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Rights . Violence . Technology - HELP US TO JOIN THE DOTS

Kateřina Fialová on 2 Jun 2010
Policies, laws and development plans on emerging ICTs rarely take into account the reality of violence against women in its creation and implementation. Similarly, policies and laws on violence against women rarely take into account the dimensions of emerging ICTs. How have developments in information and communications technologies strengthened the efforts to end violence against women? How has it enabled violence against women to happen? Help us to join the dots.<br> <B>Draw the story of how violence against women and ICTs link in your spaces. The closing date for submissions is 17 May 2010.</B>

Challenges of communal copyright: Traditional and indigenous knowledge

Sonia Randhawa on 2 Jun 2010
Copyright and patents legislation has spread rapidly over the past century. This has a particular impact on indigenous women and the holders of traditional knowledge, as copyright ignores the possibility that knowledge can be held communally and has definitions of knowledge that exclude information held in a spiritual context. In this article, GenderIT writer Sonia Randhawa examines how women's lives in traditional and indigenous societies have been affected by the spread of copyright.

Finding a difficult balance: Human rights, law enforcement and cyber violence against women

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 2 Jun 2010
GenderIT writer Mavic Cabrera-Balleza probed on new analytical frameworks of violence against women taking into account cyber violence and the challenges and dilemmas women activists confront as they struggle to address this relatively new dimension of gender injustice. She spoke with two women activists who are at the forefront of advocacy on violence against women at the national and international levels - Lesley Ann Foster, founder and Executive Director of Masimanye Women’s Support Network in South Africa and Charlotte Bunch, founder and Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA.

Money for tech? Tech and money? Facilitating women’s engagement in the financing discourse through the use of ICT

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 2 Jun 2010
<img width="151" vspace="1" hspace="1" height="175" border="1" align="left" src="http://www.genderit.org/upload/6e31965cde2aff024e26959611550a06/IreenDubel.jpg" alt="IreenDubel.jpg" />Ireen Dubel, the manager of the gender, women and development programme of Hivos is an active participant in discussions on financing for women and development work. Hivos, Ireen’s organisation, is one of the few donor agencies that have consistently supported ICT for development projects. <br /><br />In this interview conducted by GenderIT.org writer, Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, Ireen shares her thoughts on the links between ICT and financing for women’s empowerment and gender equality.<br /><br /><strong>Read more on the 52nd Commission on the Status of Women panel report, "Why the Purse Feels Empty: Financing for women's equitable access to information and communication technologies":</strong><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95573" class="category">What are the current financing trends and challenges in the ICTD sector?</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95570" class="category">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Role of ICTs in securing funds for women's groups [part 4] </a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95568" class="category">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Donor's perspective on financing gender and ICT initiatives [part 3]</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95567" class="category">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Effective Financing Mechanisms to Progress Gender Equality [part 2]</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95566" class="category">LISTEN:Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Financing Trends and Challenges in the ICT for Development [part 1]</a><br />

Of empty purses and tattered pockets: Stitching funding back into gender and ICT

erika on 2 Jun 2010
The panel on women's communication rights "Why the purse feels empty: Financing for women's equitable access to information and communication technologies" during the recent 52nd CSW brought together donor, development and civil society perspectives on the issue. Erika Smith presents an overview of the discussion around the challenges, importance and opportunities of financing ICT for women's communication rights in this article.<br /><br /> <strong>Read the full report on 52nd Commission on the Status of Women panel, "Why the Purse Feels Empty: Financing for women's equitable access to information and communication technologies":</strong><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a class="category" href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95573">What are the current financing trends and challenges in the ICTD sector?</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a class="category" href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95570">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Role of ICTs in securing funds for women's groups [part 4] </a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a class="category" href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95568">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Donor's perspective on financing gender and ICT initiatives [part 3]</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a class="category" href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95567">LISTEN: Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Effective Financing Mechanisms to Progress Gender Equality [part 2]</a><br /> <img src="../../images/graphics/bullet.gif" /><a class="category" href="../../en/index.shtml?w=r&x=95566">LISTEN:Communication Rights for Women - Why the Purse feels empty? Financing Trends and Challenges in the ICT for Development [part 1]</a> <br />

Where is the Money for Women's Rights Work on ICT? A brief look at the funding landscape for women’s organisations working on information and communication technologies

on 2 Jun 2010
<img width="220" vspace="5" hspace="5" height="220" border="1" align="left" src="http://www.genderit.org/upload/6e31965cde2aff024e26959611550a06/AWIDFundHer.gif" alt="AWIDFundHer.gif" />In collaboration with the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Lucía Carrasco, Fernanda Hopenhaym and Cindy Clark focuses the findings from "Where is the money for women's right? Strategic Initiative" onto the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) and gender. <br /><br />In addition, it includes some highlights from an interview conficted with Ms. Sonia Jorge, a specialist in Communications Policy and Regulation working on Gender and Development. This article presents a good overview on the financing and budgetary landscape of women's rights organisations working in ICT, and provides valuable recommendations on how to re-think the relationship between money and movements.

