Women's Rights Programme

The Women’s Rights Programme (WRP) works to strengthen the capacity of diverse women’s movements to have the confidence, skills and resources to influence the usage, development and decision-making of the internet. This is so that they are able to engage with it as a political space to challenge discriminatory norms, structures and practices, amplify their work for women’s rights and gender justice and respond to the barriers, that prevent them from benefiting from information and communication technologies (ICTs). Our work stems from recognition of the enormous potential of ICTs to strengthen social, political, cultural and economic development, and to advance the human rights of women and girls. WRP is uniquely located within both the internet rights and women's rights movements.

EROTICS: An exploratory research project into sexuality and the internet
EROTICS: An exploratory research project into sexuality and the internet 19 February 2009

Breakthrough study in Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and USA is showing the internet hosts critical info about sex education, health, fighting sex discrimination and defining your own sexuality. Sexuality online is not just about porn.

MDG3: Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women
MDG3: Take Back the Tech! to end violence against women 18 February 2009

As part of Millennium Development Goal 3 to promote gender equality we are working with women in 12 countries to use technology to end violence against women – and to fight violence carried out online or on mobiles.  

Internet Governance Forum
Internet Governance Forum 01 October 2008

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multistakeholder policy dialogue space convened by the United Nations Secretary General in 2006 to “foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the internet.”

Gender and ICT Awards
Gender and ICT Awards 16 March 2008

The APC WNSP and the Global Knowledge Partnership launched the Gender and ICT Awards to honor and bring international recognition to innovative and effective projects by women to use ICTs for the promotion of gender equality and/or women’s empowerment. Offered in 2003 and 2005, profiles of award winners and honorable mentions can be found in the Awards’ database.

LAC ICT Policy Monitor: Research and evaluation in 2006
LAC ICT Policy Monitor: Research and evaluation in 2006 18 December 2007

The Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) ICT Policy Monitor was involved in a number of research activities during 2006.

Women’s Electronic Networking Training (WENT) Africa
Women’s Electronic Networking Training (WENT) Africa 18 December 2007

Women’s Electronic Network Training (WENT) Africa training workshops aim to build the capacities of women and their organisations in Africa to utilise information and communication technologies (ICTs) in women’s empowerment, social change work and policy advocacy.

Take Back the Tech!
Take Back the Tech! 10 December 2007

Take Back the Tech! is a call to everyone, especially women and girls, to take control of technology to end violence against women. It is a global, collaborative campaign project that highlights the problem of tech-related violence against women, together with research and solutions from around the world. Take Back the Tech! leads several campaigns at various points in the year, but our biggest...

GenARDIS
GenARDIS 10 December 2007

The Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants fund was developed in 2002 to support work on gender-related issues in ICTs for agricultural and rural development in the African, Caribbean and Pacific regions. In 2008, the third round of small grants was issued, and projects are currently being implemented.

LAC Monitor: Research on broadcasting as a digital inclusion strategy
LAC Monitor: Research on broadcasting as a digital inclusion strategy 30 October 2007

The research: “Effective access of rural communities to broadcasting in equal opportunities: A key strategy for digital inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean” aimed at answering the question: “How can broadcasting be used as a digital inclusion strategy?”.

Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs
Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs 18 October 2007

GEM is an evaluation methodology that integrates a gender analysis into evaluations of initiatives that use information and communication technologies for social change. GEM provides a means for determining whether ICTs are worsening or really improving women’s lives and gender relations, as well as for promoting positive change at the individual, institutional, community and broader social l...

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