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Internet, schoolchildren and rural Pakistan: How to get community buy-in including for girls

CALGARY 12 March 2010 (LC and KAH for APCNews)

When 29 year-old Huda Sarfraz and her team started to teach Punjabi girls how to create websites and use online chat she feared they might be run out of town. To her surprise however the girls clamoured to learn as much as the boys did and —overturning societal taboos— over-subscribed for the extra-curricular classes – ending up producing prize-winning websites. As a result of guidance provided by IDRC staff and exposure to APC’s Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM), Sarfraz’s team focused specifically on getting girls and women teachers involved. “Initially, we only saw two groups to work with — students and teachers. However because of GEM, we looked at them as four—girl students, boy students, women teachers and men teachers,” says Huda Sarfraz, team leader for the Dareecha project.

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Bytes for All applauds firm Pakistani parliamentarians’ stance on scanning in the USA

ISLAMABAD 8 March 2010 (Shazhad Ahmad for Bytes for All)

While members of the Pakistani parliament were on a diplomatic trip in the United States to talk about the impact of the ar on terror on northern rural tribes in the country, they were asked by airport security in Washington to be body-scanned. The right not to undergo a body scan is a privilege given to parliamentarians the world over. APC member Bytes for All in Pakistan applauds the Pakistani parliamentarians’ firm stance and refusal to be scanned.

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Digital Bangladesh Concept Note: Access to Information Programme Prime Minister's Office 5/11/2009

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Digital
Bangladesh
Concept Note

Access to Information Programme
Prime Minister’s Office
5/11/2009

DIGITAL BANGLADESH

BA C K GR O U N D

Information and Communication Technologi

Community Radio Preparedness in Bangladesh: Progress and Scopes for Action

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Community Radio Preparedness in Bangladesh
Progress and Scopes for Action

Introduction
Radio frequencies are internationally recognized as the common heritage of humanity by the Torremolinis T

Rural e-governance in India: Women struggle to take part

CALGARY 11 February 2010 (LC for APC)

In India’s rural e-governance initiative, 33% of local government seats are reserved for women. Rural village heads of Chhattisgarh State – one of India’s poorest— can now participate in the public process and in theory remotely communicate the needs of their villages through the use of a low-cost computer that does not require computer literacy. But women are not taking the active roles that were expected. Using GEM, APC’s gender evaluation methodology, Dr. Anupama Saxena and her team are finding out why winning an electoral seat does not necessarily guarantee that your voice is heard within the governance system if you are a woman.

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YouTube blocked in Pakistan: Government attempts to hide President's slip-up

ISLAMABAD 8 February 2010 (Bytes For All)

A video showing President Asif Ali Zardari losing his temper in a public speech was recently censored in Pakistan. Bytes for All and its members vehemently condemn the Government’s block on YouTube and considers it yet another attack on civil liberties and free speech in the country.

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Digital storytelling to fight violence against women - Pakistan

Date and time: 
Jun 7 2010 (All day) - Jun 11 2010 (All day)

South Asian APC member Bytes for All will be hosting a Membership Exchange from 7 – 11 June, 2010 in Islamabad Pakistan. Representatives of organisations from APC’s varied network will meet in the Pakistani city to attend a workshop on digital story telling, “Take back the tech to end violence against women: A workshop on digital storytelling for online advocacy”.

MDG3 national strategy workshop - Cambodia

Date and time: 
Feb 17 2010 (All day)

This meeting is part of the MDG3: Strengthening women’s strategic use of ICTs to combat violence against women and girls project run by the APC women’s programme (APC WNSP).

Inclusive Pakistani ICT policy process urged to combat violence against women in cyberspace

1 February 2010
LAHORE 1 February 2010 (BytesForAll) -

Formation of a Technical Committee at the Lahore High Court Bar Association to assist in assessing and analysing cyber laws and laws that affect women.

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Inclusive Pakistani ICT policy process urged to combat violence against women in cyberspace

LAHORE 1 February 2010 (BytesForAll )

With the goal to create awareness about Information and Communication Technologies and Violence Against Women in cyber space, and the implications of various government policies on women, a seminar titled “ICTs and Violence Against Women – Policy Implications” was jointly organized by Bytes for All (B4A) and the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) on 30 January 2010 in Lahore. The event attracted about 85 representatives from legal community belonging to different law chambers, some human rights activists, media, academia and concerned citizens.

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