gender and community networks

Seeding change: KICTANet proposes a gender lens to promote community-centric approaches during and beyond the pandemic
Seeding change: KICTANet proposes a gender lens to promote community-centric approaches during and beyond the pandemic 26 August 2021 APCNews

How are APC members improving their communities’ lives? KICTANet works towards network building to bring diverse voices and pieces of evidence to the spotlight and build enabling regulation for ICTs in Kenya.

Seeding change: Nodes that Bond women overcome access gaps at the Portal sem Porteiras community network in Brazil
Seeding change: Nodes that Bond women overcome access gaps at the Portal sem Porteiras community network in Brazil 09 June 2021 APCNews

How are APC partners improving their communities’ lives? The feminist project Nodes that Bond has developed circles of women with an emphasis on technology at Portal sem Porteiras, a rural community network in Brazil.

Community Networks Stories: How Portal sem Porteiras is strengthening its nodes with true human connections among women in Brazil
Community Networks Stories: How Portal sem Porteiras is strengthening its nodes with true human connections among women in Brazil 09 June 2021 Portal sem Porteiras

The Portal sem Porteiras (PSP) community network is bridging gender inequalities within the world of technology in Brazil. Find out more about the impacts of the Nodes that Bond project in this beautiful story collectively created by PSP participants.

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.

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