World Pulse members join a global campaign to reclaim technology and create safe spaces for women to speak out.
The Internet can be a violent and scary place to be a woman. Online harassment breeds in a climate of anonymity and impunity. In many parts of the world, women who leave the confines of home to seek education, speak out, and connect online can find themselves targets of acts of violence.
Yet, women will not be silenced. The digital tools used against us are also bringing us together. This year, World Pulse is participating in the Take Back the Tech campaign, a global effort to reclaim technology to end violence against women.
The stories submitted to this campaign prove that the Internet can also be a gathering place for creative resistance to violence.
How can a miserable sect want these brilliant girls out of school, to become child brides and suicide bombers?
Olutosin | Nigeria
Though domestic violence and abuse still take place, more women are now coming out, voicing what used to once be a topic not to be discussed.
Papua New Guinea
The campaign gathered many women together to talk, defend, and heal.
Hummingbird | Syria
The call for solidarity for the Lumad cause became a resounding chorus.
Ariane Moza Assumani sees cultural barriers that prevent women from reporting rape and other forms of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At the Maman Shujaa (Hero Women) center in Bukavu, women study reading, writing, and technology as a gateway to learn more about their rights and gain the confidence to claim them.
New technology is part of the solution.
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