gender and community networks

The contribution of bell hooks and Paulo Freire to the construction of community networks
The contribution of bell hooks and Paulo Freire to the construction of community networks 31 March 2021 Daiane Araujo dos Santos for GenderIT.org

Daiane Araujo dos Santos discusses the link between popular education and community networks, and argues that class, race and gender should be part of the analysis in the implementation of autonomous infrastructure and technical training dedicated to digitally excluded communities.

Networks woven with care
Networks woven with care 25 January 2021 Luisa Bagope and Sonaksha Iyengar for GenderIT.org

This beautifully illustrated story is a tale about how two community network women in India and the women around them sustained connectivity while navigating a global pandemic as the country came to a lockdown.

Hardworking and resilient women engage with a health information chatbot in Pamoja Net
Hardworking and resilient women engage with a health information chatbot in Pamoja Net 17 December 2020 Chako Armant for GenderIT.org

GenderIT.org and APC's local access networks project invited women who work in community networks to share their experiences in the times of COVID-19 and their reflections on what these times have revealed around centring meaningful communication in their physical and digital communities.

Women in community networks in Latin America: The story of Belém
Women in community networks in Latin America: The story of Belém 17 December 2020 Marcela Guerra and Cezar Renzi for GenderIT.org

This comic was inspired by interviews conducted with women who work with community networks in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, as a way of capturing their experiences in the form of an illustration that collects all their stories.

Community Networks Stories: Installing community networks, uninstalling gender stereotypes
Community Networks Stories: Installing community networks, uninstalling gender stereotypes 01 December 2020 Digital Empowerment Foundation

As a flag-bearer of digital connectivity in her village in India, Talaria Amruta is helping build community networks through the Digital Empowerment Foundation's “Barefoot Women Wireless Engineers” inititiave.

Community Networks Stories: Coolab Camp, an immersive, collaborative event for learning about hardware, software and care
Community Networks Stories: Coolab Camp, an immersive, collaborative event for learning about hardware, software and care 11 June 2020 Coolab

The “camp” format was chosen because of the fundamental role of human relations in the development of a community network, which is why we decided to make it a “barefoot” event, an immersive event, where we slept and woke up together over the course of several days, sharing and learning.

Community Networks Stories: "Pink... the colour of my internet"
Community Networks Stories: "Pink... the colour of my internet" 28 May 2020 Anjali Vajre for Gram Marg Rural Broadband

Anjali Vajre shares a personal account of how the connectivity enabled by the Gram Marg Rural Broadband project has changed her life and how she would like to use the skills she has gained to empower other women in her village.

Weaving a community together – from grassroots to tech
Weaving a community together – from grassroots to tech 07 November 2019 Gayatri Ganju for GenderIT.org

This visually stunning photo essay provides a glimpse into the life of a community network and the women working at the radio station and using the other services provided by the network, located just at the outskirts of Bangalore in India.

News about our community network: Portal sem Porteiras
News about our community network: Portal sem Porteiras 01 November 2019 Marcela Guerra and Luisa Bagope for GenderIT.org

In this layered podcast, Marcela and Luisa, members of Portal sem Porteiras, explore their excitement over the possibilities of their community network and how they are re-finding meaning and solace in connections. 

Our routes: Women's node - an illustrated journey of women in community networks
Our routes: Women's node - an illustrated journey of women in community networks 23 October 2019 Bruna Zanolli for GenderIT.org

This beautifully etched illustration follows the stories of various women who are working in community networks and their journeys with technology, autonomy and self-realisation.

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