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New technologies and women in Arab countries: a forest of concepts, a complex reality

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:20 | 6,010 views
Natalia Fernández-Diaz identifies the difficulties of understanding feminist concerns regarding the needs and potential benefits of emerging technologies in what is usually known as ‘Arab countries’. Locating the relationship between women and ICTs in women’s movements, Fernández-Diaz interrogates the concepts of technologists, producers, users, victims and indirect beneficiaries in this complex...

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Revolution in ICT infrastructure: Hope for the Ghanaian woman

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:20 | 11,952 views
In the area of telecommunications, Ghana appears to perform relatively well in relation to its neighbours in the West-African region. How does it fare in terms of ensuring that gender concerns are taken into consideration whilst promoting ICTs for development? Emily Nyarko examines this question through a closer look at the Strategic Document for ICT and Gender in the national ICT policy agenda.

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'Wanting to' versus 'Being able to': The rhetoric of access to the information society

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:20 | 4,995 views
Uruguay has one of the highest rates of internet coverage in Latin America, but studies that demonstrate this fact is gender-blind. So what have been the experiences of Uruguayan women with new technologies in relation to the three basic dimensions of any digital inclusion initiative, connectivity, education and infrastructure? This article is translated from the original version written in...

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Women’s networks for effective communication

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:20 | 4,143 views
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...

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Doing IT on Paper

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:20 | 4,095 views
This article examines the discrepancy between Pakistan's national IT policy and the reality of access and use on the ground. It argues a case for the revision of this policy by taking into existing account socio-cultural inequalities.

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Wireless networks: Neither the territory of men nor women

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:20 | 4,331 views
Cris Ojeda, a network technician and Nodo Tau collaborator in Argentina, recounts her experience at a wireless roaming nework training project carried out in Paraguay, during which she was the sole female participant.

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Mobile telephony's promise of bridging the digital divide

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:19 | 4,279 views
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...

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

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:19 | 3,341 views
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.

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Gender issues at all levels – from policy formulation to implementation

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:19 | 5,474 views
Sonia Jorge is an expert in telecommunications regulation, economics and public policy and have been working as a consultant in the fields of communications policy and regulation, gender and development with experience in different countries and regions. Specialized in gender analysis and ICT policies, Sonia shares in this interview to GenderIT her vision on the critical needs for gender and ICT...

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Women and ICT in Colombia: an issue still not completely incorporated in feminist agendas

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:19 | 3,741 views
Olga Paz, Administrative and Project Coordinator at Colnodo, a Colombian member of Association for Progressive Communications (APC), explains in this interview with GenderIT that in her country there is still not a clear gender perspective on national ICT policies and that there is still a way to go in achieving an understanding of the role of ICT as a political and strategic issue that can be...