ICTs for Grassroots: Women from South Asia

on 2 June 2010 | 3,632 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 | 3,459 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.

The Latin American and Caribbean Regional Ministerial Preparatory Conference for the World Summit on the Information Society, from the point of view of the NGOs

Magaly Pazello on 2 June 2010 | 2,567 views
The Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference (one of the Preparatory Conferences for the World Summit on the Information Society) was held in Bávaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, from the 29th to the 31st of January, 2003. In this article, Magaly Pazello, a member of the DAWN network, makes a report of the event and points out the small participation of women's groups and feminist groups: "With the exception of DAWN, the Centre of Investigation for Women's Action (CIPAF) and the APC Women's Networking Support Programme (WNSP), there did not appear to be representation from other women's groups, and even less from feminist groups (only DAWN and CIPAF)".

Where is women´s “J” spot?

María Suárez Toro on 2 June 2010 | 4,298 views
As the international community prepares to join the United Nation’s 49th Session of the Commission on the Status on Women (CSW), women media practitioners are asking: where is women’s “J” spot? Despite the fact that the latform for Action (PFA) contemplates Section “J” in Chapter 3, about Women and Media, the issue is hardly found in the provisional agenda for the evaluation process. The U.N. Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) has also ignored “Women and media” in its web page discussion topics towards the process.

Latin american women take on the internet

Sally Burch on 2 June 2010 | 3,363 views
"Information technology obviously will not solve the world's problems. But wisely deployed and developed, it has proven to be a powerful tool for advancing social causes. One of the social groups that has been most dynamic in using this technology innovatively for social progress, is the women's movement; and in many aspects, the South has exerted leadership in this process."

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

Ausra Gustainiene on 2 June 2010 | 3,967 views
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.

Connection G – rural women get out of the crops to face the screen

Graciela Selaimen on 2 June 2010 | 3,134 views
They come from rural areas of the poorest region in Brazil. Until a few months ago, their routine was to wake up before the sun rises, work in the crops, cut sugar cane and work at home at night in household chores. Now, they have a new activity to dedicate themselves: to learn to use a computer and navigate in the Internet. And to speak up.

ICTs break Sharia compliances in Africa

Brenda Zulu on 2 June 2010 | 4,787 views
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).

Tele-Health set to boost maternal care

Brenda Zulu on 2 June 2010 | 4,658 views
Delivering care to pregnant women and newborns in Lusaka is on the verge of becoming easier and more efficient, thanks to the advent of Tele-health — which is simply the use of information technology to deliver health services and information from one location to another.

Gender and ICT policies: how do we start this discussion?

Dafne Sabanes Plou on 2 June 2010 | 3,953 views
"Although the women’s movement has adopted ICTs in their work as an important tool, it has given little attention to ICT policies". This and many other issues were discussed in the workshop “Networking for Change and Empowerment: Building a Feminist Agenda for ICT Policies” that APC Women’s Networking Support Programme and APC LAC ICT Policies Monitor organised during the World Social Forum, in Porto Alegre, 2005. This article relates the outcomes and recommendations that resulted from this event.