TakeBacktheTech discourse at T2F
The Take Back the Tech! Interactive Session at T2F went off like a breeze. Some really engaging people showed up. We started the proceedings with an introduction to what TBTT was, why the need for this campaign arose and how Pakistan had become part of it, as well as some of the activities that had taken place last year and in 2010.
After the introduction two of the TBTT Small Grants Awardees spoke about their projects, asked for ideas and volunteers. Here are the two videos of these talks by Nuzhat Kidvai and Naveen Naqvi & Sana Saleem.
These talks were followed by a very compelling and powerful film that Beena Sarwar had made on Mukhtara Mai. It was the 9 minute version of the film. Hopefully we will be able to get her permission to put it up soon. The film started off what seemed much like a story circle – starting with comments on Mukhtara’s courage and accomplishments and her ability to reach out and help others, with other people sharing their experiences of abuse. It was really an intense session.
Sabeen Mahmud then moderated a session on Online Social Activism. On the panel were Beena Sarwar who has been a journalist and a part of the women’s movement, Atiya Dawood an activist and a poet, Farieha Aziz a young magazine journalist. Although the discussions started with the panel, everyone took part. The main question was whether online activism, online petititions, etc were actually effective and what was the reason that street protests were no longer the norm – why did people not turn up for them. The discussion was in English and Urdu with differing views – some saying that nothing could replace street protests, others of the view that with distances and security issues, and people being busy, online was where most of the mobilization and activity took place. I will put up the video in the next day or so.
All in all it was a great session. All attendees got TBTT t-shirts and bands on which they were asked to write their own TBTT activism slogans.