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Chicas Linux

Latin America

ChicasLinux is a virtual community of women interested in Linux and free and open software. It aims to offer support to women regarding technological issues in general. It is formed by begginers, experts, programmers, system administrators and technical documenters.

Projeto Software Livre Mulheres

Brazil, Latin America

The Projeto Software Livre Mulheres is an initiative of a group of active women within the Free Software community in Brazil. The group's website is a space for highlighting the debates and activities of the Free Software project within a gender perspective, although men are very welcome in the forums.

Cemina - Comunicação, Educação e Informação em Gênero

Brazil, Latin America

NGO created by a group of women actvisits who struggled to find a way to communicate with the general public about the aspirations, wishes, rights and changes that women seek for themselves and for society as a whole. It provides training in radio and ICTs for women and articulates a network of more than 400 communicator women.

Women's Issues Information Centre

EU, Europe, Lithuania, New EU Countries

The WIIC acts as a focal point on the pulse of women's issues in Lithuanian society, by acting as a catalyst on the most pressing problems facing women in the transitional post communist stage.

Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science

Czech Republic, Europe, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia

The Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science (CEC-WYS), was established with the goal of promoting and supporting women and young people in science in Central Europe.

TIC : Femmes, logiciels libres, copyrights, …les oubliés du législateur et du décideur mauritaniens

By Fatma Mint Elkory Oumrane

Les logiciels libres sont une vraie solution aux problèmes de fracture numérique qu’engendre le sous -développement. En effet, il est désormais indéniable qu’ils ont, avec l’implication des femmes et leur prise en compte comme actrices incontournables, une part importante à jouer dans la création d’un environnement favorable à un développement équitable et durable.

ICTs: Women, free software, copyrights,… forgotten by Mauritanian legislators and decision-makers

By Fatma Mint Elkory Oumrane

Fatma Mint Elkory Oumrane takes a look at the progress Mauritania is making in encouraging open access to materials, its copyright regime and how these impact on women. She examines the role of women as ICT graduates and looks at how the government is helping overcome the various digital divides - and the large amount of work that remains to be done.

Women’s networks for effective communication

By Dafne Sabanes Plou

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

GenARDIS: supporting the use of ICTs by women farmers for social change

By Sylvie Niombo Africa

The GenARDIS grants programme was developed in recognition of the ICT-related constraints and challenges faced by rural women in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The grants winners took part in a knowledge sharing workshop on gender, agriculture and rural development in the information society in Entebbe, Uganda from July 3 to 8. The following is a report by Sylvie Niombo - Deputy Coordinator of APC-Africa-Women- about the crossroads of gender, rural development and ICT, the impact of GenARDIS grants, and recommendations for policy makers.

We assume FOSS benefits all equally. But does it really?

By Cheekay Cinco

FOSS has the potential to change the way women relate with ICTs, allowing for more control over the tools they use. As Users, women will have the freedom from steep licensing fees and the opportunity to influence software development to meet their needs. As developers, the open principle behind FOSS encourages a more collaborative environment, in which women may discover more freedom to create applications and solutions. However until women are recognised as equal partners, users and developers in FOSS, these potentials will remain at rest.