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LGBTI using technology to advance their activism. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lerato Nkutha   

Forum for the Empowerment of women have created such spaces through their project called FEW Tech Voices which aims to contribute in building the capacity of black lesbians to fight gender based violence and it further contribute to body of knowledge about lived experiences of black lesbians of different ages, youth being part of these groups.

The project has formed platforms in different Social Networks; already it has 184 members who are active. During the month of May 2011, the group hosted a meeting of LGBTI people including feminists, activists and individuals working on human rights issues that looked at the violence perpetuated towards lesbian women and from this meeting a Call to Action was made to end hate crimes in our communities.

These dialogues have led to the community protests that will be held on 7th July 2011 outside police stations around Johannesburg to protest against the on-going brutal killings of lesbian women in townships. The group communicated through face book, task team was formed and all the updates are disseminated on those Social Networks tools created by FTV.

Asking Phindi Malaza programmes coordinator about the project she says, “The project has created a platform in face book where LBT women around South Africa interact and discuss about issues affecting them, through the discussions held, positive solutions were also suggested, the participants from the group thought of a march or a picket for a call of action to end continuing hate crimes in South Africa which the idea is still active”.

Facebook is a popular social networking website with a massive user base that can be used to unify the LGBTi community, share information, bring visibility to our organizations and help create social change.


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