Gender & ICTs

Gender, agriculture and ICTs: What you can do with 7000 euros

MONTEVIDEO 20 September 2010 (APC for GenARDIS)

In Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo, women’s cassava root crops were being destroyed by pests but thanks to some internet training, they increased their healthy crop production and agricultural knowledge. In the Dominican Republic, women from an agro-processing cooperative learned to better manage their production thanks to an ICT training -many of them were 50 years old or more, which is “old” and “good for nothing” by rural Dominican standards. Find out more about what GenARDIS projects were able to achieve with small grants of about 7000 euros. Photo by Fundación Taïguey

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Seven policy tips to ensure rural women equal access to ICTs

20 September 2010 (Sonia Jorge for APC)

Illiteracy, lack of electricity and poor infrastructure are just some of the challenges that are preventing rural women from benefiting from ICTs. But these gender-related challenges are often overlooked by policy makers, and policies that are developed that don’t consider the specific context of rural men and women are more likely to fail, as they will not meet the needs of everyone equally. This is why the inclusion of gender must be considered in the policy process. What exactly can local and national policy makers do in order to address some of these issues? Policy analyst Sonia Jorge gives some insights. Photo by ARDA

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Facilitators Guide for GEM Workshops

By Angela M. Kuga Thas, Chat Garcia Ramilo and Dafne Sabanes Plou (May 2010, APC )

The Facilitators Guide for GEM Workshops contains a collection of examples taken from the experiences and learning insights of GEM facilitators who have led workshops across different regions and various contexts. It was written on the premise of “facilitator as learner” and mirrors the principles of learning that you are encouraged to use in your work.

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Straight from the IGF: Three women write about IG issues as they relate to them

CALGARY

For IGF first-timers and veterans, listening to people talk about issues related to internet governance has created a snowball effect of thoughts.

APCNews 129 – Small grants for rural women (GenARDIS)

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APCNews – September 20 2010 – Year XI Issue 129
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A deaf woman in Ethiopia can now generate her own income through digital photography.

GenARDIS 2002 - 2010: Small grants that made big changes for women in agriculture

By APC (September 2010, APC )

The GenARDIS fund disbursed US $250,000 to use technology to improve rural livelihoods in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific over almost a decade. Here are lessons learned in English and French.

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APCNouvelles 127 – FGI, femmes et TIC en Afrique de l'Ouest

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Two sides of the same ICT coin

NEW YORK 23 August 2010 (Mavic Cabrera-Balleza for GenderIT.org)

APC´s gender and ICT policy site GenderIT.org speaks with Sylvie Niombo and Françoise Mukuku, ICT activists from the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They discuss the internet, mobile phones and how they are being used in their countries to reduce incidence of violence against women and how conversely they aggravate violence and lead to violation of privacy laws. They also explain why access to ICTs is critical for the achievement of the third Millennium Development Goal on women´s empowerment. Photo: Françoise Mkuku helps a friend with bluetooth

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Technology, privacy and violence against Argentinian women

BUENOS AIRES 23 August 2010 (Florencia Goldsman with Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

Women in Argentina discuss ICTs and violence against women at a workshopWomen in Argentina discuss ICTs and violence against women at a workshopA recent consultation held by APC in Buenos Aires found that cell phones are becoming increasingly regarded as a way for men to harrass and monitor their wives and girlfriends. While a number of laws protecting women’s rights have just been passed, they are yet to be tested in court. This GenderIT.org article looks at the current legislation regarding violence and technology, the gaps that exist and what grass-roots organisations are advocating for. Photo: APC WNSP

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