Women Crossing the Tech Line in Southern Africa


Women activists from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are reclaiming and using ICTs to amplify women’s voices for rights. From July 18th to 20th, JASS Southern Africa and Women’sNet hosted a Southern Africa Regional Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) in Johannesburg with nine activists to build ICT skills and strategies to support their organizing. “I am only a grassroots woman but [now] I am empowered with the skills on technology especially the use of the Blogs, Facebook, twitters, and Flickr,” wrote Malawian organizer, Mirriam Msewa. The space unleashed exciting ideas and tools, as women learned-by-doing, creating a Facebook pageblog, and video.