Feminist Tech Exchange PK kicks off!

June 8, 2010 at 7:38 am Leave a comment

When we invited facilitators and experts from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) to conduct the first Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) in Pakistan, I was excited. We all were. However, I don’t think any of us could have foreseen how inspiring and powerful the first day of the workshop would be.

A quick look at the FTX Website tells us that:

The Feminist Tech Exchange, also known as the FTX, was developed in response to calls from feminist and women’s rights movements for greater understanding of emerging technologies, their potential and impact on the rights and lives of women.

Through skills sharing, information exchange and discussions, the FTX explores feminist practices and politics of technology, and raises awareness on the critical role of communication rights in the struggle to advance women’s rights worldwide.

The FTX-es also aim to create a connection between ICT and the empowerment of women, for women to take control of technology and use it for their own benefit and for the benefit of the communities and societies in which they live.

The first ever such workshop in Pakistan started in Islamabad yesterday. It was a day I will not soon forget. Digital Story Telling, Online Security and Online Advocacy skills are all very much part of the agenda of this 5 day workshop. In this video, Jan Moolman, the Global Coordinator for the MDG3 project who is an expert from South Africa and a core member of the APC, told us the importance of Digital Stories and read out some prose that explained why people wrote what they did (and why they told the stories that they did). She then went on to show us some of the stories that were developed in other parts of the world by people just like us.

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