Feminist reflection on internet policies

Changing the way you see ICT


  • Speaking at the on-going forum on "Information Communication Technologies (ICTi), Trade and Economic Growth" at the United Nations Conference Center in Addis Ababa In Ethiopia, Ngone Diop from the African Center for Gender and Development (ACGD) said that trade was not gender neutral. She observed that trade agreements, policies and mechanisms have different impacts on women and men.

  • Malaysia is a country that occupies an almost invisible point in global mediascapes. According to the recently launched “Baseline Study on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information in Malaysia”, the problem is located both in the strongly restrictive legislations, as well as the passivity that they engender: 

    “The vast majority of

  • “They are now leaders in their communities”. That is how Silvana Lemos, coordinator of the Cemina Digital Inclusion Project (Proyecto de Inclusión Digital) called Cyberela Network, describes the sixteen communicators that are part of the network. ”The fact that they are the ones that are bringing their cities into contact with computers and the interneti provides them a degree of credibility that they were unaware of before. It increases their self-esteem and resolve in their activities”.

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

  • Collins Chinyama, an information technologist at the Central Board of Health, describes the concept of tele-medicine as a multimedia system — using voice, video and data — to deliver medical services remotely. “People may phone their doctors and prescriptions are done either by telephone or fax,” he says.

  • 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 equalityi 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.

  • They come from rural areas of the poorest region in Brazil. Until a few months ago, their routine was to wake up before the sun rises, work in the crops, cut sugar cane and work at home at night in household chores. Now, they have a new activity to dedicate themselves: to learn to use a computer and navigate in the Interneti. And to speak up.

  • In February 2005, Manchester Conference Centre hosted the 3rd European Symposium on Gender i& ICTi organised by Jive Partners and the Open University. This symposium aimed to be a meeting point for researchers from different disciplines and research schools that are familiar with ICT and gender studies, women's studies or feminist studies. The conference brought together representatives of research projects from international perspectives as varied as the US, Australia, Norway and Holland.
  • The unprecedented potential the human race has developed for universal accessi and exchange of information and knowledge, if appropriately channeled, could contribute to more equitable development as well as to furthering mutual understanding between nations, cultures, religions. This in turn could assist in building consensus on planetary goals and promoting world peace.

  • Commonly known as “Beijing +10,” the role of the official UN session is to evaluate what governments have done to implement the PFA of the Fourth World Conference on Women 10 years ago in Beijing, China. The review and appraisal process will take place from February 28 to March 11, 2005 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.