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APCNews reporters cover the 6th Polycentric World Social Forums of Bamako and Caracas in four languages
APCNews reporters cover the 6th Polycentric World Social Forums of Bamako and Caracas in four languages 29 January 2006 APCNews

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) provides online coverage of the World Social Forums (WSFs) happening on three continents this year. While Bamako hosted the first in a series of three consecutive WSFs, Caracas is presently filling up with participants from the world of NGOs, grassroots social movements and the socially engaged from all over the Americas. During 10 days, between January 19 and 29, follow frequent updates on APC blogs, articles on ICT-related workshops and c...

Africa Source II makes befriending FOSS a real treat
Africa Source II makes befriending FOSS a real treat 23 January 2006 Elizabeth Araujo

Women’sNet’s training co-ordinator Elizabeth "Liz" Araujo writes that the recent Africa Source 2 event was set "against a beautiful Lake Victoria island backdrop, replete with sandy beaches, and fishing boats", and turned out to be a "smashing success". Held from January 8-15, 2006, the skills-packed practical workshop was aimed at introducing and exploring free/libre and open source software (FOSS) for non-profit organisations and local African communities. She says that what ma...

Mainstreaming ICTs in Africa, a new book is out
Mainstreaming ICTs in Africa, a new book is out 22 January 2006 Women'sNet

‘Mainstreaming ICTs: Africa Lives the Information Society" is a contribution towards efforts to bridge the "policy-practice" divide. The book is amied at development practitioners and ICT innovators interested in inventive technology applications for social justice and development. It contains 10 case studies reflecting on the innovative and creative ways information and communciation tec...

Facing challenges old and new... focussing on APC's priorities
Facing challenges old and new... focussing on APC's priorities 20 January 2006 APCNews

Natasha Primo recently became the first-ever woman to chair APC, or the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), which one publication called The African Digital Commons described as being founded by a team "clued in to the potential power of ICTs at a time when many of us still thought of computers as glorified typewriters". Primo, also the executive director of the South Africa-based...

Lessons from Vietnam: no quick fix to being 'gender friendly'
Lessons from Vietnam: no quick fix to being 'gender friendly' 12 December 2005 Cheekay Cinco

Integrating GEM, or the Gender Evaluation Methodology, in the women’s health context, can be a daunting task and there are no quick answers to gender issues in their contexts. But tools like GEM could help one immediately know if their projects are "gender friendly", suggests the experience of a mini-workshop held recently in Vietnam.

WentAfrica2005 GETS GOING IN UGANDA
WentAfrica2005 GETS GOING IN UGANDA 05 December 2005

http://wentafrica.blogspot.com/ is an electronic reflection of the Women’s Electronic Networking Training, which began in early December at Uganda. Women from Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Cameroon, Zambia, Sudan, Cameroon, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Senegal are participating in the second such workshop being hosted by APC-Africa-Women. This year, the focus of WENT Africa 2005...

Overview of gender-related language in WSIS documents
Overview of gender-related language in WSIS documents 18 November 2005 APC

The WSIS process is almost over, and I am wondering about what we have achieved in terms of integrating gender as a relevant dimension into the building of an ‘information society’ after seven years. What do we have?

Ms
Ms 18 November 2005 APC

I was quite impressed by the many side events women participated in, on Wednesday and Thursday. I’m particulary impressed by the Tanzanian women forum held in the afternoon with a highly led delegation of women in leading ICT and government position in the country. Of particular importance are the women-led event at the APC stand and APC-related talks. Keep it up!

An audible victory for human rights
An audible victory for human rights 16 November 2005 APC

It has been a crazy tiring, hectic and running-around day, so I am hoping to give a small glimpse at least before I pass out into oblivion. So, after working on this process for close to seven years, we are finally tying up the ribbons and signing on the dotted line with icing. Yes, it is WSIS II opening!

Women in pink at WSIS II
Women in pink at WSIS II 16 November 2005 APC

On the first day, I was so desperate to see women at this space because of the overbearing presence of men, especially those in uniformed and are armed. When I scanned around, I saw mainly (apart from the participants) women in pink who were cleaners and usually hauled big bags of rubbish with them…

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