16 days of activism

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.

Many have looked at the increase in ICTs as a good sign for Africa development because we don’t have to go through decades of  waiting for technology advancement like most of the developed world did. We can easily use a mobile phone to report a crime and  the same phone is being used for some projects targeting safe motherhood and many other things that weren’t possible before.

But little  attention has been paid to the impact ICTs have had on women’s freedom and the increase in domestic violence. Here is a piece I worked on for IPS on the theme ahead of the 16 days of activism.