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South Africa: Privacy and domestic violence online and off

JOHANNESBURG 23 August 2010 (Esther Nasikye and Sally-Jean Shackleton for GenderIT.org)

While women’s rights activists have been at the forefront of making the private crimes that occur at home – domestic violence, marital rape – public, new technologies are making the private public in ways that disenfranchise, alienate and violate women. Esther Nasikye and Sally-Jean Shackleton explore how ICTs, privacy and domestic violence in South Africa are exposing problems in both policy and practice. Photo: “John Atherton”:http://www.flickr.com/people/gbaku/

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The Congo Brazzaville: SMS to combat violence against women

The government and the NGOs are working hand in hand to improve the status of women in the Congo Brazzaville. Various workshops have helped develop innovative action plans to fight against violence inflicted on women.

These projects use new information technologies that facilitate communication between different actors in these programmes.

West African Internet Governance Forum

Location: 
Novotel Dakar
Date and time: 
Aug 23 2010 (All day) - Aug 25 2010 (All day)

Theme: Promoting the Multi-stakeholder Model for further Internet Development in Africa

Developed by: 
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Description: 

UNEP 2010 report “Recycling – from E-Waste to Resources” estimates future e-waste generation, based on data from 11 developing countries.
UNEP’s activities are aimed at promoting industry awareness and sustainable growth through education and collaboration with employees, customers, and suppliers.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://www.unep.fr/scp/ict/
Contact person: 
Sonia Valdivia
Contact email: 
sc@unep.fr
Type of access: 
open
Type of information available online: 
report, information, links
Developed by: 
Green Belt Movement
Description: 

GBM Kenya is a non-profit grassroots NGO based in Kenya. Since 2007 GBM has integrated digital mapping and GIS into its monitoring and evaluations procedures. GBM’s GIS Lab in Kenya provides the capability to create/collect, edit, query, analyze and display geographic information in order to facilitate better tracking of GBM’s programs.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://greenbeltmovement.org/
Contact person: 
Green Belt Movement
Contact email: 
gbm@greenbeltmovement.org
Type of access: 
open
Type of information available online: 
website, blog
Developed by: 
Institute of Development Studies, ENDA-Tiers Monde, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, IGAD Climate Predictions and Applications Centre
Description: 

Innovative Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa. AfricaAdapt is an independent bilingual network (French/English) focused exclusively on Africa.

Go to direct to resource: 
http://www.africa-adapt.net/AA/
Contact person: 
AfricaAdapt Secretariat
Contact email: 
info@africa-adapt.net
Type of access: 
open, registration required to follow a project
Type of information available online: 
projects database, news & events

New model to get broadband to under-served communities in South Africa

PRETORIA 26 July 2010 (Ungana-Afrika for APCNews)

Broadband for All aims to provide broadband connectivity to South Africa’s under-served areas through a community-centric model rather than a telco-driven model. The model leverages wireless-mesh technologies to link priority government sites and high bandwidth users such as schools, municipalities and government offices, who in turn provide a link to smaller customers such as businesses, NGOs and individuals.

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New deadline for subissions to “Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society” (ARDYIS) contest

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with FARA, Yam-Pukri, CAFAN, AYF, ANAFE, PAFPNET, has recently launched an essay writing contest on “Youth and ICTs in Agriculture and Rural Development”. The deadline to apply is extended to 15 August 2010.

Call to African language teams for localisiation: Tux paint, Pidgin, VLC, Pootle, Virtaal and Abiword

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Deadline: 26 July 2010
Call for applications: Language Teams
Organisation: African Network for Localisation (ANLoc)
Project: Localise Software
Email to: localise@africanlocalisation.net
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The African Network for Localisation (ANLoc) – Localise Software

South Africa and online pornography: Bill sets off alarm bells in women's movement

JOHANNESBURG 6 July 2010 (Sally-Jean Shackleton for APCNews)

A draft Bill proposing a ban on sexual content on the internet and cellphones submitted to the South African Department of Home Affairs in May 2010 claims to have the best interests of women and children in mind but has set alarm bells ringing in the women’s movement. “The Bill equates women with children –taking a protectionist approach to the rights of women— and promotes state censorship,” says Sally-Jean Shackleton, director of Women’sNet, a feminist technology organisation based in Johannesburg.

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