APCNews 118 – Filipino men and telecentres, Bangladesh and culture

APCNews – April 15 2010 – Year XI Issue 118
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
A new study on rural internet use in the Philippines has found that women use telecentres socially. They chat with friends and family abroad and look for friends and even potential husbands. Men prefer to use the internet for games and looking at pornography. As neither are allowed in Philippine telecentres, men in focus groups labelled those who do go to telecentres “sissies”. However interestingly not all men feel the same way. Teenage boys go to telecentres when they need to focus on school work and male seniors go for computer training and afterwards to train their peers. They are more comfortable in telecentres than in commercial cybercafés. APCNews highlights two more experiences improving access to internet for both men and women and boys and girls using APC’s gender evaluation methodology (GEM) – in rural Philippines and Bangladesh.


Why “real men” don’t use telecentres in the Philippines

CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – While in Africa and Latin America telecentres are trying to cater to the needs of both sexes by making them more accommodating to women, telecentres in the Philippines are trying to make them more inviting to men. A study which looked at one rural and one fishing community using GEM – the APC’s Gender Evaluation Methodology – has helped telecentre managers learn why men are staying away. APC talks to Angelo Juan Ramos of the Philippine telecentre network that carried out the study to find out how GEM uncovered surprising results that will help telecentres appeal to everyone.

Culture is a bigger barrier to Bangladeshi girls going online than lack of money or computers

CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – “If a boy wants to attend a computer course community members encourage him but if a girl wants to go elders ask her why she wants to complicate her life,” says Dhaka-based Mahmud Hassan. In a country where one in every two males accesses information online yet only three in a hundred Bangladeshi women do, access for schoolgirls is not just about the availability of computers and classes. For girls, it requires the support of the entire community and flexible school schedules as revealed by a study using APC’s Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM).

The end of GenARDIS small grants for rural women round III

JOHANNESBURG (LC for APCNews) – In March GenARDIS grant winners met for the last time after more than a year of innovative research and work to improve rural women’s lives in countries like Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic and Zambia. With projects as diverse as community radio drama groups, pest control through information access and using technology to promote women’s inheritance and land rights, projects were as diverse as the countries they came from. But as this third round of small grants winds down, participants are determined to scale up their work.

Impact 2.0? Experimenting with social networking for policy change in Latin America

Politicians aren’t always aware that sound research that could help them make better policy decisions is out there waiting to be used. On the other hand, social networking websites are experiencing an explosive growth worldwide and Latin America is no exception. This new initiative from APC and Latin American telecomms research network DIRSI will bring together researchers and activists to see if it is possible to influence policy debate using blogs, wikis, Facebook, Twitter and more in Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay.



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