Integration of ICTs in the Health System: Basic Services and Risks to Privacy

How can a health care system respond to the gender-specificities in terms of providing accurate and timely information & services? And in what way can ICTs augment or challenge this effort? Natalia Fernandez presents a summary overview of various approaches by governments in different regions in adopting ICTs in health care, and highlights the potential risks to privacy that they can potentially create.

Mobile telephony's promise of bridging the digital divide

on 2 Jun 2010
The London Offices of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently received an unprecedented appeal for increased food aid. What was different about this appeal was the manner in which it was sent. According to a United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights report, a Somali refugee in Northern Kenya's Dagahaley refugee camp sent a text message by mobile phone to the WFP offices complaining that refugees were not getting enough food. [1]

Reclaiming women’s space at the peace table : the Peacebuilding Cyberdialogue as a model of using ICTs for peacebuilding

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 2 Jun 2010
Women are particularly impacted by war and violent conflicts - both as survivors as well as, crucially, being at the forefront of conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peace building. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza shares the Peacebuilding Cyberdialogue, a collaborative effort between the International Women's Tribune Centre and Isis WICCE, that brings together 40 women's organisations all over the world through a "‘real time global town hall meeting’ using Internet chat with voice and video/visual contact". Such an initiative not only linked advocates who were working on this issue together, but was also important in making the connection between policies proposed at international levels with the realities of women working on the ground. The article ends with some reflections on challenges and recommendations on the effective use of ICTs in peacebuilding.

“The Burden of The Struggle” - Engendering Change in ICT Policy

Cheekay Cinco on 2 Jun 2010
Cheekay Cinco, member of APC WNSP, interviews Nancy Hafkin, woman pioneer of networking and ICTs development in Africa on her thoughts about the current gender and ICT policy environment. She reflects on the WSIS process and the recent Commission on the Status of Women, and articulates what is urgently needed to render visible the gender dimensions of ICTs at policy levels.

Women, Media & ICTS: Where Do We Go From Here?

Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
This article examines the progress made on the issue of Women, Media and ICTs at the level of international advocacy, particularly in relation to the Commission on the Status of Women and the Beijing Platform for Action. Questioning the disconnection between the fields of ICTs and women's rights, it looks at strategies of gender mainstreaming, and the need to have women in decision-making positions, particularly in light of the UN reform process.

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

Cheekay Cinco on 2 Jun 2010
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.

Funding ICTs: where will the money come from?

Brenda Zulu on 2 Jun 2010
The Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) was proposed by Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade at Phase I of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Summit. It was inaugurated by the Nigerian President Olusegun Odasanjo in March 2005, in Geneva. This fund is seen a voluntary and complementary financing mechanism to supplement existing financial mechanism. It is registered in Switzerland.

Gender equality may constitute a normative consensus, but the political will is lacking

Heike Jensen on 2 Jun 2010
Heike Jensen, researcher and lecturer at the Department of Gender Studies of Humboldt University in Berlin, (Germany), is one of those hardworking gender advocates, whose “effort and time spent gathering information, sleepless nights, many cups of coffee, talking, training, skills sharing, lobbying and writing” focussed on integrating gender as a relevant dimension of WSIS process and outcomes. She has been involved in the process almost since the beginning, worked as member of the German Civil Society Coordinating Group, the NGO Gender Strategies Working Group and the WSIS Gender Caucus, where she is a member of the Steering Committee. In contrast to GenderIT.org writer Jac sm Kee, she sees the results of seven years advocacy more optimistically. Here is her initial assessment of the achievements in terms of gender written few days after the conclusion of WSIS process.

From Geek to the WSIS Gender Caucus

Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
Jac sm Kee grabs a conversation with Jacqueline A. Morris during WSIS PrepComm3 at Geneva, and finds out about how a girl from Trinidad & Tobago ends up being a gender & ICT advocate, her insights about the two priority issues in WSIS Phase II – financing and internet governance – as well as the efficacy of the WSIS Gender Caucus.
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