Vision: All women and girls confidently exercise their information and communication rights to create social capital and wealth that positively impacts on their lives. Mission: Women’sNet is a South African based non-governmental organisation that strengthens women and girls movements for social change through the strategic use of information communication tools and advocacy that promotes access, the right to information and freedom of expression. Women’sNet achieves this through the following: Women and girls are empowered to use, control and adapt new information and communication tools, skills and knowledge to meet their own needs and to claim their rights. By collaborating with networks and campaigns Women’sNet successfully advocates for policy change that promotes gender justice, internet rights and freedoms. Women’sNet is a key player in advocating for universal access to affordable, secure and gender aware information and communication technology services. Women’sNet is an effective, innovative lead agent for social change with knowledgeable and skilled people. Women’sNet is a learning organisation with systems to monitor and evaluate our interventions in order to increase our impact and deepen our practice.
Previous campaign activities
Join us for the 16 days of activism As part of the 16 days of Activism campaign of NO Violence against Women and Children, Women'sNet is embarking on a campaign and twitter drive under the hashtag #Fone4women. The campaign is aimed at the public to donate their old cell-phone to women and girls victim of violence as it has been previously reported that victims of violence more especially domestic violence use cell-phones to record and report incidents of violence to use as proof for their case. The cell-phones will be donated to victims of violence.
We request that you participate in this 16 days campaign of no violence against women and children by either:
- 1. Following @WomensnetSA on twitter and retweet our tweets from November 09th to December 9th under the hashtag #Fone4women
- 2. Like our facebook page "Fone4women" and share our status updates with your friends and comment
- 3. Donating an old cell-phone at 4th floor Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg
- 4. Take the "I don't forward violence pledge" on our website www.womensnet.org.za
- 5. Join us for the screening of 16 stories collected for the 16 days of NO violence against women and children on December 9th 2011 at Civicus House, 24 Gwigwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown Johannesburg
Why must people donate their phones?
To commemorate 16 days of activism against Violence against Women, Women''sNet is running a campaign and a twitter drive called Fone4Women. The campaign is aimed at getting people to donate their old cell-phones to women and girls victims of violence. Cell-phone ownership is very high in South Africa even in rural areas amongst the poor, even though it is basic cell phones that are used. One of the first things that the domestic abusers do to their victims is to take away the communication tools ? cell-phone!
On the other hand victims of violence are reported to be using cell-phones to report their cases or keep evidence of abuse. The aim of this campaign is to restore the communication and access to information rights of victims of abuse by giving them back tools to communicate. Some survivors of domestic violence have used phones to record their digital stories which have proven to be a powerful tool to share stories and help others heals as they watch and listen to similar experiences. Therefore donating a cell phone will come with more advantages to women and girls.
Women'sNet model rests on three pillars which are: Information/ content generation linked to networking, capacity building and making ICT accessible to women, especially those that are disadvantaged. Having access to a better cell phone would also allow women and girls access to the internet to be able to participate in the information age as desktop computer with internet still remain a luxury to the disadvantaged. Donated cell phones could save a life by enabling victims of domestic violence with instant access to emergency services.