strategic use

Internet improves access to health care for sex workers in the Olympics area of London

Kateřina Fialová on 21 Jun 2012
The challenge of doing sexual health outreach work in East London has been transformed by police action in the run up to the Olympics. APC member GreenNet answered Open Doors Sexual Health Clinic’s request for a new website that could speak clearly to east London sexworkers with advice and resources.

Voices from digital spaces: Technology related violence against women - executive summary

Flavia Fascendini on 27 Mar 2012
Drawing on findings from APC's MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project with women's rights organisations in twelve countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, this paper explores the links between the internet, cell phones and violence against women and illustrates that technology related violence impacts women as seriously as other forms of violence.

Voices from digital spaces: Technology related violence against women

Flavia Fascendini on 27 Mar 2012
Drawing on findings from APC's MDG3: Take Back the Tech! project with women's rights organisations in twelve countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, this paper explores the links between the internet, cell phones and violence against women and illustrates that technology related violence impacts women as seriously as other forms of violence.

'Love Letter to the Soldier' - video that moves people to change

on 28 Feb 2012
Maria Goreti, a papuan woman, was left pregnant and abandoned by an indonesian soldier. She and her 3-year-old daughter are still waiting for him to return. South to South Film Festival award-winning short film “Love letter to the Soldier” by EngageMedia tells her story.

EROTICS: Sex, rights and the internet - an exploratory research study

Jac sm Kee on 9 Aug 2011
How is the internet a key public sphere for the struggle for sexual citizenship and the exercise of sexual rights? What is its value to a diversity of users, especially those most marginalised or discriminated against because of their sexual, gender or other forms of social identity? Why do arguments for the regulation of the internet anchor on the moral imperative to regulate sexuality? Who are the key actors influencing processes of decision making, and what are the ways in which the potentially liberatory impact of the internet is being constricted and narrowed? The 3 year EROTICS research project delves into the complex world of sexuality and internet regulation, and uncovers interesting insights to these questions from Brazil, India, Lebanon, South Africa and the US. The full research findings and a synthesis chapter is presented in this report.

Access and participation of women and girls in education, training and science and technology, including for the promotion - Draft agreed conclusions

Flavia Fascendini on 15 Mar 2011
The outcome of the Commission’s consideration of the priority theme takes the form of agreed conclusions, negotiated by all States. These identify gaps and challenges in the implementation of previous commitments. They also provide action-oriented recommendations for all States, relevant non-governmental bodies, mechanisms and entities of the UN System and other relevant stakeholders, in order to accelerate implementation.

STOP MOTION PROJECT – When does the violence begin?

Kateřina Fialová on 21 Feb 2011
The three-part video campaign STOP MOTION PROJECT – When does the violence begin? aims to encourage discussion and promote awareness on violence against women through creative storytelling and the use of stop-motion animation. The mission of STOP MOTION PROJECT is to empower and support organisations and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for the purpose of ending violence against women (VAW).

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

Fatma Mint Elkory Oumrane takes a look at the progress Mauritania is making in encouraging open access to materials, its copyright regime and how these impact on women. She examines the role of women as ICT graduates and looks at how the government is helping overcome the various digital divides - and the large amount of work that remains to be done.

ICTs and health in Uganda: benefits, challenges and contradictions

Patricia Litho on 2 Jun 2010
Information & communications technologies (ICTs) have been continually viewed as having the potential to address several challenges in Africa including in the health sector, and has been implemented at least since the 1970s through the 'telemedicine' concept. By looking at the "Satellife" Personal Digital Assistant Project implemented by the government of Uganda, Patricia Litho surfaces the potentials and challenges at stake in adopting ICTs for health in the region. 

Demanding our reproductive rights on the web: A Uruguayan experience

Cecilia Gordano on 2 Jun 2010
When it was reported in mid-May 2007 that a Uruguayan woman was being put on trial for having an abortion, many people paid little notice. After all, abortion has been classified as a crime in the country’s criminal code since 1938. Others, however, were outraged by the news and turned to information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a tool for organising, protesting, and putting the contradictions of a legal and sociocultural system that systematically violates women’s reproductive rights back on the political agenda.

Women’s networks for effective communication

Dafne Sabanes Plou on 2 Jun 2010
Dafne Sabanes Plou is the regional coordinator for Latin America for the APC Women’s Networking Support Programme (WNSP). In mid-March she coordinated the “Building inclusive community networks” workshop in Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut Province, Argentina, in which women interested in learning about strategic uses of information and communication technologies took part. This is an account of the experience, prepared exclusively for GenderIT.org.

Tools for Communication Rights in Malaysia

Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
Jac sm Kee speaks with one of the most vocal media and communication rights advocates in Malaysia, Sonia Randhawa, through an online messenger platform about motivations, communication technologies, rights, democracy, tactics and gender. Sonia currently sits as the Executive Director of the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ). Apart from conducting regular trainings on independent media and communications strategies, CIJ is also developing community radio programmes that innovatively combine “old” and “new” technologies – radio and the internet – through Radiq Radio.

Reclaiming women’s space at the peace table : the Peacebuilding Cyberdialogue as a model of using ICTs for peacebuilding

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 2 Jun 2010
Women are particularly impacted by war and violent conflicts - both as survivors as well as, crucially, being at the forefront of conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peace building. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza shares the Peacebuilding Cyberdialogue, a collaborative effort between the International Women's Tribune Centre and Isis WICCE, that brings together 40 women's organisations all over the world through a "‘real time global town hall meeting’ using Internet chat with voice and video/visual contact". Such an initiative not only linked advocates who were working on this issue together, but was also important in making the connection between policies proposed at international levels with the realities of women working on the ground. The article ends with some reflections on challenges and recommendations on the effective use of ICTs in peacebuilding.

HIV/AIDS and mobile technology: sms saving lives in Africa

on 2 Jun 2010
Two new mobile technology programs in South Africa and Kenya are helping HIV/AIDS sufferers and their carers cope with the challenges.

OAFLA to use ICTs for social justice

Brenda Zulu on 2 Jun 2010
The Organisation of African First Ladies against AIDS (OAFLA) seeks to place women’s health issues on national and regional development agendas. They have embraced ICTs as a tool to advocate for social justice especially in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
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