Take Back the Tech! campaign wins ITU award for gender equality in technology

Islamabad, October 30, 2014: Take Back The Tech! A collaborative campaign pioneered by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in 2006 has been honoured and won the ITU Award for gender equality in technology on October 28, 2014. 
In 2005, APC research looked at the connection between ICT and VAW, an issue that received little attention or discussion at that time. From sharing the findings with women's rights and communication rights advocates in different spaces, APC found this to be a critical issue that compelled further attention and deeper engagement. Hence, Take Back the Tech! was initiated in 2006 and aims to: 
  • Create safe digital spaces that protect everyone’s right to participate freely, without harassment or threat to safety.
  • Realise women’s rights to shape, define, participate, use and share knowledge, information and ICT.
  • Address the intersection between communication rights and women’s human rights, especially VAW.
  • Recognise women’s historical and critical participation and contribution to the development of ICT.
Bytes for All, Pakistan being a member of APC was the first to bring this innovative campaign to Pakistan in 2007 and continues to carry on Take Back the Tech! which accompanies the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (November 25 – December 10 each year) with daily actions that explore different aspects of violence against women and technology.
In 2013, Bytes for All, Pakistan, received the Avon Global Communications Award for Exemplary Material to Combat Violence Against Women in online spaces. 
Read about APC’s ITU Award here
About Bytes for All, Pakistan
Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan is a human rights organization and a network of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals and practitioners. It experiments and organizes debate on the relevance of ICTs for sustainable development and strengthening social justice movements in the country. Its mission is “ICTs for development, democracy and social justice”. www.bytesforall.pk
For more information:
Bytes for All, Pakistan
Islamabad, Pakistan
email: info[at]bytesforall.pk
Tel. +92 51 2110494-9