Gender & ICTs

Setting the scene at IGF without gender perspective?

IGF Athens

The first Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on how the internet is run. It was set up at the end of 2005 by the United Nations Secretary-General following a resolution made by governments at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

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Some african women journalists still hand-writing


Bimbola Ayesola is a woman journalist working at The Sun Publishing Ltd, a

Where are the Women? At home, not being assertive.

Highway Africa Conference Grahamstown, South Africa

I arrived with 3 other Source: APC website">Association for Progressive Communications

Africa Women project (AAW website">AAW

) delegates on Monday morning to attend the Highway Africa conference in a raining Grahamstown, South Africa. I looked at the conference programme for Highway Africa and saw that only 11 female speakers were listed out of fifty.

When talking about gender and ICT comes down to earth

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES 5 September 2006 (AL for APCNews)

Influencing gender and information and communication technology policies requires a lot of patience and perseverance. And above all, the conviction that it is possible to affect change. The women’s space from APC member Pangea has took on the arduous task of incorporating the topic into the Catalonian political agenda.

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FLOSSophy and migration solutions

Mexico City

APC Source: APC WNSP website">Women's Networking Support Programme

are running a 2-day workshop on FLOSS at the Know How Conference being held in Mexico City from 21-15 August. From a small and tightly packed computer room, with fans whirring in the background to cool down the room, participants moved from FLOSSophy to migrating to Free Software Foundation ">FOSS


Will women really benefit from the digital revolution?

DAKAR, SENEGAL 26 July 2006 (Sylvie Niombo)

The book “The Gender Digital Divide in Francophone Africa, a Harsh Reality” written by Marie-Helene Mottin-Sylla has just been translated into English by APC, the Association for Progressive Communications. On this occasion, Sylvie Niombo, Deputy Coordinator of APC’s Africa-Women network, interviewed Marie-Helene on the content of the book.

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GRACE project: State of the research

WYNBERG 6 June 2006 (Ineke Buskens for GRACE)

GRACE is a group of 14 research teams working in 12 African countries focusing on Gender Research in Africa into ICT’s for Empowerment, supported by a research grant from the International Development Research Centre of Canada. This research project was completed in be completed in 2008. Read the full update.

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Gender and ICTs in Africa: Let’s talk research


Performing research can be challenging, especially when researchers turn to their own communities. In the GRACE project, researchers will meet to share their findings and develop their writing skills in early June in Durban, South Africa. Organised in fourteen different teams, the researchers live and work in twelve African countries and all are tackling a fundamental question: How do women in Africa use information and communication technologies (ICTs) for empowerment?

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Why are Congolese women absent from decision making in ICTs?

BRAZZAVILLE, CONGO 30 May 2006 (Sylvie Niombo)

The Republic of Congo is located in Central Africa, with an estimated population of 2,854,600 in 2000. Telecommunications infrastructures are decrepit, limited to the two biggest cities of the country, Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. Despite the existence of private telecommunications companies, only mobile telephony penetrates faster in rural areas. Telecommunications infrastructures are, thus, unable to meet the needs of the Congolese population, especially those of women who constitute 51 per cent of inhabitants.

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Womenspace in Korean cyberspace

DHAKA, Bangladesh

From Dalgun in South Korea, we get access to links to Korean feminism websites. From a feminism portal site, to an English-language site, and ones that give you access to community radio and webrings of feminist bloggers... there's quite some diversity coming out here. Watch this space.

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