APCNews 115 – Women reclaiming tech across the world, Pakistani presidential slip-up
APCNews – February 11 2010 – Year XI Issue 115
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
On paper, women in India officially hold 33% of seats. However, a closer look on the ground at a rural e-governance project reveals that while women may officially have their place within the constitution, it is often their husbands who assume their roles and speak for them. Meanwhile, both in India and in other parts of the world women are speaking out in opposition to violence against women through different audio, visual and digital tools like blogs, tweets, murals and songs during the Take Back the Tech! campaign. In many Asian countries, censorship still runs high – especially where the internet is concerned. Freedom of speech advocates in Pakistan and South Korea have recently had to fight government censorship. Find out more and support their causes.
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YouTube blocked in Pakistan: Government attempts to hide President’s slip-up
ISLAMABAD (Bytes for All for APCNews) – 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.
Rural e-governance in India: Women struggle to take part
CALGARY (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.
Take Back the Tech! grows louder through local campaigns in 2009
CUERNAVACA (ES for APC WNSP) – From 25 November to 10 December late last year, the message came across loud and clear – whether it was via audiocast in Malaysia, chat relay in Brazil, protest march in Second Life, song-writing in Pakistan, calendars in Argentina, tweets in Mexico, posters in cybercafes in the Congo, or a mural on the streets of Soweto in South Africa. In over a dozen languages and through all platforms and medium both online and off, people took control of technology to end violence against women during the Take Back the Tech! campaign.
Bringing the message home: Women’s radio a hit in Nigeria
NIGERIA (GenARDIS for APC) – In Nigeria, a small radio association is using theatre to teach rural populations practical skills like how to how to obtain small loans, and also discusses issues related to gender inequality. Thanks to a small grant by the Gender and Agriculture in the Information Society (GenARDIS) initiative, the project called Majalisar Mata Manoma has come a long way from being a simple radio programme. It is about meeting spaces for women farmers, connecting radio and mobile phones too.
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