do not conform to gender norms or do not have male privilege.
Every day for the next 16 days you can check out the suggestions for daily actions that Take Back the Tech will be posting on their website. You can also follow along on Twitter with the #tackbackthetech hashtag, or look up the campaign on Facebook. Movement building happens one day at a time, and the Take Back the Tech daily actions are a great roadmap for doing online activism and shifting our cultures toward a just and healthy life for all.