APC on 10 Sep 2010
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has been a challenging space for both women's rights advocates and for broader constituencies engaged in advocacy for gender equality and sexuality related rights. In the fifth and final year of its mandate, women's rights are still being dwarfed as a critical issue to be debated in this arena, while sexuality issues, although present, are not seen as a matter of rights. In preparation for this year's IGF, this briefing document highlights key issues on internet regulation that are relevant for gender equality and sexuality. It also brings to the debate findings from various research initiatives undertaken by APC and key partners, including a cross-country research initiative - <a href="http://erotics.apc.org">EROTICS</a> - that is being conducted in five countries: Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the United States.
Patricia Litho on 2 Jun 2010
Is there a direct connection between empowerment and access to information and communication technologies? Patricia Litho interrogates this question through the CEEWA ICT project case study in rural Uganda. She examines the conceptualisation of empowerment, and its relationship with infrastructure, skills, connectivity, access and participation.
Mommy knows best, or perhaps the church, or maybe the school? A conversation on online content regulation
Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 2 Jun 2010
Who decides on what we should see and not see online? Should parents decide on behalf of their children? Or should it be the church? Or the school? Are women and children better left alone? Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Senior Programme Associate of the International Women’s Tribune Centre and a member of the GenderIt blogging team at the first Internet Governance Forum (IGF) that took place in Athens, Greece from October 30- November 2, 2006 spoke with two other IGF participants—Caroline Wamala from Uganda and Itir Akdogan from Turkey on gender issues in internet governance and online content regulation. Following are excerpts from their conversation.
Denise Gomide on 2 Jun 2010
More than 40 educators debated the importance of ICTs in edu-communication processes at a recent workshop held in Sao Paulo.The benefits of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) tools and platforms were analysed, including their democratising potential and gendered environment. The workshop was conducted through a Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) tool that, like its namesake, evaluates ICT projects from a gender perspective.
Cris Ojeda on 2 Jun 2010
Cris Ojeda, a network technician and Nodo Tau collaborator in Argentina, recounts her experience at a wireless roaming nework training project carried out in Paraguay, during which she was the sole female participant.
Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
Prof. Dr. Heidi Schelhowe is a professor for “Digital Media in Education” at the Computer Science Department of the University of Bremen. Interaction and interactivity are main concepts in her research and teaching, plus the constant efforts to create interesting and provocative gender aware knowledge environments. Jac sm Kee speaks with this seminal thinker, educator and technologist about gendered dimensions of software, robots and transformative pedagogy in the field of information and communications technologies.
Graciela Selaimen on 2 Jun 2010
Sonia Jorge is an expert in telecommunications regulation, economics and public policy and have been working as a consultant in the fields of communications policy and regulation, gender and development with experience in different countries and regions. Specialized in gender analysis and ICT policies, Sonia shares in this interview to GenderIT her vision on the critical needs for gender and ICT advocates to have more impact in their advocacy work. Sonia points out some issues on which gender and ICT activists should focus their strategies and stresses the importance of the participation of gender experts in the implementation of policies, not only in their formulation.
Graciela Selaimen on 2 Jun 2010
Sulamita Garcia is a 28-year-old consultant who specialises in Unix systems and is completely enthusiastic about free and open source software. She is responsible for the LinuxChix Brasil project. In this interview for GenderIT, Sulamita tells about the recent experience of LinuxChix Brasil, which is delivering online courses on FLOSS for women. She speaks about prejudice, stereotypes and the need for women to overcome initial difficulties when facing new technologies.
Ausra Gustainiene on 2 Jun 2010
The European Symposium on Gender & ICT started as an 'ad hoc' invitation in 2003, with organisers expecting 10-20 participants. Instead, more than 100 abstracts were received and participants came from "all over the world". The scenario repeated itself this year, with people from Scandinavia, Australia, Korea, USA as well as Europe. A great opportunity to meet researchers as well as women working in the ICT business. However, the overall picture from the symposium was rather pessimistic.
The African Copyright & Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project examines the relationship between national copyright environments and access to knowledge in African countries. The project is probing this relationship within an access to knowledge (A2K) framework - a framework which regards the protection/promotion of user access as one of the central objectives of copyright law. The project works in eight countries, Eygpt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda.
Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
This document provides an overview of the gender distribution of ICT and ICT-related employment in OECD countries, and ICT employment patterns are contrasted with overall employment to highlight how different ICT employment patterns are. The document then focuses on participation in ICT-related education and training, and differences in ICT access and use by gender.<br />
Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
Edited by Sophia Huyer and Nancy Hafkin, this book collects essays by Sonia N. Jorge, Shafika Isaacs, Shoba Arun, Richard Heeks, Sharon Morgan, Maria Garrido, Raul Roman, and Vikas Nath on the current landscape of gender and ICT. According to Claudia Morell, the book "provides an excellent overview of the critical issues addressing the global participation of girls and women in today's information society. It serves as both a resource for comprehensive understanding and a strategic guide for taking the necessary steps to ensure women fully participate in and benefit from information and communication technologies." Covering women's engagement with ICTs from different angles -- from policy to education to economic empowerment -- the book demonstrates the potential of ICTs for women's empowerment through case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America.<br />
The document is the second part of the report on a comprehensive study on the status of women in high-level ICTs in South Africa. The report looks at how girls and women are progressing (or not) in the education system and the workplace.<br /> <br />
A Manual of Possible Interventions to Improve the Situation of Women in High-Level ICTs in South Africa
The document is the third part of the report on a comprehensive study on the status of women in high-level ICTs in South Africa. The Manual of Possible Interventions maps out six possible programmes with a breakdown of activities and possible role players to take these actions forward.
Exploring Mechanisms to Stimulate the Increased Participation of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology: International Experiences
The document is the first part of the report on a comprehensive study on the status of women in high-level ICTs in South Africa. It describes international experiences, with particular emphasis on Finland, that provide insights for consideration in addressing South Africa's needs on on stimulating the participation of women in high-level ICTs.