Gender and ICTs

Computers, Africa and women... links waiting to happen
Computers, Africa and women... links waiting to happen 19 August 2005

ICTs, or information and communication technologies, offer immense possibilities to reduce poverty, improve governance and advance gender equality in Africa. But, cautions an APC-produced paper on the role of ICTs in the development of African women, this will happen only if these technologies are made more accessible and consciously applied to achieve these objects.

Women too look at wireless networking, to bridge the gaps
Women too look at wireless networking, to bridge the gaps 18 August 2005 Translation: APC

Wireless networks is attracting growing attention across the globe, as a plausible way of providing internet access in marginal areas or in cases where costs are prohibitive. Cristo Redentor Telecentre co-ordinator Cristina Ojeda joined a workshop on wireless networking organized by the Latin American School of Networking EsLaRed) in Mérida, Venezuela and narrates her experience.

[OPINION] Report from Rio: After sessions ending at 4 am, do gender issues count?
[OPINION] Report from Rio: After sessions ending at 4 am, do gender issues count? 27 July 2005 Dafne Sabanes Plou

The belief that technology is gender-neutral is still rife. At Rio’s recent regional World Summit on the Information Society meet, this point was driven home once more. Representatives of international organisations, financing institutions, and government representatives too simply overlook gender concerns in ICTs (information and communication technologies).

Women, Gender and Media: issues and concerns
Women, Gender and Media: issues and concerns 26 July 2005

When I was a trainer at a media and gender workshop in 2002, the only male participant there confessed, “Our organisation is not prioritising gender actually. We are more concerned about other issues – issues which are political”. This statement reveals much about the stand that most media institutions take on gender.

Gender and ICT policies: time to reorder forces, understand what's happening
Gender and ICT policies: time to reorder forces, understand what's happening 26 July 2005 GenderIT.org

Magaly Pazello is the only Brazilian feminist who is been active in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process since its inception. A member of the WSIS Gender Caucus, she is also a member of of the DAWN network (Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era). In the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Preparatory Conference, held in June 2005 in Rio de Janeiro, Graciel...

WSIS Rio regional meet: very few doors open for the gender perspective
WSIS Rio regional meet: very few doors open for the gender perspective 26 July 2005 GenderIT.org

No participation of civil society as observers in the governmental delegations’ meetings; no gender working group in the final regional action plan for the information society (ELac 2007); almost no women, black people or indigenous people as panelists. Although the Rio WSIS Regional Meeting opened two slots for civil society statements in the plenary and produced documents which were fai...

GEM sparkles  among IT4D practitioners in Cairo
GEM sparkles among IT4D practitioners in Cairo 24 May 2005 APC WNSP

Where does gender intersect with information and communication technologies (ICTs)? Such issues are far less theoretical and abstract than they first seem, if you go by how participants responded at a Cairo workshop on a methodology called GEM. A report from APC WNSP.

In more ways than one, ICTs do help to harm women
In more ways than one, ICTs do help to harm women 10 May 2005 APCNews

By itself, the internet itself isn’t creating new forms of crimes against women and children. But, it is sure generating powerful new ways and means for these crimes to be perpetrated. Women’s movements are now having to deal with the issue of cyber-stalking, pornography on the internet, SMS harassment, and what one research paper calls ‘teledildonics’. Can the interse...

GenderIT.org - a new gender and ICT policy website helps women make ICT policy a priority
GenderIT.org - a new gender and ICT policy website helps women make ICT policy a priority 11 April 2005 APC WNSP

Information and communications technologies (ICTs) can assist in bringing food to the table or promoting a reproductive rights agenda and more women need to be involved in the drafting of technology policy. GenderIT.org is a new portal for women and policy-makers just launched by the APC WNSP, APC’s women’s programme. GenderIT.org is a practical tool for women’s organisations so t...

Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs: A learning tool for change and empowerment
Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs: A learning tool for change and empowerment 29 March 2005 Chat Garcia Ramilo and Cheekay Cinco

GEM is an online tool created by the APC WNSP to integrate a gender analysis into evaluations of initiatives that use information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social change.  

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