Gender & ICTs

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Gender and ICT policy monitor coordinator
Katcha is specialised in women’s rights and ICT policy. She is chief editor of the website. She lives in the Czech Republic.

Cultivating violence through technology?

By Jac S M Kee (November 2005, APC WNSP )

This paper explores the connection between new information communication technologies (ICTs) and violence against women (VAW). From the perspective of representation and rapid dissemination of information and communication enabled through ICTs, the paper looks at domestic violence in the homes, sexual violence and women in conflict affected areas. It presents case studies, strategies and analysis on these different areas. The study is the part of APC WNSP issue papers series on ICTs for women’s rights.

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Digital dangers: Information & communication technologies and trafficking in women

By Kathleen Maltzahn (November 2006, APC WNSP )

This discussion paper asks if new technologies are re-shaping or facilitating trafficking, and/or if the use of ICTs in trafficking will change the way we understand other issues. For example, how should we think about the distribution of women’s images against their will; can we talk about trafficking in images, and what relation does this have to the debate about pornography? It explores government responses and the tension between the right to privacy and the right to freedom from violence in the context of ICTs. This paper is a joint publication of AWID and the APC WNSP.

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The potential of ICT for promoting gender equality

By Natasha Primo (November 2005, Global Knowledge Partnership )

The information revolution is not about technology, it is about people. This is increasingly recognised and has led to the convergence of major global development initiatives. Today, there is a strong correlation in the quest for an inclusive and equitable information society and the effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This book argues that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play a decisive role in both. Drawing on current research, learning and experience from concrete projects, the authors show that ICT provide an overarching enabling platform for development processes. Because of their generic and transformative power, ICT can not only contribute to the achievement of specific development objectives in areas such as health or education, but are also key enablers of sustainable human development in a more general sense.

“The potential of ICT for promoting gender equality”, in Access, empowerment & governance creating a world of equal opportunities with ICT, Natasha Primo for GKP.

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Women 2000 and beyond: Gender equality in information and communication technologies

By Sonia Jorge, Nancy Hafkin and Chat Garcia Ramilo (September 2005, United Nations Secretariat )

“Women 2000 and beyond: Gender equality in information and communication technologies” was compiled by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (UNDAW), with the collaboration of Sonia Jorge, Nancy Hafkin and Chat Garcia Ramilo.

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Mainstreaming ICTs: Africa lives the information society.

By Women'sNet and OSISA (January 2005, Women'sNet and OSISA )

This handbook for development practitioners offers 10 case studies from southern Africa in an attempt to bridge policy and practice in the use of ICTs to confront issues of gender inequalities, schools with limited resources, and harsh environmental realities. It also features five toolkits to help civil society organisations deepen their capacity to apply ICTs and forge their path in the information society. One of the toolkits featured is APC WNSP’s Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs (GEM).

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Two women lobby for communications rights

By Dafne Plou (December 2005, Digitall Future: International Feminist Magazine )
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The role of information and communication technologies in the development of African women

By Jennifer Radloff, Natasha Primo and Alice Munyua (August 2004, APC )

This paper sets out to look at the question to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in relation to women’s development in Africa. The emphasis is on current issues and the paper highlights key issues and challenges faced by women in Africa and to a smaller extent, globally. The paper provides examples of good practice and includes recommendations to civil society organisations on how to create an enabling environment for women to access and use ICTs for development. The crucial link between understanding the gender dimensions of the information society – in terms of what women’s needs are and a thorough understanding of conditions of access, policies – and the potential ICTs have of boosting the economic, political and social empowerment of women, and the promotion of gender equality is explored. An extensive resource list and examples of successful initiatives form the field are included in appendices.

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