It was the last day of the 5 day incredible journey that they call FTX (more on FTX later). I was feeling heavyhearted for the period I was surrounded by nothing but positive energy and pleasant people, was coming to an end. Cheekay Cinco from APC was conducting a workshop on Online Security and Privacy and what she announced in the middle of the workshop cheered me up completely. It gave me a new hope, a new motivation to move ahead with greater determination. Guess what? According to APC, the best TakeBackTheTech campaign that came out last year was from Pakistan Alhamdulilah.
It convinced me that what we have been doing since Novemeber 2009 is being read and people are benefiting from it and that’s enough for me to say that slowly and gradually we are moving ahead - one step at a time towards changing attitudes!
I thank all those who have been following this campaign an/or have been part of it directly or indirectly. Hope the momentum continues and together we keep bringing about a positive change!
A quick recap of the major events that we have so far organized under the banner of TakeBackTheTech are:
1. P@SHA and Bytes4All introduced TakeBackTheTech in Pakistan in Novemeber 2009
2. In January 2010, Jehan Ara of P@SHA and myself conducted a workshop for the legal community in Lahore. We shared about Cyber Crimes, PECO and TakeBackTheTech with a group of 80 Lahore High Court lawyers including 2 senior judges.
3. In February 2010, National Strategy Workshop was conducted in Karachi.
4. In June 2010, first ever Feminist Tech Exchange (Train the Trainer program) was organized in Islamabad.
Other than this since Novemeber 2010, we have been advocating this campaign online via Facebook, Twitter, Blogs - we tweet, blog,compose TBTT songs, create post cards, create localized logos ( a few can be seen above) and do everything that we can to raise awareness regarding ICTs and VAW.
We hope to do a lot more this year InshAllah. Will keep you all posted.
PS: For those who do not know what TakeBackThetech is? Check out my blog post:
PPS: To read all TBTT related posts I have written so far, please check out the “Female Harassment” category of my blog here.
Logos Customization Credit: Hinstance
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