Gender & ICTs
Dafne Plou, APC WNSP LAC regional coordinator, is a panelist in this congress.
This workshop will focus on gender evaluation for national ICT projects from around the world, by adapting the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme’s Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet
A three volume book set that captures the APC WNSP experience of getting women online during the 1990s, including running the onsite internet centre at the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women and case studies from Latin America, Africa, Asia and Central Europe.
It is obvious that the discourse around content regulation has shifted mostly towards the protection of children from harmful content and child pornography on the internet. Any references to gender-related concerns were dropped, including even problematic conceptions that women and children need the paternalistic protection of the state or international bodies from harmful content. One can speculate that this could possibly mean (in a positive sense) that women are no longer viewed only as “victims” and because of their own agency do not require the protectionist attitude of the state. Or, on the other hand, women’s movements, feminists and others working on gender have encountered and realised the hazards of demanding protection from the state, in the interests of their own freedom of expression and because of their alliances with civil society, non-governmental organisations and social movements.