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Framing access and power at Stockholm Internet Forum 2017

Rafia Shaikh on 22 Jun 2017
The Stockholm Internet Forum 2017 focused their discussions on the links between access and power. In this article Shaikh Rafia Sarwar examines how access is linked to women's empowerment and particularly their economic empowerment. And whether the debate around access should focus on economic, cultural and social empowerment of women through and outside technology, rather than ensuring access to devices and internet via civil society projects.

The 2015-16 Affordability Report

on 17 Mar 2016
The 2015-16 Affordability Report looks at the affordability environment across 51 countries, considers the effects of poverty and income inequality and takes a close look at gender inequality in access to the internet. A4AI considers that the connectivity lag will undermine global development across the board, contributing to lost opportunities for economic growth and denying hundreds of millions access to online education, health services, political voice, and much more.

"What went wrong?" Anita Gurumurthy's statement at the closing ceremony of WSIS plus 10 review

Anita Gurumurthy on 8 Mar 2013
The statement by Anita Gurumurthy, Executive Director, IT for Change, at the closing ceremony of WSIS plus 10 review held by UNESCO from 25th to 27th February, 2013, starts questioning _"what went wrong?"_ in the last decade since the internet should have been been equalising social and economic opportunity. Why did the internet, and the information society phenomenon not do what it was supposed to do?

Social Outsourcing as a Development Tool

Kateřina Fialová on 23 Jun 2011
This paper assesses the impact of a social outsourcing initiative operated by the government of Kerala State, India. Part of this outsources information technology (IT) services to dozens of cooperatives of women from below-poverty-line families in order to improve their socio-economic status. While raising questions about sustainability of the initiative, the research finds that social outsourcing has delivered new jobs, incomes and empowerment into low-income communities.

Financing for ICT for Development in India

Weiting Xu on 2 Jun 2010
Information and communication technologies (ICT) is increasingly recognised by governments, the private sector and civil society alike in its potential to address existing obstacles to social and economic development of disadvantaged groups, as well as to transform the very systems that create inequalities in the first place. To this end, the work of ICT for Development (ICTD) is critical. GenderIT writer, Xu Weiting examines the role of the State and the private sector in creating enabling environments for the sustainability and success of ICTD initiatives, as well as the importance of women's inclusion and participation to ensure that they meet their broad development objectives of social, economic and political empowerment.<br /><br /><strong>Read more on the 52nd Commission on the Status of Women panel report, "Why the Purse Feels Empty: Financing for women's equitable access to information and communication technologies":</strong><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95573" class="category">What are the current financing trends and challenges in the ICTD sector?</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95570" class="category">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Role of ICTs in securing funds for women's groups [part 4] </a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95568" class="category">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Donor's perspective on financing gender and ICT initiatives [part 3]</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95567" class="category">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Effective Financing Mechanisms to Progress Gender Equality [part 2]</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95566" class="category">LISTEN:Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Financing Trends and Challenges in the ICT for Development [part 1]</a><br />

Where is the Money for Women's Rights Work on ICT? A brief look at the funding landscape for women’s organisations working on information and communication technologies

on 2 Jun 2010
<img width="220" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="220" border="1" align="left" src="" alt="AWIDFundHer.gif" />In collaboration with the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Lucía Carrasco, Fernanda Hopenhaym and Cindy Clark focuses the findings from "Where is the money for women's right? Strategic Initiative" onto the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) and gender. <br /><br />In addition, it includes some highlights from an interview conficted with Ms. Sonia Jorge, a specialist in Communications Policy and Regulation working on Gender and Development. This article presents a good overview on the financing and budgetary landscape of women's rights organisations working in ICT, and provides valuable recommendations on how to re-think the relationship between money and movements.

Do women’s access to ICTs lead to empowerment? Looking at the CEEWA ICT project in rural Uganda

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.

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

Gender, Trade and the role of ICTs in economic growth

Brenda Zulu on 2 Jun 2010
While trade offers opportunities for women's socio-economic empowerment and growth in Africa, it can perpetuate women's marginalisation and gender inequalities, which in turn hamper growth and development, the ultimate goal of trade.

Gender issues at all levels – from policy formulation to implementation

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.

Mobile Help-line for Women Tops Gender and ICT

on 2 Jun 2010
Pallitathya, an innovative Mobile Help-Line programme via cell phones for underprivileged women in rural Bangladesh beat thirty other entries from all over the Asia-Pacific to win this year's Gender and Information & Communication Technology (GICT) Awards sponsored by the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) and the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP). <BR> Two other projects were selected as runners up: Putting ICTs in the Hands of the Poor, an interactive community ICT centre in India; and eHomemakers, an online network for home-based business from Malaysia.

Women developing FLOSS - freedom for knowlege free from prejudice

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.

Why do we still discuss women and ICT - after more than 20 years of effort to change the situation?

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.

ICTs break Sharia compliances in Africa

Brenda Zulu on 2 Jun 2010
Information communication technologies (ICTs) have broken sharia compliances as the women farmers in Nigeria learned how to make their own video films and also take still pictures. However african women continue to face tough challenges in their battle to get their voices and concerns heard in development matters, as revealed a case study of women farmers of Kano in Nigeria presented by Salamatu Garba, National Coordinator for Women Farmers Advanced Network (WOFAN), as the part of Workshop on ICTs and Poverty Reduction during African regional preparatory conference for the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS).

Engendering Rural Information Systems in Indonesia

Chat Garcia Ramilo on 2 Jun 2010
The study aims at identifying policies, technologies, institutions and investments needed to improve access to ICTs and promote rural development in Indonesia. A critical part of this study is a gender specific component, to ensure that the strategies developed and recommended are informed by a comprehensive gender analysis, and further integrate gender considerations into national ICT policy, planning and implementation.
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