Challenges of communal copyright: Traditional and indigenous knowledge

Sonia Randhawa on 2 Jun 2010
Copyright and patents legislation has spread rapidly over the past century. This has a particular impact on indigenous women and the holders of traditional knowledge, as copyright ignores the possibility that knowledge can be held communally and has definitions of knowledge that exclude information held in a spiritual context. In this article, GenderIT writer Sonia Randhawa examines how women's lives in traditional and indigenous societies have been affected by the spread of copyright.

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.

Supporting Women's ICT-Based Enterprises: A Handbook for Agencies in Development on 2 Jun 2010
The Handbook was designed for two purposes: (1) to help government and NGO officials to plan, initiate, evaluate and improve ICT-based enterprise projects for women; and (2) for facilitated use by groups of poor women themselves who want to start up, manage and improve ICT-based enterprises.

Putting ICTs in the Hands of Women of Kanpur and "Chikan" Embroidery Workers of Lucknow: Project Evaluation Methodology on 2 Jun 2010
This report document is based on a field trip by Dr. Janice Brodman, which aimed to help Datamation Foundation (DF) ensure that their evaluation instruments provide information/data needed to measure project achievements against objectives, and also introduced the infoDev Framework to the DF evaluation team.

From access to appropriation: Women and ICT policies in Latin American and the Caribbean

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
In this document is presented basic information on the expansion of ICTs in the Latin America Region, stating the major gaps. It also presents the results of some studies, and of an electronic consultation, which give evidence of the progress, obstacles and recommendations for policies and programs that strengthen gender equality in and through ICTs.

Globalisation and ICT: Employment Opportunities for Women on 2 Jun 2010
In view of international focus on poverty reduction and the Millennium Development Goals, and the close connection of gender equality to achieving these Goals, the paper addresses women’s use of ICTs in the six areas identified in the MDG as critical to achieving poverty reduction, as well as the potential use of ICTs to promote gender equality in poverty reduction strategies. It analyses the potential for women’s economic empowerment, as well as employment and income-generating trends ushered in by the digital economy.

E-commerce and Development Report 2003

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
The annual UNCTAD report analyses, from a development perspective, recent trends and advances in information and communication technologies (ICT), such as e-commerce and e-business, and examines their applications in developing countries.

Women's entrepreneurship in Eastern Europe and CIS countries on 2 Jun 2010
In Europe women become entrepreneurs on average twice less often than men. The UNECE Programme on Women’s Entrepreneurship aims at raising awareness of problems of women entrepreneurs by enhancing dialogue and promoting the exchange of best practices and recommending policies. This study includes select papers adopted from the First Forum of Women Entrepreneurs and meeting of the Team of Specialists on Women’s Entrepreneurship held in October 2001. The study has three parts. Part one presents a regional overview of the situation and problems of women entrepreneurs. Part two includes country experiences. And the final part discusses the importance of networks and the benefits of connecting women-run enterprises to the global digital economy.
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