APCNews 120 – APC turns 20! Gender & tech in India
APCNews – May 13 2010 – Year XI Issue 120
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
APC, the world’s longest-running network, celebrates our 20th anniversary in May 2010. Twenty years networking online for social justice and sustainable development. We invite you to read some of the congratulatory messages that we’ve received, full of memories and to send your own! (you must be logged in, you can also comment on other posts) (http://www.apc.org/en/20-years-old). Thank you for helping make APC what it is today!
— NEWS —
How one Indian academic is putting the spotlight on discrimination against women in the gov’t rural e-governance scheme
CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – While the Indian government attempts to include gender on the official agenda in traditional sectors like health and education, gender within the technology sphere is a relatively new concept in India and one that government officials are just not ready to take seriously. They are not convinced by recent findings on the disempowerment of women into rural e-governance in Chhattisgarh, India’s poorest state, and this has been a challenge for lead researcher Dr. Anupama Saxena, a political scientist. Saxena tells APCNews about the struggle to be taken seriously and how the GEM, APC’s Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM), has given her the credibility and confidence to tackle policy makers head-on.
Blind people in rural Nigeria get their teeth into job opportunities
KAFANCHAN (Kelechi Michaels for Fantsuam Foundation) – Last year, rural non-profit the Fantsuam Foundation trained almost six hundred locals in computing to improve their livelihoods – but only one was a person with physical disabilities. Now incorporating JAWS – a Job Access With Speech screen reader – Fantsuam will open their basic and advanced computer skills classes to people who can’t see.
A feminist tech exchange in Congo
For four days from March 31, fifteen women gathered at the Feminist Tech Exchange in the Brazzaville (Congo) Digital Campus. Participants and trainers alike came from human and women’s rights organisations, the media and politics to learn more about how to use technology to end violence against women and girls. APC member Azur Développement was involved in putting on the event which talked about the hows and whys of blogging, using video, audio and mobile phones, as well as social networking. The FTX is a part of the APC’s Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project in twelve countries. Watch the video of the event (in French).
The mBillionth award: Promoting excellence in mobile media in South Asia
NEW DELHI 4 May 2010 (Osama Manzar for DEF) – South Asia is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing mobile markets, surpassing traditional media like television, radio, printed press and newer media like the internet. And mobile platforms are becoming the natural choice for extending digital services – SMS and basic voice to smart phones and enterprise workflow. Mobile is the choice for new content and services. APC member Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and the Government of India launches a new award to recognise the best mobile applications in the region with awards in ten categories. Find out more about the mBillionth award.
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