Women and technology: Do they really go together?

“So, where are you interning?”

“This organization called Feminist Approach to Technology. I think it is simply brilliant! It believes that women should get a voice in the society by getting access to technological means. So that’s what they do! They introduce these young history makers, who do not necessarily have access to basic technology, to computers, photography and film making. I think this is such a fun way for girls to learn about themselves as women in India!”

A blog post by Manisha Massey, an intern at FAT

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Analyzing social structures in different cities - विभिन्न शहरों के सामाजिक संरचना का विश्लेषण

There has been a significant change in my life in the last three and a half years. Though I have been fighting against socially repressive structures since a young age, I understood their true meaning and the correct terms only after joining FAT. I began my journey here in Delhi at the Tech Center and today, I am so proud to be taking all my learning and the model to a different space.

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Stories that the camera tells - कैमरा की कही कहानी

I was quite excited about today’s workshop. I knew the topic of today’s session but I did not know how exactly it would shape to be as everyone has a different style of teaching and explaining things. I was happy beforehand because the workshop was on a topic that I am interested in and is close to my heart and I was curious to know more about it. Today’s workshop was on documentary filmmaking and how to use a camera’s lens to tell stories in different ways

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View on Gender: Internet know-how and social change

- By Aamna Mohdin, SciDev.Net, 14th November 2014

Facebook has launched a challenge to design apps that help women get online. But some Indian women could be prohibited from using them. One project is tackling this barrier by providing web access in a safe environment.

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Why Mark Zuckerberg needs to worry about India's skewed gender dynamics

For every Indian woman on Facebook, there are three Indian men.

- By Shivam Vij, Scroll.in, 9th October 2014

Facebook has a problem. Two-thirds of the world's population is not on the internet. Male domination in India is part of this problem.

In September 2012, the number of active users on Facebook crossed one billion. The next year, Facebook tied up with six mobile companies and created a platform called Internet.org to get the next billion users online by making internet access easier and cheaper through mobile phones. As of June, Facebook had 1.32 billion  active users. Most of these come from the United States, but the second-largest number are from India.

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नेतृत्व का पहला अनुभव - The first experience of taking the lead

I have been engaged in working on my fellowship at FAT that combines my learning here and my passion and interest in theatre. I am working on using street play as a medium to illustrate gender discrimination in our society and how feminism can be a way of countering patriarchal oppression. I hope to engage in efficient community work as part of this six-month fellowship that I began working on this month. Though there are several problems I face while on the field, I am happy with the smooth manner in which I am progressing. My work requires me to multitask constantly—talking to people and participants, explaining the objective of my fellowship, generating awareness and curiosity in them regarding this.

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Understanding society’s sexual politics

Patriarchy was created to safeguard the private property. It all started with this statement. A seven-day venture into the roots of society, the hows and whys of its beahviour.  A reflection on the youth of our country, their rights and the knowledge of sexuality. In a nut shell, this is the crux of what I learned as part of ‘Yuva, Yaunikta and Adhikar’ course organised by Nirantar from October 8 and 14. In a room full of experienced people from “the field”, I was an amateur novice, trying to understand the linkage between various concepts and their application in everyday life. 

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Our rights and their use - हमारे अधिकार और उनका उपयोग

I learned about my rights when I attended a workshop with the entire team of FAT. This workshop was conducted by Ms. Anisha Chugh of South Asian Women’s Fund. She taught us that our rights are our own and that no one is allowed to take them away from us under any circumstances. There are some rights that we are born with and it is important that we learn what they are and how well we utilize them. It is also important to remember that no one can forcibly take our rights away. Through this workshop, I learned that it is important to be aware about one’s own rights that one is entitled to.

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Shabnam’s life: A living proof of transformation - शबनम की ज़िंदगी: परिवर्तन का एक प्रमाण

I recently met Shabnam, one of the girls who was associated with our Tech Center a couple of years ago. After having the pleasure of teaching her then, I was curious to know about her life now and what she has been up to since she left FAT. As a student at Tech Center, I recall her to be a fast learner, a friendly person and someone with a lot of repressed anger. A fighter at heart with a resilient spirit, Shabnam was the kind of person who fought for everything—at home, in the school, with her relatives. But, when she faced something in the public space, handling street harassment, for instance, she used to get scared. 

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A brief look at FAT’s STEM report

It would not be an exaggeration to state that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are spaces shaped dominantly by men and the conventional masculinity that they bring. Unfortunately, this is not just a figment of imagination but a fact when one sees the spaces of scientific and technological education, innovation, creation and use. The disparity is neither a recent development nor an issue that has been tackled effectively. Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) is an organization that is challenging the exclusionary attitude of these spaces and is illustrating through its work that women are as capable in STEM fields as men, if not more. 

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