In 2018, Samantha Barnard (Deputy Director, Phambano Technology Development Centre NPC) and Di Ruthenberg (Programme Coordinator, Phambano Technology Development Centre NPC) had conversations around the fact that NGO’s in the landscape were not fully understanding how to effectively use social media and the tech available for campaigning and advocacy to advance their cause. There was also a lack of knowledge as to using digital properties responsibly.
Samantha and Di wanted to help society and organisations in the sector to advocate safely and ensure their online presence is safe and secure. This conversation since, transformed into a programme. 2019 saw the launch of the first #Tech2EndGBV TechClinics which equipped NGO’s in the Western Cape with building their Digital Campaigns to raise awareness around the issues of Gender-based-violence.
Our target audience
Women’s organisations, Shelter Movements, Youth-focused organisations, Men’s Organisations, Education institutions, Support Causes, Faith-based institutions, Social Workers, and Government Departments across Southern Africa.
Advocating against GBV is a collective social responsibility. #Tech2EndGBV encourages NGO’s and their beneficiaries to use tech responsibly, support each other through social media platforms and share resources and knowledge. Leading up to #16DaysOfActivism we host practical and theoretical TechClinics to equip organisations with the following skills:
- Trauma: GBV is a learned behaviour
- Campaign Creation and Brainstorming
- Digitizing Campaigns
Digital Campaign: 25 November to 10 December
Advocating against GBV is a collective social responsibility and should be supported 365 days a year. #16Days is a concentrated time set aside internationally to focus all of society’s attention to the cause.
Throughout the period, #Tech2EndGBV will support Southern African NGOs that are campaigning by providing them with social media support.
We are a programme of Phambano Technology Development Centre NPC
Phambano Technology Development Centre is a purpose driven organisation with the aim of becoming known as the go to solution for technology capacity building in civil society organisations across Southern Africa.
Our technology development initiatives allow us to provide once off or ongoing support to organisations in need. The range of services offered by Phambano Technology Development Centre aim to increase the skills and capacity of organisations across Southern Africa, empowering organisations to reach more beneficiaries at a local and global level.
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