Small thoughts around...

From the “J” spot to the cru"X" of the matter

Magaly Pazello on 30 Mar 2010
Where is women's "J" spot? asks Jan Moolman, making a play on the word "G-spot", in reference to Maria Suárez's (Radio FIRE) analysis of why Section J was not a priority issue at the 10-year review of the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing + 10). Moolman, in agreement with Suárez, used the word "ghetto" to emphasise that media issues and ICTs (information and communication technologies) should not be viewed in isolation, nor subjected to the logic of static hierarchies.

I wonder if we will find women’s “J” spot at the Beijing +15 review…

Jan Moolman on 23 Feb 2010
In the article to which the ‘“J” spot’ refers, Maria Suarez explored why Section J was not a priority issue during the Beijing +10 review. Five years later, can we claim that it has happened? Or do circular ‘development’ debates continue to perpetuate the false dichotomy between ‘hard issues' such as access to water and housing and ‘soft issues’ including women’s rights to own, access, use and shape media and communication tools and platforms? Do we still feel forced into ‘choosing’ between the struggle to end violence against women or eradicate poverty and the struggle for our rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and to tell our own stories? We want to, together with other activists and partners whom we have had the privilege of working with and learning from over the years, find women’s “J” spot.

SMALL THOUGHTS AROUND....Violence against women and ICTs

erika on 5 Nov 2009
<meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="CONTENT-TYPE" /><title></title><meta content="OpenOffice.org 2.0 (Win32)" name="GENERATOR" /><meta content="20091105;10303789" name="CREATED" /><meta content="Erika Smith" name="CHANGEDBY" /><meta content="20091104;11330000" name="CHANGED" /><style> <!-- @page { size: 21.59cm 27.94cm; margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } --> </style> <p align="left" class="western">Over the next two months, GenderIT.org will be publishing a series of papers that provide a snapshot and baseline on the law and policy on ICTs and violence against women (VAW) in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The papers are part of the <a href="http://www.apcwomen.org/" target="_blank">Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP)</a> project that connects ICTs, VAW and Millennium Development Goal Three (MDG3). This <a href="http://www.apcwomen.org/node/695" target="_blank">project</a> is entitled, “Strengthening women’s strategic use of ICTs to combat violence against women and girls”, and is supported by the Dutch government’s <a href="http://www.mdg3.nl/">MDG3 Fund</a> to empower women and promote gender equality. </p>

Twittering the Iranian election

Jac sm Kee on 17 Jul 2009
The most talked-about aspect of the current situation in Iran, is Twitter. In the past weeks Twitter has reportedly provided opportunities for Iranian protesters to send out information during that government's refusal to allow (mostly Western) journalists to report on the aftermath of the (suspect) re-election of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. So the hottest tweet is possibly, ironically, about Twitter itself.

Access to knowledge and gender

Sonia Randhawa on 13 Apr 2009
This edition of GenderIT looks at the question of access to knowledge focussing on Africa. Over the last century, copyright and patents legislation have penetrated into most countries, strengthened by international trade agreements, and often pressure from the United States. This has had the impact of both shrinking the amount of knowledge that is freely available, and of legislating what is and is not 'knowledge'.

Small thoughts around...Cybercrime legislations and gender

Flavia Fascendini on 19 Aug 2008
This edition of GenderIT.org examines the issue of cybercrime legislation through a gendered perspective and its implication on women, in collaboration with&nbsp; the ICT Policy Monitor Latinamerica and the Caribbean team of the Association for Progressive Communications. The focus of this edition was catalysed by issues and questions raised by our readers on the increasing pervasiveness of cybercrime legislations in different regions, and their potential impact on women's communication rights. The articles in this edition portray the current cybercrime landscape and its gendered dimensions in different regions of the world – including India, Burkina Faso, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia.

Financing for Gender & ICT

Kateřina Fialová on 17 Mar 2008
The 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) kicked off with a long line of women queuing for their official registration in front of the UN headquarters in New York. Over 5000 individuals took part in the CSW this year between 25 February and 7 March. This is one of the largest participation in the history of CSW, and illustrates importance of this year theme to women’s movements everywhere: “Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women”. As a contribution to this debate, GenderIT team in partnership with AWID are surfacing the links between ICT policy and financing for women’s empowerment and gender equality in this edition of the Gender Centred Bulletin.

Women's Health & ICT Policies

Flavia Fascendini on 1 Nov 2007
The current edition of GenderIT.org approaches the problematic issue of women´s health and its interconnection with information and communication technologies (ICTs) policies. ICTs have an enormous strategic potential to locate women at the centre of health initiatives. In an attempt to contribute to this discussion, in this edition GenderIT.org writers analyze some of the existing challenges and experiences about this subject in Uruguay, West Africa, Uganda and a summary overview around integration of ICTs into health initiatives around the world.

Access & Gender

Jac sm Kee on 16 Jul 2007
There are different dimensions to access-related issues, and there are significant points of connection between them. Factors such as gender disparity at the level of employment, education, social class, literacy, geographical location and decision making have great impact on the level of women’s access to ICTs. Gender is a cross-cutting issue with specificities that are often hidden. What are the strategic and real needs of women when it comes to meaningful access to ICTs?

Content Regulation & Censorship

Jac sm Kee on 22 Mar 2007
Content regulation is one gesture away from censorship and surveillance practices. The tension between managing content that could potentially result in harm towards a section of the population (e.g. spam) and silencing of viewpoints (e.g. lesbian issues) is not an easy one. How can advocates of women’s human rights, advocates of development, civil and political rights activists as well as feminists navigate the terrain of content regulation and censorship without inadvertently overlooking important perspectives and impact that affects sections of society differently?

Freedoms of Expression & Information

Jac sm Kee on 20 Jul 2006
World Press Freedom Day was celebrated on 3rd of May. As new digital communications technologies enable new opportunities for the creation, expression and dissemination of news and perspectives, these spaces are not invincible from the policing of State and other equally impactful, but often submerged, socio-political norms. GenderIT.org explores the gender dimension of freedoms of the freedoms of expression and information.
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