gender and ICTs

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

Durgadahalli is a little village that sits snug at the foot of the Devrayanadurga hills that form the outer layer of the ancient Halekote fort. Here, set between fields of millet and coconut plantations, is the craft centre set up by a local organisation, Janastu. At the craft centre is a small team of people completely engrossed in their work, weaving products from sustainable, locally sourced materials. Here, there’s an immense sense of pride in the work that’s been done because the tea...

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

Community networks are autonomous connectivity solutions to structural divides. They offer a wide range of technologies that allow communities that don't have access to reliable and affordable methods of communication to connect themselves and each other. This beautifully etched illustration created by Bruna Zanolli follows the stories of various women who are working in community networks and their journeys with technology, autonomy and self-realisation. Read more in GenderIT.org.  

African women face widening technology gap
African women face widening technology gap 01 April 2019

Africa this year commemorated “Women’s Month”, as March is known in a number of countries, faced with the reality of a highly gendered digital divide. That such a situation seems set to persist serves as a reminder of the need for a coordinated strategy in ensuring the inclusion of women and girls in the continent’s digital transformation. Despite having the highest growth in internet p...

Chat Garcia Ramilo, APC's director: "In internet governance, we prioritise the participation of local voices"
Chat Garcia Ramilo, APC's director: "In internet governance, we prioritise the participation of local voices" 27 February 2019

NIC Argentina, which is devoted to the growth of the internet and building society's trust in the internet in Argentina, interviewed APC Executive Director Chat Garcia Ramilo during the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris. The interview was originally published in Spanish on NIC.AR.'s website. NIC.AR: If we want to create a culture of good practices in the "internet society"...

Observing community networks in the Philippines through a gendered lens: Interview with Claire, Thessa and Clarisse
Observing community networks in the Philippines through a gendered lens: Interview with Claire, Thessa and Clarisse 08 January 2019 Serene Lim

As corporations and country leaders are propelling the world towards a digital society and information age, a large percentage of the population in the Philippines still does not have access to basic voice and SMS communication, let alone internet connectivity. With just under 70% mobile phone penetration, populations that are isolated geographically and relatively poor are often considered “...

Make your own hero
Make your own hero 24 October 2018 Eloisa Diez for GenderIT.org

Let's think of the Take Back The Tech! (TBTT) camp in Nepal. About 50 feminists from different parts of the world: many ideas, experiences and emotions boiling, bouncing and growing in this effervescent environment. The facilitators invite us to an open space: sheets and markers are handed out so that whoever wants to can propose a workshop. The list of workshops is long and interesting, but th...

APC members in 2017: CITAD urges governments to equip female schools with ICT facilities and internet access in Nigeria
APC members in 2017: CITAD urges governments to equip female schools with ICT facilities and internet access in Nigeria 25 September 2018 CITAD

This member story was featured in the 2017 APC Annual Report, as part of our work on access. As the entry examination for tertiary education institutions becomes fully computer-based in Nigeria, most girls' secondary schools in Kano state still do not have computer laboratories or internet access. Research conducted by the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) on a sample of...

Advancing women’s rights in the economic sphere through access and participation in ICTs: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session
Advancing women’s rights in the economic sphere through access and participation in ICTs: Joint oral statement at the Human Rights Council 38th session 22 June 2018 Association for Progressive Communications and the Sexual Rights Initiative

Oral statement delivered under annual full-day discussion on the human rights of women – Panel 2: Advancing women’s rights in the economic sphere through access and participation in information and communication technologies (ICTs)  UN Human Rights Council 38th Session, 22 June 2018 Speaker: Janine Moolman Thank you, Mr President. This statement is delivered on behalf of the Associat...

Talking community networks at AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018
Talking community networks at AfChix TechWomen Summit 2018 12 June 2018 Kazanka Comfort for GenderIT.org

For a one-day event, AfChix 2018 was well attended and really packed full of exciting activities. Among the notable participants were undergraduates from the University of Technology, Dakar. The presence of these young women at this high-profile ICT event for women was a reassuring sign that the future of AfChix is secured. The importance of the event was also underscored by the fact this was t...

Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks
Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks 23 December 2017 Angela M. Kuga Thas, EMPOWER

As an organisation that has worked with the Orang Asli indigenous women in peninsular Malaysia since 2013, one of the biggest challenges we have faced as EMPOWER is how best to integrate the work on the right to information and access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) with the most pressing of issues: native land rights. This challenge is further compounded by the fact that t...

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