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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 | 3,916 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...

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Funding ICTs: where will the money come from?

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:19 | 3,474 views
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.

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Africa Grassroot Caucus prioritise the WSIS and MDGs as part of development

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:19 | 3,403 views
Africa Grassroots Caucus has prioritised the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as part of development. This was the outcome of the second Grassroots Caucus Regional Consultation that took place in Lusaka, Zambia on 26-28 July 2005. The participants from Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Congo Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo...

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Mobile Help-line for Women Tops Gender and ICT

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:19 | 3,839 views
Pallitathya, an innovative Mobile Help-Line programme via cell phones for underprivileged women in rural Bangladesh beat thirty other entries from all over the Asia-Pacific to win this year's Gender and Information & Communication Technology (GICT) Awards sponsored by the Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) and the Global Knowledge...

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Politicising ICTs in the Women's Rights Movement - Interview with Lydia Alpízar Durán

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:19 | 3,780 views
Interview with Lydia Alpízar Durán, Feminist Organizational Development Program Coordinator of AWID (Association of Women in Development) on her thoughts about the relationship between ICTs and movement building in women’s human rights, at the Beijing +10 process, 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, New York.

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Latin american women take on the internet

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:18 | 4,083 views
"Information technology obviously will not solve the world's problems. But wisely deployed and developed, it has proven to be a powerful tool for advancing social causes. One of the social groups that has been most dynamic in using this technology innovatively for social progress, is the women's movement; and in many aspects, the South has exerted leadership in this process."

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Connection G – rural women get out of the crops to face the screen

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:18 | 3,681 views
They come from rural areas of the poorest region in Brazil. Until a few months ago, their routine was to wake up before the sun rises, work in the crops, cut sugar cane and work at home at night in household chores. Now, they have a new activity to dedicate themselves: to learn to use a computer and navigate in the Internet. And to speak up.

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ICTs break Sharia compliances in Africa

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:18 | 5,808 views
Information communication technologies (ICTs) have broken sharia compliances as the women farmers in Nigeria learned how to make their own video films and also take still pictures. However african women continue to face tough challenges in their battle to get their voices and concerns heard in development matters, as revealed a case study of women farmers of Kano in Nigeria presented by Salamatu...

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Gender and ICT policies: how do we start this discussion?

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 06:18 | 4,676 views
"Although the women’s movement has adopted ICTs in their work as an important tool, it has given little attention to ICT policies". This and many other issues were discussed in the workshop “Networking for Change and Empowerment: Building a Feminist Agenda for ICT Policies” that APC Women’s Networking Support Programme and APC LAC ICT Policies Monitor organised during the World Social Forum, in...


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

Posted Wed 2 Jun 2010 - 05:38 | 3,925 views
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...