Gender and ICTs

Digital dangers: trafficking women in a 'virtual' way
Digital dangers: trafficking women in a 'virtual' way 25 September 2005 Kathleen Maltzahn

The word ‘trafficking’ suggests something very physical. But does it always have to be so? Take this case: a 19-year-old is filmed by her 30-year-old lover while they have sex. They break up, and years later, without her consent, the video hits the internet. Suddenly, the woman’s image is crossing the world, making some people a lot of money in the process too. Is this trafficking? The woman herself hasn’t been transported across any international boundaries. But her i...

Geneva Chronicle: Porn in the morning, sexism in the afternoon
Geneva Chronicle: Porn in the morning, sexism in the afternoon 25 September 2005 Jac sm Kee and Brenda Zulu

Follow GenderIT.org writers Jac sm Kee and Brenda Zulu as they participate in the third and final WSIS preparatory meeting (PrepCom3) before the summit in Tunis. Read their postings from Geneva about the activities of gender advocates, and women’s concerns.

ICTs at the crossroads: violence against women and pornography
ICTs at the crossroads: violence against women and pornography 21 September 2005 APC Women’s Networking Support Programme

On June 17, 2005, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, approved .xxx as a global top-level domain for sexually explicit material on the internet, after five years of negotiations. Jac sm Kee from APC WNSP uses this peg to point out that the issue goes much further. Women have to demand their right to freely move, create knowledge and represent their diversity, comm...

Women science and technology advocates claim action is long overdue
Women science and technology advocates claim action is long overdue 28 August 2005 GenderIT

The First International Symposium on Women and ICT took place in Baltimore, Maryland, USA in mid-June. There are different priorities coming up. For instance, the US is concerned about support for women in the information technology sector, the need for attracting more women to higher education, and having better slots open to them. From the South, the priority is still infrastructure and acces...

Albania, working towards a gender-focussed ICT policy
Albania, working towards a gender-focussed ICT policy 27 August 2005 Ausra Gustainiene

Albania’s national ICT (information and communication technologies) strategy is one of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, with a marked effort to include women’s needs and views. Gender incorporation in ICTs was part of Albania’s attempt to address growing disparities in income, gender and geographical location. What can we learn from their experience for future gender-s...

Media impacts women's work, but Beijing + 10 stays silent
Media impacts women's work, but Beijing + 10 stays silent 27 August 2005

There’s a contradictory silence surrounding Section J of the Beijing Platform for Action that relates to issues of women and the media at this year’s Beijing + 10. What are the possible reasons for the lack of vocalisation on this issue, even as women’s movements working on various issues recognise the impact and power of the media in their work?

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).

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...

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