gender and ICTs

In many societies women are the most impoverished with the least access to resources and with little control over decisions that affect their lives. For this reason, women are on the wrong side of the digital divide, with limited access to and control over ICTs. When considering the factors that contribute to these inequalities it is important to understand the ways in which ICTs are allocated between women and men (the gendered allocation of ICTs), the different opportunities that exist for men and women with respect to education, training and skills development, employment and working conditions, content development and access to power structures and decision-making processes. Beyond questions of access to technology and software, other major concerns must to be addressed such as the need to break down gender and cultural barriers to women’s access to careers in technology, or absence of women in decision-making structures.

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Access and beyond: Navigating the gendered cyberspace

Cape Town, South Africa

Affordability is one of the primary barriers to internet access, and particularly to optimal use. Knowing this fully from our previous research, Research ICT Africa (RIA) conducted focus groups in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Rwanda in November 2016.

The nerdiest and most open of them all: Internet Freedom Festival 2017

"Prohibition is prohibited": photo by Smita Vanniyar“Prohibition is prohibited”: photo by Smita VanniyarWhen once I registered for the 2017 Internet Freedom Festival in Valencia, I was added to a mailing list which had a constant flow of information on the festival and the activities related to it.

Book review – Interpreting the Internet: Feminist and queer counterpublics in Latin America

Original artwork by Flavia FascendiniOriginal artwork by Flavia FascendiniElisabeth Jay Friedman offers a critical perspective of the use of the internet by feminists, arguing that the positive use of the internet for social change depends on shifting social contexts, and that the strength of the use of the internet – like any technologies – depends on its c

Feminist autonomous infrastructure: Technomagical fires to warm your hearts

Valencia, Spain

At the Internet Freedom Festival, Jac sm Kee interviewed four amazing feminists from Latin America: Carla from Brazil, a volunteer at Marialab and Vedetas; Geisa Santos from Periféricas; Fernanda, also with Marialab and Vedetas; and Nadege, located between Spain and Mexico, and part of Kéfir.

They had organised a sessi

Feminist Talks @ AWID: Last Rescue in Siam: A comedy about anti-trafficking raids in Thailand


Empower Foundation of Thailand has creatively used art and media to promote the rights of sex workers for over 20 years. Empower has collaborated with artists to bring their messages to people in Thailand, in cartoons, in nearly life-size papier mache dolls that are more well traveled than the sex workers they represent, and in their own books.

Booklet on Gender Policy for Community Radio Stations published by BNNRC

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Community Radio is playing very significant role in the countries of South Asia responding to other regions of the world.

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