WSIS Rio regional meeting: very few doors open for the gender perspective

Graciela Selaimen on 2 June 2010 | 2,790 views
No participation of civil society as observers in the governmental delegations' meetings; no gender working group in the final regional action plan ELac 2007; almost no women, black people or indigenous people as panelists. Although the Rio WSIS Regional Meeting opened two slots for civil society statements in the plenary and produced documents which were fairly positively received by NGOs and social movements, there was a step back regarding women's participation in the regional action plan.

Opening Eyes in Jamaica

on 2 June 2010 | 2,355 views
Hilary Nicholson, member of Women’s Media Watch, shares her experience and impressions on participating in the Global Media Monitoring Day in Jamaica. Her article shows the expectancies and reactions of twelve women who volunteered to participate in this initiative, last February. To some of them, enlightening, to others, unsettling - to all of them an eye-opener experience, after which the gender bias in media will never be unnoticed again.

Women, Gender & Media

Jac sm Kee on 2 June 2010 | 4,528 views
When I was a trainer at a media and gender workshop in 2002, the only male participant there confessed, “Our organisation is not prioritising gender actually. We are more concerned about other issues – issues which are political”. This statement reveals much about the stand that most media institutions take on gender.

Linking feminists in Eastern Europe with technology

on 2 June 2010 | 2,309 views
An interview with Natasa Stevanic and Milica Gudovic [milNat] from Women’s Information Technology Transfer (WITT).

Reflecting on ICTs, Women’s Activism and Silences at Beijing +10 - Interview with Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

Jac sm Kee on 2 June 2010 | 3,537 views
Jac sm Kee speaks with Mavic Cabrera-Balleza of the International Women’s Tribune Centre about her work using ICTs, and her thoughts on issues of gender and ICT (information and communications technology) policy as well as the challenges facing women’s movements in this respect.

Politicising ICTs in the Women's Rights Movement - Interview with Lydia Alpízar Durán

Jac sm Kee on 2 June 2010 | 3,370 views
Interview with Lydia Alpízar Durán, Feminist Organizational Development Program Coordinator of AWID (Association of Women in Development) on her thoughts about the relationship between ICTs and movement building in women’s human rights, at the Beijing +10 process, 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, New York.

New gender and ICT policy monitor helps women make ICT policy a priority

Kateřina Fialová on 2 June 2010 | 1,979 views
Information and communications technologies (ICTs) can assist in bringing food to the table or promoting a reproductive rights agenda and more women need to be involved in the drafting of technology policy. is a new portal for women and policy-makers just launched by the APC WNSP, APC's women's programme. is a practical tool for women's organisations so that ICT policy meets their needs and does not infringe on their rights.

Brazilian women climb in science, but few reach the top

on 2 June 2010 | 2,230 views
Gender equality in Brazilian science is increasing up to doctorate level but few women hold senior scientific posts, according to figures released by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and the National Institute for Educational Studies and Research (INEP). <br />

ICTs for Grassroots: Women from South Asia

on 2 June 2010 | 3,869 views
Like bright flowers in a grey space, the grassroots women of India livened up February’s Prepcom proceedings and it wasn’t just their stylish saris that did the trick. Undaunted by the suits and officialdom of Geneva’s UN machinery, these Indian representatives vigorously demonstrated the value of ICTs in their working lives and made a cogent case for finances to build more equitable ICT infrastructures in developing countries like India. Over chappatis and chi, they shared their stories with Maud Hand for APCNews.

What’s Gender got to do with IT?

Jennifer Radloff on 2 June 2010 | 3,698 views
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are being used by women’s organisations to communicate their own agendas and perspectives in order to effect women’s empowerment and social change. But women also need to be involved in the policy processes that define access to and use of these ICTs. This was the message of participants in a panel hosted by the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) hosted on Monday 7 March.