Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Women and Africa and Middle East

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Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • Women Drive Change: Tech in the Global South

    by Zawadi Nyong'o, Kara Andrade, Emily Jacobi, Jenn Sramek and Catherine Harrington

    The use of technology by women in the Global South is growing fast!

    From Africa to South America to Southeast Asia, women in the Global South are using technology tools in new and creative ways with astounding results. Teen girls and senior citizens alike are finding the freedom to use technology to let their voices be heard, to foster an independent living, and to bring about revolution.

    Women in the Global South are using advanced tactics and tools to:

    • Gain support to achieve their right to drive in Saudi Arabia
    • Advance human rights, sexual and reproductive rights and health, governance, and sustainable development in East Africa
    • Raise awareness about corrective rape and other hate crimes against lesbians in South Africa
    • Do Community mapping of sexual violence and harassment in Egypt
    • Mobilize support for women’s representation in leadership positions
    • Organize to topple political leadership

    Sophisticated and coordinated social media campaigns are becoming the domain of women all over the world.

    We will talk about what this means for women in the Global South, how their online personas might differ from real-world personas in societies where women have fewer rights, and where technology tools need to go next in order to meet their specific needs.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Salon E, AT&T Conference Center

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