Gender Peripheries of WSIS Prep Com 3

29 September 2005 - Gender Caucus urges for multistakeholder participation

Brenda Zulu on 29 Sep 2005
The internet has grown and matured and it therefore prudent to believe that it is time for a greater internationalization of the management of the internet. The internet governance oversight functions have been clearly spelt out as the Gender Caucus paticipates in WSIS PrepCom III.

27 September 2005 - Reintroduce cultural diversity

Brenda Zulu on 29 Sep 2005
Culture involves both men and women and in this regard the reintroduction of culture diversity in the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) is an issue as it continues to be side lined in the process.

27 September 2005 - WSIS misses grassroots issues

Brenda Zulu on 29 Sep 2005
Grassroots issues are spelt out. The grassroots caucus lobbies the gender caucus to recognise their issues as they also have gender issues which are cross-cutting in their action plan.

25 September 2005 - Tunisia's credibility to host WSIS II questionable

Brenda Zulu on 27 Sep 2005
Tunisia's credibility to host the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) has been questioned following the release of the report of the Tunisia Monitoring Group (TMG) as we move closer to pharse II scheduled to take place in Tunis, 16-18 November 2005.

26 Semptember 2005 - Freedom of expression in Tunisia debate erupts in WSIS

Brenda Zulu on 27 Sep 2005
Imagine for a moment attending a session and suddenly policeman shows up to tighten security for just this meeting. The launch of second report produced by the Tunisia Monitoring Group attracted many delegates in the WSIS PrepCom III .

23 September 2005 - Gender and internet governance in the African context

Brenda Zulu on 26 Sep 2005
"Is there such a thing as gender aspects of internet governance (IG) or does it boil down to the technical and political aspects?," asked Christine Butengwa from the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET).

23 September 2005 - …but where are the women?

Brenda Zulu on 26 Sep 2005
The Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) report acknowledges that there is the lack of participation of women, indigenous peoples, civil society and small enterprises in the ICT decision making processes. However women's participation is critical to shape just and equal internet use and evolution.

23 September 2005 - Gender advocates advised to integrate MDGs

Brenda Zulu on 26 Sep 2005
The joint discussion of the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP), African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) and the WSIS Gender Caucus showed that it is important for gender and ICT advocates to embrace MDGs in order to talk in the same language with the government.

23 September 2005 – Last Day at Geneva, End of Week 1 (concept of time no longer exists)

Jac sm Kee on 25 Sep 2005
Of course! Just when I start to get the hang of things and feel like I am finally getting a vague idea of what is going on, it’s time to go. Brenda Zulu who arrived late last night will be taking over blogging for the next week while I go home to the land of good food at reasonable prices (yipee!). It should be exciting. A real test of the promise of participatory, multi-stakeholder, transparent processes that WSIS is distinguished for as a global event...

22 September – Quickie on IG (a little late)

Jac sm Kee on 23 Sep 2005
Sorry for late blog today. The WSIS Gender Caucus have come up with a draft Briefing Paper that states its positions on WSIS PrepCom-3 so far, and by the time Lenka & I worked on inputs and comments to the draft to be submitted to the caucus, I couldn’t face Fabala anymore...

21 September 2005 – Sex[ism] in the Afternoon (1:00pm – 3:00pm)

Jac sm Kee on 22 Sep 2005
HUMPH! I am so pissed off I could punch someone (if I didn’t believe in random acts of violence, I would have by now!! Grr..) To start from the beginning, a civil society side event was organised on “Internet Governance Forum Function” with plenary presentations by members of WGIG. This was to have a space for discussion on how a global forum or interface on internet governance might look like, with what kinds of priorities, membership, roles, responsibilities, powers and functions, if any...

21 September 2005 – Porn[ography] in the Morning (10:00am – 1:00pm)

Jac sm Kee on 22 Sep 2005
The day started with sun! After two days of feeling like a houseplant, the feeling of optimism that the bright, yellow and warm gaze of actual sun is not to be sneered at...

20 September 2005 - Getting to the Gender Ghetto (post-lunch-that-didn’t-happen)

Jac sm Kee on 21 Sep 2005
In the last hour where I sat through the plenary session, my ears were on high alert for the mention of gender. Granted I only managed to catch a few governments’ statements (i.e. Switzerland, Venezuela, Turkey, Burkina Faso, Singapore, South Africa and Republic of Korea) before stakeholders like the ITU, CCBI and the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus were given the floor for their statements, gender relations, dimensions, -based discrimination/exclusion were missing from any of the statements...

20 September 2005 – All Over the Place (pretty much the whole day)

Jac sm Kee on 21 Sep 2005
After blogging till pretty late last night, woke up a wee bit late this morning =/ Managed to catch the tail-end of the Sub-Committee A plenary session, which discussed about internet governance issues. ..

19 September 2005 - Civil Society Content and Themes Meeting (6:00pm – 7:00)

Jac sm Kee on 20 Sep 2005
The evening reception happening outside of the meeting room really tested the commitment of the participants in this meeting (me! me!). But Tracey Naughton (MISA - Media Institute of Southern Africa) who chaired the meeting was amazingly efficient, and despite it starting almost 20 minutes late, she managed to outline the new method and structure of working, faciliate a discussion on its finer points, culled concrete steps of moving forward, and organised ourselves into working teams...
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