Revisit to resist: Histories of the movement to end gender-based violence

Nov. 23, 2017

Memory is resistance. When your story is silenced or challenged, remembering the truth is critical.  And when we document our experiences, we pass on lessons learned. For 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December), Take Back the Tech! wants to look back (and forward) at the movement to end gender-based violence.

Women around the world have been organising and agitating for an end to gender-based violence for decades, from streets to servers, from consciousness-raising groups to hashtag conversations, from Take Back the Night to Take Back the Tech! Let's tell the story of the movements that make up this global surge for change. How did your movement start? Whose stories are missing from the mainstream narrative? What impact has technology made? What lessons from the 90s are useful for our activism today?

Take action! Keep it alive!

Help us build a Museum of Movements to showcase materials from the movement to end gender-based violence. Dig into your history and share artefacts from your community like old or recent flyers, t-shirts, buttons, videos, graphics, radio shows, podcasts, zines, essays and blog posts. You can document in two ways:

1. Upload media files to along with a text, ODT or Word doc with the following info: media file name, date of media creation, media creator (optional), country and a brief description.

2. Tweet links to your artefacts using #feministmemory.

Examine it! 

Whose work should be more visible? What are the most creative organising strategies you've seen? Share the wildest protest, most powerful statement or bravest act of solidarity on Twitter with #feministmemory. Interview someone from your movement and share the results in the medium of your choosing. Tweet a link with #feministmemory or submit it to [email protected] to be published on our site.

Open it up! 

How can we strengthen our collective knowledge? What tech tools enable stronger, more open resistance? Join our Twitter chat on the use of technology for feminist knowledge sharing on 7 December at 17 UTC by following #feministmemory

Give it a feminist lens! 

How do you define feminist movement building in a digital age? We're relaunching the Feminist Principles of the Internet (FPI) website, so watch for more information about FPI actions and follow #feministinternet.

Get curious about your feminist history. Revisit to resist and Take Back the Tech, an initiative launched in 2006 by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) Women's Rights Programme. Follow @takebackthetech on Twitter today!