Gender-based violence and technology: entering the 16 Days of Activism
November 25 marked the beginning of the 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence around the globe, which first saw the light in 1991. Activism can be taken to the streets, as the demonstrations in different places such as in Paris show. However, activism is, according to its formal definition, all about bringing political or social change through vigorous campaigning.
Under the lines of activism and feminism, a Gender_tech hackathon took place this past Friday and Saturday at Antwork, Hamra in Beirut. Activists of Human and Women’s rights, as well as academics and technologists gathered for this two-day event where the main goal was to discuss on the intersections of gender and technology, as well as proposing feasible and realistic solutions to end online and offline violence against women and girls. Oxfam, SMEX and the Knowledge Workshop organized the event, in collaboration with HumanityX, association for which Kate Dodgson, host of the Gender_tech, works. HumanityX specializes in innovation sprints, such as hackathons, where they take into consideration the topic, the people attending, the region they’re working in, and the desired outcomes of the day. Read more on the blog.