ICTs for Feminist Movement Building: Toolkit

The comprehensive toolkit provides information on the role and importance of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for feminist movements and struggles.

The kit “is not about  how to use the tools but rather about  how to make strategic choices and decisions regarding strategies and tools [it] is also about feminist practice and how to use tools and communicate in ways that are democratic, make women’s voices stronger and louder whilst challenging stereotypes and discriminatory social norms”.

The toolkit starts with an outline of the political framework addressing power relations in society, women’s representation and the role of technology in people’s lives. It continues on to discuss the importance of communication for feminist movement building and core elements of feminist movements’ communication strategies.

The kit highlights issues of safety and security for women while using technology, providing information on technology-based and technology-related violence against women as well as on principles of ‘a feminist internet’. The chapter on tools not only provides a list of practical tools such as print, images and social media, radio and podcasts and messaging applications, but it also raises awareness about the function, advantages, risks and alternatives of each tool.

The kit contains numerous case studies and examples, and shares women’s voices, links and external sources for further information, infographics and self-reflexion questions.

The toolkit is a highly informative and engaging read for activists of all levels of knowledge on ICTs.

Download the kit here.

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Advancing gender equality in media

In my opinion, the most effective strategy to achieve gender-sensitive media is:

Increased gender-awareness training of media professionals
Greater action by audiences to hold their media accountable
Stricter enforcement of gender-focussed media codes and policies
More female journalists, editors and media house managers

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