Strategic Use and FOSS

Participants in Costa Rican Women's Hackathon develop software applications to solve social problems

On 30 and 31 August 2014, 39 women engineers and technologists created nine prototypes of software applications aimed at solving social problems in the north of Costa Rica, at the First Women’s Hackathon, organised by APC member organisation Sulá Batsú through its TIC-AS project, with the support of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality.

Students and professionals from different educational centres offering training in computer science, information technology and related areas got together with women from other areas of expertise in working groups where knowledge was s

Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit

“Strategising Online Activism: A Toolkit” was designed for and by women activists but can be used by everyone. Key chapters include: strategising and planning your online activism; creating your campaign’s identity; social networking and security on the internet. vioThe guide provides practical and accessible step-by-step advice, while keeping a political and feminist eye. It was developed by APC’s women’s programme (APC WNSP) and our partner Violence is Not our Culture (VNC).

The toolkit aims to build:

TIC : Femmes, logiciels libres, copyrights, …les oubliés du législateur et du décideur mauritaniens

TIC : Femmes, logiciels libres, copyrights, …les oubliés du lég

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ICTs: Women, free software, copyrights,… forgotten by Mauritanian legislators and decision-makers

TIC : Femmes, logiciels libres, copyrights, …les oubliés du lég

Women’s networks for effective communication

Argentine Patagonia’s semi-desert geography, cold climate, strong winds and scant population have not broken the will of women’s groups and organisations ready to work for their rights and to use the communication media at their disposal to connect to each other and to share their initiatives with the community. In a region where the great distances between population centres could mean isolation, the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and space on the numerous FM community radios which have cropped up in the region over

GenARDIS: supporting the use of ICTs by women farmers for social change

GenARDIS’s goal

The GenARDIS grants programme was developed in recognition of the ICT-related constraints and challenges faced by rural women in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

The challenges include cultural factors that hinder ICT access by women, lack of time to participate in ICT training and use, minimal access to technologies such as radio, mobile telephones and computers, and lack of relevant information in local languages, adapted to local realities.

We assume FOSS benefits all equally. But does it really?

Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FOSS) is good. This is a "fact" that can hardly be debated in development circles by now. FOSS provides affordable and sustainable solutions to different sectors' information and communication needs, particularly for those sectors in the 'developing' countries where most people and organisations cannot afford high licensing fees that are bundled with proprietary software.

At the core of FOSS is a noble principle: because it opens up the source code of applications, individuals have the freedom

Women and ICT in Colombia: an issue still not completely incorporated in feminist agendas

Olga Paz, Administrative and Project Coordinator at Colnodo, the Colombian member of the Association for Progressive Communications, APC, has been working for many years on ICT for development, the social appropriation and use of new technologies by organisations, communities, youth and women’s groups, among others. As a member of the Women’s Networking Support Programme, APC WNSP, Olga participates in discussions on the inclusion of the gender perspective in ICT policy.

Women developing FLOSS - freedom for knowlege free from prejudice

Sulamita Garcia is responsible for the LinuxChix Brasil project – one of the most successful regional chapters of LinuxChix International. She is the mantainer of a how-to in Linux, in Portuguese.

ICTs break Sharia compliances in Africa

The African regional preparatory conference for WSIS called on people to give more concern and a voice to the rural community of Africa

Garba’s presentation show cased Africa as one of the most important yet challenging areas of work for advancing gender equality in using ICTs for poverty reduction. As formal or legislated discrimination against women falls away, the key challenge confronting Africa was how to change mindsets hardened by centuries of socialisation and cemented by custom, culture and religion.

Gender and ICT policies: how do we start this discussion?

During the past decade, the women’s and feminist movement has been very active in the use of electronic communications and Internet tools. Women have been able to take advantage quite soon of ICTs for networking for their rights, raising awareness for the issues that concerned them, lobbying authorities and planning actions for women’s empowerment and social change.

The Africa Women's Regional Shadow Report on Beijing +15

The Africa Women’s Regional Shadow Report on Beijing +15 provides a summarized analysis of progress, gaps and challenges identified in implementing the BPfA particularly in the West, Eastern and Southern sub-regions, with emphasis on the period since the last review in 2004 (Beijing +10). It also maps out the progress, gaps and challenges under each of the critical areas of concern, providing country-specific examples and some of the significant contributions that have been made by women’s civil society organizations in Africa.

Intellectual PROPERTY RIGHTS in Africa

Articles on intellectual property

Style Information: Sometimes takes the abbreviation IP. ">i rights in Africa have been brought together by the International Environmental Law Research Centre. The site includes papers translated from Arabic, and topics covered include traditional knowledge, farmers rights, patentis and comparisons between intellectual property regimes in different parts of Africa.

Information and Communication Technologies for Rural Development: Issues and Options

The report is based on field visits, interviews with local and central government and non-government organizations and desk reviews carried out between December 2004-April 2005. It aims to identify policies, technologies, institutions and investments needed to improve access to information and communication technologies (ICT) in rural areas in Indonesia.

ICT for Development Success Stories: Youth, Poverty and Gender

The 100-page publication highlights initiatives that are using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to make a real and meaningful difference in communities around the world, no matter how disadvantaged or isolated they may be. These stories on Youth, Poverty and Gender intend to provide snapshots of the learning process that accompanies the introduction and implementation of ICTs in a community development project.

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