Take Back the Tech! is rooted in research and experience of violence against women and ICT activists in different regions in the world. Born from the TBTT campaign calling on all users of ICT to take up any tool at hand - a cell phone, mp3 player, camera, internet, email, paper and pen - to fight violence against women, it is a 12 country project that includes awareness-raising around VAW, skills-building in strategic and activist use of ICTs to defend women´s rights through Feminist Tech Exchanges, networking and strategising with VAW activists in 12 different countries, small seed grants for local ICT innovation to end VAW, activist campaigns online and off, especially during the 16 Days to end gender-based violence, and policy advocacy at the local level - to affect practice, policy or legislative change regarding VAW.
When TBTT started, broadband and social networking sites were largely unheard of in many of the campaigning countries, so introducing safety awareness and ICT skills in such settings was in and of itself innovative and the expressions of empowerment and excitement around anti-VAW activism heard from campaigners was thrilling. The campaign - because of its amazing local campaigners - helped women begin to use many new tools for mobilising and deepen their networking and knowledge around VAW - and to understand how the way VAW is being carried out has been changed by technology.
Face-to-face Feminist Tech Exchanges offer safe learning environments in ICTs to build the strategic and creative use of ICTs to self represent, document abuses, build knowledge, disseminate information, mobilise support and amplify pressures for change, through an approach that combines ICTs with women´s empowerment and healing. TBTT also tackles policy, legislation, and tech developments so that as our lives are propelled into an increasingly higher-tech information society (even in countries with limited ICT infrastructure) women's rights and especially eliminating VAW will also be on the "development" and "growth" agenda.