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Review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - Report of the Secretary-General

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
The UN Secretary-General's report (E/CN.6/2010/2) in preparation for the 54th Commission on the Status of Women who undertook the 15 year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BpfA), including the section J – Women and Media. Media and ICT are mentioned throughout the Report as important tools for awareness raising and information dissemination, for example, under the sections covering 'Education and training', 'Women and health', 'Violence against women', 'Human rights of women' and 'The girl child'.

Where is Women´s “J” Spot?

María Suárez Toro on 2 Jun 2010
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? Commonly known as “Beijing +10,” the role of the official UN session is to evaluate what governments have done to implement the Platform for Action (PFA) of the Fourth World Conference on Women 10 years ago in Beijing, China. The review and appraisal process will take place from February 28 to March 11, 2005 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Despite the fact that the PFA contemplates Section “J” in Chapter 3, about Women and Media, the issue is hardly found in the provisional agenda for the evaluation process.

African Copyright & Access to Knowledge Project

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The African Copyright & Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) Project examines the relationship between national copyright environments and access to knowledge in African countries. The project is probing this relationship within an access to knowledge (A2K) framework - a framework which regards the protection/promotion of user access as one of the central objectives of copyright law. The project works in eight countries, Eygpt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda.

Gender dimensions of intellectual property and traditional medical knowledge

Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
This paper examines the discussion on intellectual property rights (IP) for traditional knowledge (TK) in medicine from a gender perspective. It argues that a gender analysis of these issues adds to the understanding of how trade decisions can have important and unintended impacts on the lives of disempowered people.

Take Back The Tech! Reclaiming ICT to end violence against women

Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
Take Back The Tech! is a yearly 16-day campaign that aims to engage greater participation by all civil society, especially grrls and women ICT-users, to think about the issue of violence against women and ICT in diverse contexts and realities. By calling for all users to reclaim control over technology, the campaign is asking for the right to define, access, use and shape ICTs for its potential to transform power relations, towards a vision and reality of equality.<br /><br />Subscribe to the Take Back The Tech mailing list <a href="http://lists.apcwomen.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/takebackthetech" target="_blank">here</a>.<br />

Francophone Women's Groups in Minority Situations and ICTs

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
“Francophone women are less likely to use the internet than Anglophone women (40.4% compared with 55.3%, respectively)" says a survey report released lately on the Womyn's Voices website. In the spring of 2002, 50 women’s groups working in minority situations in Canada were surveyed on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The project's scope is limited, looking at Francophone women’s groups working in minority situations. Also since statistics tend to change rapidly, especially concerning ICTs, the data presented may not be an accurate account of today's reality. It remains a valuable assessment for APC, not only for better understanding its current projects and members in francophone Africa and Canada, but also in preparing its new website in French.

Radio: A Post Nine-Eleven Strategy for Reaching the World's Poor

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The book provides case studies of the historical use of radio, and an overview of what is being done today. the authors argue that the voice of radio can work as an effective, practical and cost-efficient means of transmitting information that may impact the lives of people in communities all over the world.

Women in Sync: Acting Locally, Connecting Globally (Toolkit 3)

Dafne Sabanes Plou on 2 Jun 2010
Connecting Locally, Acting Globally is the third volume of Women in Sync. Women from diverse geographies and cultures tell how their communities are defining the Internet, and how they are themselves redefined by the experience. The telling comes in different tones: some voices were are terse, some verbosevoluble, and some quietly passionate. But all are, in the end, inspiring.<br />

MEDIA BRIEF: Cultivating Violence Through Technology? Exploring the Connections between Internet Communication Technologies and Violence Against Women

Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
This brief is a condensed version of the issue paper with the same title written by Jac sm Kee for APC WNSP. The paper explores the connection between new information communication technologies (ICTs) and violence against women (VAW). From the perspective of representation and rapid dissemination of information and communication enabled through ICTs, the paper looks at domestic violence in the homes, sexual violence and women in conflict affected areas. It presents case studies, strategies and analysis on these different areas.

Gender & FLOSS, Asia Source Tech Camp

Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
This statement on Gender and Free/Libre & Open Source Software (F/LOSS) was written by participants of a session on Gender & F/LOSS at the Asia Source Tech Camp, held in Bangalore on 28th January - 4th February, 2005. The Statement looks at gender in the context of the camp, with an aim to inform planning of similar F/LOSS workshops in the future.

Cultivating Violence Through Technology? Exploring the Connections between Internet Communication Technologies (ICT) and Violence Against Women (VAW)

Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
This paper explores the connection between new information communication technologies (ICTs) and violence against women (VAW). From the perspective of representation and rapid dissemination of information and communication enabled through ICTs, the paper looks at domestic violence in the homes, sexual violence and women in conflict affected areas. It presents case studies, strategies and analysis on these different areas. The study is the part of APC WNSP issue papers series on ICTs for women's rights.<br /> <br /> <br />

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.

Gender Equality and Poverty Reduction in the Knowledge Society

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The emphasis on ICT as a tool of economic and social empowerment for underprivileged women raises new research questions that are relevant both for advocacy and project work by NGOs as well as for policy intervention by national and international bodies. The paper assesses women&#8217;s access to and use of ICTs for social empowerment and poverty reduction.<br /> <br />

Poverty Reduction, Gender Equality and the Knowledge Society: Digital Exclusion or Digital Opportunities

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The paper is based on the premise that any strategies to increase the participation of women in the information economy will increase national IT capacity, reduce poverty, and help to raise the national standard of living. It summarises international discourse on the connections between gender equality and poverty reduction, and defines the context of the knowledge society, including the digital and gender divides.<br />

Women, Media And Democratic Society: In Pursuit Of Rights And Freedoms

GenderIT.org on 2 Jun 2010
The paper explores issues such as media employment and decision-making, media content and portrayal, and the impact of new ICTs in the field of media and gender, and relates these to policy implementation, reform and advocacy.
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