This toolkit draws on the experience and contexts of women activists in southern Africa and beyond. The toolkit aims to assist activists to think through their communication strategies in a way that supports movement building. It offers a practical guide to writing a communication strategy and reviews a number of tools (ICTs) and technology-related campaigns which can be used in organising work.
The toolkit is also about feminist practice and how to use tools and communicate in ways that are democratic, make women’s voices stronger and louder whilst challenging stereotypes and discriminatory social norms. The authors hope it will assist activists in making creative, safe and sustainable choices in using ICTs in communication strategies and consider:
- experiment and be creative in the way you communicate
- think about how communications can help to build movements for social justice
- develop a feminist communication strategy for your organisation that amplifies women’s voices and supports them to tell their own stories
- think about which ICTs to use and when
- adopt a feminist approach to your use and understanding of ICTs
- communicate in ways that challenge gender stereotypes
- think through safety and security concerns that women activists face when using technology
- understand how power works in design, governance and access to ICTs and challenge inequality in our world
- design a workshop for your organisation on ICTs and communications.