About Us

Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan is a human rights organization with a focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). B4A is involved with the Take Back The Tech Campaign since its inception in 2006. At the forefront of Internet Rights movement and struggle for social justice in Pakistan, B4A focuses on innovative use of digital media tools, capacity building of human rights defenders, women rights organizations & individual activists on their digital security, online safety & privacy.

Over the past three years, B4A in collaboration with several different civil society organizations have taken up several advocacy initiatives and actions around different existing government policies and laws in the country. Our interventions have mainly revolved around how technology can help minimize and end Violence Against Women (VAW) that is rampant and increasing in our society.

The acts of violence against women in the real world are replicated online, including cyber stalking, bullying and other acts that violate women's safety and privacy compromising their economic & social well being. In most cases, women do not know how to protect themselves. Nor have telecommunications companies, internet service providers and software developers adopted adequate measures to protect users' privacy and security. Unfortunately, there are no protections for citizens provided by any legislation in Pakistan.

Building upon the past work of B4A, is collaborating with a range of social actors such as women’s rights organisations working in VAW, service providers (NGOs and government), policymakers including gender or women’s machineries, social media and technology activists, and researchers and academic institutions will work to develop and deploy mobile-Internet based Technical Platform for reporting and mapping of violence against women (VAW) incidents in Pakistan.

Aligning with Take Back The Tech campaign, VAWMAP will be monitoring VAW cases, documenting and mapping to seek solutions and add strong voices to advocacy for policy development purposes. VAWMAP also seeks to develop mechanisms, where more and more women join the cyberspace and add to the growing voices to seek solutions to combat violence against women in Pakistan.