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APCNews 129 – Small grants for rural women (GenARDIS)

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APCNews – September 20 2010 – Year XI Issue 129
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
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A deaf woman in Ethiopia can now generate her own income through digital photography. Women farmers in Cameroon have purchased more appropriate tools thanks to increased revenues. Tanzanian villagers tired of walking three hours to market have created their own market using radios and mobile phones to get clients. The lives of rural men and women in 21 countries have changed thanks to APC’s Gender, Agriculture and Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) project which is analysed in a new publication GenARDIS 2002 – 2010: Small grants that made big changes for women in agriculture (http://www.apc.org/en/system/files/Genardis_EN.pdf). The report in English and French showcases the work of grantees and evaluates the impact the funds have had on the lives of rural men and women.
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NEWS

Small tech grants, big differences for rural women

CAPE TOWN (Jennifer Radloff for APC) – Women in rural areas play a central role in the agricultural economy of their region, which means that they often work long hours, leaving little time for learning how to use new technologies. Yet, access to new technologies affect both men and women in remote areas. In a new publication, GenARDIS 2002 – 2010: Small grants that made big changes for women in agriculture Jenny Radloff explores how seed grants that were disbursed to innovative initiatives counter these barriers and contribute to gender-aware ICT policy advocacy.
http://genardis.apcwomen.org/en/node/152

Gender, agriculture and ICTs: What you can do with 7000 euros

MONTEVIDEO (APC) – In Uvira, Democratic Republic of Congo, women’s cassava root crops were being destroyed by pests but thanks to some internet training, they increased their healthy crop production and agricultural knowledge. In the Dominican Republic, women from an agro-processing cooperative learned to better manage their production thanks to an ICT training -many of them were 50 years old or more, which is “old” and “good for nothing” by rural Dominican standards. Find out more about what GenARDIS projects were able to achieve with small grants of about 7000 euros.
http://genardis.apcwomen.org/en/node/155/

Seven policy tips to ensure rural women equal access to ICTs

BOSTON (Sonia Jorge for APC) – Illiteracy, lack of electricity and poor infrastructure are just some of the challenges that are preventing rural women from benefiting from ICTs. But these gender-related challenges are often overlooked by policy makers, and policies that are developed that don’t consider the specific context of rural men and women are more likely to fail, as they will not meet the needs of everyone equally. This is why the inclusion of gender must be considered in the policy process. What exactly can local and national policy makers do in order to address some of these issues? Policy analyst Sonia Jorge gives some insights.
http://genardis.apcwomen.org/en/node/151/

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