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.
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.
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.
Five different organisations in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) are receiving small grants as part of the APC Women’s programme’s – Take Back the Tech! to fight violence against women project. Female students, women and girls who have survived violence and abuse will learn how to use different technologies to signal cases of abuse, build awareness around their experiences and help support others victims. Read more about these innovative projects, which will be taking place until March 2011.
The Broadband policy of South Africa was approved by Cabinet in June 20101. This paper analyses the main differences between the draft policy and the final policy. It looks at the shortcomings in the policy development process and makes recommendations on how to salvage the situation.
I am writing these words from the world capital of rape. I’m not the one who named it that way, but Margot Wallström, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations, with regard to violence against women. So you understand, I am in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country where women face the cruelest and most brutal violence in the world.
Report on fundamental rights, and global copyright legislative best practise for access to knowledge in South Africa
This paper by Andrew Rens – commissioned by the APC – is meant to serve as a resource to support civil society’s A2K advocacy with respect to the upcoming South African copyright law reform process.
This report seeks to provide an evaluation of the advocacy phase of the Communication for influence: Linking advocacy, dissemination and research by building ICTD networks in Central, East and West Africa (CICEWA) project, implemented with IDRC funding between 2008 and 2010.
A new publication which tells the story of a small grants programme that has awarded seed funding to grassroots groups to introduce or increase the use of ICTs to improve women’s livelihoods and status in agricultural and rural parts of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific for almost a decade has just been published.
On 15 October 2010, Computer Aid launched its first solar powered internet cafe in Kenya, with partner and local NGO Computers for Schools Kenya. Computer Aid has built three solar internet cafes which are being piloted in Zambia and Kenya. In Zambia, two are located in rural areas as a part of an exciting rural connectivity programme. The system, which can work off-grid anywhere in the world, is “an exciting new project for Computer Aid that enables us to reach even the most isolated rural communities. We are planning to set up several more solar Internet cafes in sub-Saharan Africa over the coming year, and we’re keen for sponsors to get involved and help us expand this solution that illustrates commitment to social development and the environment,” says Computer Aid CEO Tony Roberts. Photo by “Computer Aid”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyroberts/4603407785/in/set-72157624096227436/lightbox/