Gender & ICTs

Women over 35: Too old for technology?

BUENOS AIRES 29 October 2009 (Dafne Sabanes Plou for APC WNSP)

In rural Latin America, women are fed up of hearing that they are “too old” to use computers. “ The lives of many women in Latin America have changed significantly in the past few decades. Rural women in their thirties have at least primary school education and know their rights thanks in many cases to community radio,” says APC’s Dafne Sabanes Plou. “They are ready for a place in today’s networked world.”

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ICTs and women's equality: APC and the gender evaluation methodology (GEM)

MONTEVIDEO 20 August 2009 (APC for APCNews)

“With GEM I began to appreciate why sometimes the women that are part of our community resist the empowerment process. I used to be annoyed but now I understand that this is the product of years of conditioning and it will take some effort to reverse the trend. GEM helps you see the situation for what it is, so you can optimise your resources where you can make the maximum impact in creating change,” John Dada has been a GEM user since 2007 in rural Nigeria. GEM is an evaluation tool for determining whether ICTs are really improving or worsening women’s lives and for promoting positive change. GEM has been developed from the ground up, and has involved the collaboration of hundreds of community-based organisations and individuals since its first design in 2002.

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The strategic use of technology for social change: APC and the women's movement

MONTEVIDEO 20 August 2009 (APC for APCNews)

As a consequence of our capacity-building work with hundreds of organisations and people from the women’s movement, we believe that we have helped to transform how the women’s movement thinks about technology and the internet, and that their confidence has been built to use technology more and more creatively to further women’s rights. “In the last five years, we have worked with many people and organisations,” says women’s programme coordinator Chat Garcia Ramilo. “What we have discovered is that this overall process of capacity building takes a long time, but if we persist long enough, we find out what changes it brings about.”

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WNSP Meeting

Location: 
Kuala Lumpur
Date and time: 
Aug 12 2009 (All day) - Aug 13 2009 (All day)

APC's WNSP team will be meeting for two more days after the MDG3 Asia and EroTICs planning meetings to talk about plans for 2009 Take back the Tech campaign and WNSP's communications plan for 2009 - 2

WNSP MDG3 Asia Planning Meeting

Location: 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date and time: 
Aug 3 2009 (All day) - Aug 5 2009 (All day)

This is the planning meeting for Asian partners of WNSP's MDG3 project which focuses on strengthening the strategic use of ICT to combat violence agains women.

First Planning Workshop - EroTICs: Exploratory Research on Sexuality and the Internet

Location: 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Pacific Regency, Menara Pan Global, Jln Punchak, Off Jln P Ramlee 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Date and time: 
Aug 7 2009 (All day) - Aug 10 2009 (All day)

EroTICs is a cross-country exploratory research project. This a two-and-a-half year research project taking place from 2008 to 2010 will respond to the question:

Woman! Thou Are Loosed From Poverty

This Day, Lagos, Nigeria
Woman! Thou Are Loosed From Poverty
22 July 2009

This major independent daily covers APC member Fantsuam Foundation "a rural-based non-governmental organisation [which] works with local communities to fight poverty and empowers disadvantage people. It is committed to making Southern Kaduna a successful and replicable model of integrated rural development in Nigeria. It was founded in 1996 by a group of Nigerian professionals from the area who recognised the need for empowering their rural neighbours and community members, particularly women, to find means of employment and income and meet their own development needs." And mentions that among its many 'firsts', Fantsuam Foundation was the winner of the First APC Africa Hafkin prize (2001).

R U Ready 2 Talk? Keep your chats exactly that! New Campaign for South African girls

JOHANNESBURG 28 May 2009 (Women'sNet)

Is the cellular phone a tool for oppression or empowerment? An innovative new campaign by Girl’sNet, a daughter project of Women’sNet aims to ensure that the cell phones are are used to empower young South African women through positive self-expression.

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South Africa elections 2009: E-campaigns, the "f' word, and new political movements

JOHANNESBURG 14 May 2009 (Women'sNet)

The recent South African elections, held on April 22 2009, seem to be the most vibrant yet to grip the country. Political parties launched their manifestos and a striking issue was the absence of women’s concerns in the political parties’ agenda, in spite of the fact that women formed the majority of this years registered voters. This special edition newsletter on gender and politics by Women’sNet explores the question of women, gender and politics and will leave you wanting to read more…

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