Gender & ICTs

Dominican Republic guarantees women's equality in technology initiatives and policies across the country

SANTO DOMINGO 17 December 2009 (El Nuevo Diario)

The Dominican Republic is the first Latin American country to act on their commitments to involve women in the information society nationwide. This Caribbean island nation of ten million has promised to include a “gender perspective” in every information and communications technology initiative and policy developed by the government from now on. “This is great news for women’s equality in the Dominican Republic,” said APC’s Dafne Plou who trained government officials in November. “And it’s potentially a breakthrough for millions of other women in Latin America because the Dominican Republic is leading Latin American governments’ thinking around gender and technology as part of the regional eLAC2010 plan”. The tool the Dominicans have chosen to design and evaluate all the public policies is the APC gender evaluation methodology (GEM).

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EroTICs: An Exploratory Research on Sexuality & The Internet - Literature Review

By Manjima Bhattacharjya and Maya Indira Ganesh (January 2009, APC WNSP )
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Day 8 of Take Back the Tech! The Great Pornography Debate - What's the harm?

KUALA LUMPUR 2 December 2009 (Take Back the Tech! for APC)
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Is porn harmful? Does it contribute to violence against women? Should it be censored? Is it misunderstood? Are there many types of sexual expressions that get clumped under one category of "pornography"? Does the internet actually provide opportunities to allow for more diverse expression of sexualities? Does it have benefits instead? What kind? Who should regulate it? The user of porn? The makers of porn? The gatekeepers of the internet? The government? The consumer association? No one? What's your take? Share your opinion and stories on the Take Back The Tech! Great Debate on Online Pornography.
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Take Back the Tech!

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From 25 November to 10 December, get ready to click your mouse, flex your SMS fingers and engage full energy to take control of technology to end violence ag

16-day campaign starts: To Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women

CUERNAVACA 25 November 2009 (APC WNSP for APC)

From 25 November to 10 December, get ready to click your mouse, flex your SMS fingers and engage full energy to take control of technology to end violence against women. APC calls on all of us who use radio, television, internet, emails and mobile phones to Take Back the Tech!

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Promoting ICT to improve the livelihood of women in rural and remote areas


Welcome news for women in the rural communities: the Philippine Community eCenter Network (PhilCeCNet), with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Asia Pacific Women's Information

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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