International Women's Day
Today, March 8th, women all around the world are expressing themselves in one way or another on commemorating their all year long struggle for equality and justice. Maybe where you live you will be able to join a women’s march or a special event, a panel, or forum. But for some women out there, it is quite dangerous to openly discuss or demand rights, and to do so, they use the internet. But the internet is a continuation of the places we live in—and in many ways can be as unsafe as the non-digital world. At the Tor Project, we envision an internet ecosystem that can be navigated in a safer way.
The work we do at the Tor Project is to ensure that anyone can safely use the internet. We are very happy to know that our work provides women all around the world the security and anonymity they need to organize and express themselves.
On this International Women’s Day, we would like to share some ways in which Tor is useful for women in particular:
- Women can use Tor to stay safer while organizing. Tor is a critical tool for any activist to stay safe and is a part of many digital security trainings and tutorials.
- Onion services technology can be very useful to share educational information on women’s health in countries where to do so is illegal. A great tool to share files in a secure way is OnionShare. It is very easy to use, we recommend everyone to give it a try.
- Victims of domestic violence can use Tor to safely use the internet without leaving a trace of their activities, empowering them to stay safe while making a plan to leave the relationship, access resources, or speak to friends and family.
There are many sister collectives and organizations in the Internet Freedom community who are doing amazing work supporting women in their local communities and teaching them all about Tor and other digital security tools.
We would like to give a shout out to: CiberSeguras, Equality Labs, Sula Batsu, Fundación Karisma, Cl4ndestina, Luchadoras, CiberFeministas, Digital Rights Foundation, Maria Lab, and many others who are doing amazing work bringing knowledge and skills on the digital security front to women and LGBTQIA+ communities all around the world.
The Tor Project is an organization led by women, and we want to wish all women a great International Women’s Day! Stay strong, stay in the struggle! And remember, use Tor :)