15 November 2005: Day 3, Strikes and Counter Strikes in Human Rights

Jac sm Kee on 16 Nov 2005 | 2,758views
Today was a day of cancellation. The GEM (Gender Evaluation Methodology) Book launch was scheduled to happen at 2:00pm, but in a demonstration of solidarity, APC decided to withdraw and cancel all of its side events scheduled for today...

14 November 2005: Day 2, Representations at a Glance

Jac sm Kee on 14 Nov 2005 | 2,561views
At the end of the day, Maxigas and I decided to take a walk and survey the images of women, men, elderly people, young people and disabled people at the ICT 4 All Exhibition hall. Afterall, the claim is that ICT is for all right? So who is this ‘All’ we are talking about.

14 November 2005: Day 2, Obstacles to Access... and Whose Security?

Jac sm Kee on 14 Nov 2005 | 2,517views
Took a cab to the Kram Palexbo, where the Summit and IT 4 All exhibition was happening[...] When we finally got to the site, we were stopped 5 times at security checks at every turn of the road and I had to flash my registration card and a big smile to calm the security that I was indeed, a legitimate subject to attend this conference, accredited (somehow) and all.

13 November 2005: Day 1, Groggy at Tunis

Jac sm Kee on 13 Nov 2005 | 2,580views
The plane ride was as all plane rides become after awhile, uncomfortable and far too long. Once getting off, there were large posters everywhere advertising WSIS, especially about the IT 4 All exhibition, where the tagline – complete with pictures of multi-gendered and ‘raced’ children smiling at a computer screen – promises to forefront the human dimension of information communications technologies development. I think I snorted audibly...

29 September 2005 - Gender Caucus urges for multistakeholder participation

Brenda Zulu on 29 Sep 2005 | 2,269views
The internet has grown and matured and it therefore prudent to believe that it is time for a greater internationalization of the management of the internet. The internet governance oversight functions have been clearly spelt out as the Gender Caucus paticipates in WSIS PrepCom III.

27 September 2005 - Reintroduce cultural diversity

Brenda Zulu on 29 Sep 2005 | 2,596views
Culture involves both men and women and in this regard the reintroduction of culture diversity in the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) is an issue as it continues to be side lined in the process.

27 September 2005 - WSIS misses grassroots issues

Brenda Zulu on 29 Sep 2005 | 2,604views
Grassroots issues are spelt out. The grassroots caucus lobbies the gender caucus to recognise their issues as they also have gender issues which are cross-cutting in their action plan.

25 September 2005 - Tunisia's credibility to host WSIS II questionable

Brenda Zulu on 27 Sep 2005 | 2,502views
Tunisia's credibility to host the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) has been questioned following the release of the report of the Tunisia Monitoring Group (TMG) as we move closer to pharse II scheduled to take place in Tunis, 16-18 November 2005.

26 Semptember 2005 - Freedom of expression in Tunisia debate erupts in WSIS

Brenda Zulu on 27 Sep 2005 | 2,662views
Imagine for a moment attending a session and suddenly policeman shows up to tighten security for just this meeting. The launch of second report produced by the Tunisia Monitoring Group attracted many delegates in the WSIS PrepCom III .

23 September 2005 - Gender and internet governance in the African context

Brenda Zulu on 26 Sep 2005 | 2,510views
"Is there such a thing as gender aspects of internet governance (IG) or does it boil down to the technical and political aspects?," asked Christine Butengwa from the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET).

23 September 2005 - …but where are the women?

Brenda Zulu on 26 Sep 2005 | 2,495views
The Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) report acknowledges that there is the lack of participation of women, indigenous peoples, civil society and small enterprises in the ICT decision making processes. However women's participation is critical to shape just and equal internet use and evolution.

23 September 2005 - Gender advocates advised to integrate MDGs

Brenda Zulu on 26 Sep 2005 | 2,643views
The joint discussion of the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP), African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) and the WSIS Gender Caucus showed that it is important for gender and ICT advocates to embrace MDGs in order to talk in the same language with the government.

23 September 2005 – Last Day at Geneva, End of Week 1 (concept of time no longer exists)

Jac sm Kee on 25 Sep 2005 | 2,770views
Of course! Just when I start to get the hang of things and feel like I am finally getting a vague idea of what is going on, it’s time to go. Brenda Zulu who arrived late last night will be taking over blogging for the next week while I go home to the land of good food at reasonable prices (yipee!). It should be exciting. A real test of the promise of participatory, multi-stakeholder, transparent processes that WSIS is distinguished for as a global event...

22 September – Quickie on IG (a little late)

Jac sm Kee on 23 Sep 2005 | 2,309views
Sorry for late blog today. The WSIS Gender Caucus have come up with a draft Briefing Paper that states its positions on WSIS PrepCom-3 so far, and by the time Lenka & I worked on inputs and comments to the draft to be submitted to the caucus, I couldn’t face Fabala anymore...

21 September 2005 – Sex[ism] in the Afternoon (1:00pm – 3:00pm)

Jac sm Kee on 22 Sep 2005 | 3,143views
HUMPH! I am so pissed off I could punch someone (if I didn’t believe in random acts of violence, I would have by now!! Grr..) To start from the beginning, a civil society side event was organised on “Internet Governance Forum Function” with plenary presentations by members of WGIG. This was to have a space for discussion on how a global forum or interface on internet governance might look like, with what kinds of priorities, membership, roles, responsibilities, powers and functions, if any...