Africa

What's the “digital dividend”? West African digital broadcast migration

JOHANNESBURG 22 November 2010 (Russell Southwood for APC)

Nollywood is bigger than Hollywood —Nigeria produces a massive 200 films a month— yet 80-90% of content on most African TV stations comes from other continents. As African nations plan to move to digital broadcasting by 2015 it’s time for serious shifts to be made. APC and Balancing Act launch a new initiative to lower the costs and maximise the benefits of migration for citizens and governments.

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Media's role in reporting violence against women discusssed at Johannesburg roundtable

JOHANNESBURG 19 November 2010 (IPS)

APC Women and IPS Africa hosted a media discussion on November 17 entitled ‘Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online’ to explore and highlight issues of gender based violence, ICTs and the role of media.

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Feminist Tech Exchange - Uganda

Location: 
Lwangosia Archdeaconry Church Namaingo district (Eastern Uganda)
Date and time: 
Nov 15 2010 (All day) - Nov 19 2010 (All day)

Using Information and Communication (ICTs) to Combat Violence against Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda

Isis-WICCE with support from the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), has organised a training on “Using Information and Communication (ICTs) to Combat Violence against Women Living with HIV/AIDS” from November 15-19,2010 at Lwangosia Archdeaconry Church i

ICT AFRICA SUMMIT 2010

South Africa

06 th – 08th December 2010 At Cape Town International Convention Centre

Ikapa Media (event organisers) and partners invite you to participate in the ICT AFRICA SUMMIT 2010 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

The ICT Africa Summit is an Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) event addressing a wide range of ICT issues in Africa.

Media Roundtable for 'Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online'

Location: 
Room 283, Dunkeld West Centre, cnr Jan Smuts Avenue and Bompas Road, Johannesburg (South Africa)
Date and time: 
Nov 17 2010 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

APC Women (www.apcwomen.org) and Inter Press Service Africa (www.ips.org/africa) are co-hosting a media roundtable entitled ‘Click Against Violence: Taking 16 Days of Activism Online’, to discuss online Gender Based Violence and resources available to cover the issue.

From piracy to copyright reform - APC proposes new model for South Africa

JOHANNESBURG 9 November 2010 (Andrew Rens for APC)

The South African copyright law is up for reform and access-to-knowledge (A2K) advocates led by the National Council for the Blind have seen some important gains in their engagement with the Department of Trade and Industry. In support APC has commissioned a paper on model A2K legislation. The paper looks at the South African case but is a useful document for anyone anywhere in the world who wants to strengthen access-to-knowledge provisions under a revised copyright law.

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Women in the “capital of rape” use tech to bring attention to their cause

KINSHASA 9 November 2010 (Si jeunesse savait for APC WNSP)

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital city of Kinshasa, dubbed the “capital of rape” by the UN special rapporteur Margot Wallström, is a city fraught with violence and remnants of a war-regime. But women in the city are taking charge of their lives and demanding for more security, more services to help women survivors of violence, and an end to the impunity for those who rape, torture and kill women. Si jeunesse savait, a local organisation that works with youth and women in the DRC will be training four organisations in the use of ICTs to help prevent further atrocities and end violence against women (VAW). Seed grants of 5000 US each will go to four organisations, to support their work to end violence against women. The grants are being distributed by the APC’s Women’s Networking Support Programme (WNSP) as part of its Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project, which addresses the third millennium development goal, violence against women.

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A phone call away: Mobile phones help end violence against women in Uganda

4 November 2010 (WOUGNET for APC)

Women in Uganda’s rural areas will learn about domestic violence against women through the use of different ICT tools to build awareness around the issue, but they will also learn to report and prevent it – and the mobile phone will be playing a big part in their campaigns – from frontline SMS, to around-the-clock hotlines. Other tools being used include web 2.0 and online publishing tools, as well as radio. Four organisations that work with women and ICTs are being awarded with small grants to implement these projects through the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme’s (WNSP) Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women project, which targets the third Millennium development goal on equality for women.

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Ending violence against women in South African townships

JOHANNESBURG 27 October 2010 (Women'sNet for APC)

As part of its work on the third millennium development goal to end violence against women (VAW), the APC women’s programme is giving out seed grants to grass roots organisations in 12 countries. South African partner and coordinator Women’sNet is implementing the small grants and distributing them to four innovative projects that are as varied as the communities they will be working in. From working with rural paralegal offices to improve service delivery by the criminal justice system, to teaching young black lesbians to use tech to speak out and document incidences of violence against them, to teaching young women in townships to become watch dogs on violence against women, to video diaries for survivors of violence.

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