GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
Chim Manavy examines how growth of the internet is pushing the limits of a society's attitudes towards acceptable media images, through exploitative use of images taken for private consumption. Technology is moving across boundaries faster than the law can address. At the same time, ICT use in general, much less awareness of how ICTs can be strategically used to combat violence against women, is very limited in Cambodia. While other women’s organisations and networks worldwide are already using online resources in a myriad of ways to mobilise support and share experiences, most Cambodian women are not familiar with the use of ICT.
Jac SM Kee and Sonia Randhawa highlight forms of VAW that have received recognition in Malaysia and provide the context of ICT development and national policy objectives in this paper. It is not an exhaustive assessment of the current state of VAW, but rather aims to surface some of the interconnections between ICT issues and VAW and areas of potential opportunities for advocacy, as well as looking at related cyber laws and areas of regulation, particularly content regulation, privacy and surveillance.
This article examines the relationships that exist between gendered access to education and the ways in which mobile phones, fixed phones, and the Internet are perceived and used in a rural and an urban Bhutanese community. The findings, organized by levels of literacy, reveal similar patterns in ICT perceptions and use across the two communities.
Namita on 2 Jun 2010
Namita Malhotra examines in this paper, the discourse of pornography in relation to the internet in India. She interrogates the Indian women's movements negotiation with issues around sexuality and censorship, as well as the various legislative, cultural, and ethical debates that intersect around this issue in recent years.
This is a draft copy of a research conducted by FMA to look into gender mainstreaming efforts in ICT policy development. in the Philippines. In particular, Section 4 of the research is culled to demonstrate and examine ICT policy in the current Philippines context, with attention to the inclusion of gender within its processes.
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 />
This publication is a collection of 13 papers developed for a pre-World Summit on the Information Society seminar, produced by UNDP-APDIP in partnership with UNIFEM and IT for Change. It showcases perspectives that critique the engagement with new technologies in various development sectors such as the governance, media and work.
The report from the workshop focused on gender in the information society in the context of the Asia Pacific. The participants also critically evaluated how global policy platforms such as the World Summit on the Information Society have framed issues related to gender and ICTs.
The publication features a new measuring instrument which combines statistical indicators with analytical work on policies and their implementation. Beyond it is complemented with quantitative and qualitative research in a chapter on ‘women in the information society' .
GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The objective of the survey was to determine the situation regarding open source software/free software (OSS/FS) engineers in Japan by gathering information directly from open source/free software developers themselves. The results will be used in personnel training in relevant technical fields, in planning policy for technology promotion and other areas. <br />
This page links to two documentary films on women and ICT that were produced in the framework of UNESCO’s pilot project 'Putting ICT in the Hands of the Poor', that are now available online. They examine the information needs of poverty stricken communities in South Asia, with a special focus on gender issues.
This statement on Gender and Free/Libre & Open Source Software (F/LOSS) was written by participants of a session on Gender & F/LOSS at the Asia Source Tech Camp, held in Bangalore on 28th January - 4th February, 2005. The Statement looks at gender in the context of the camp, with an aim to inform planning of similar F/LOSS workshops in the future.
The paper outlines various discriminatory practices that have been faced from the laws on media and communications in Malaysia, as compelling reasons why the legislations must be reformed.
Five case studies illustrate the different contexts facing gender and ICTs for development, including e-commerce in Bhutan, entrepreneurship by women workers in China, post-war communication using radio and ICTs in Sierra Leone, sustainable fisheries production in Ghana, and information exchange related to HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.