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Can technology transform women's reality?

Photo by Rotmi Enciso

Photo by Rotmi Enciso

How are girls in the Congo using SMS to stop teacher abuse?  Do Simputers in rural women´s hands empower or generate e-waste?

The GenderIT.org´s special CSW edition brings the latest recommendations on technology and education direct from women and girls on the ground read.

Chat Garcia Ramilo, the manager of the APC Women's Programme and is a specialist in gender, women's rights and information and communication technology, argues in her editorial introducing this edition of GenderIT.org that science and technology continue to be incredibly gender-biased and calls on decision-makers to pay attention to initiatives on the ground. "I think delegates need to set their sights on early adopters of technology who are trying to make a difference in women and girls’ lives on the ground.  These early adopters need support to reach a tipping point to attract more and more users until it overwhelms late adopters and resisters. This is the natural flow of innovation."

Featured articles:
Technologies for transformation : combatting violence against women in the Congo
The work of the APC WNSP with organisations in the Congo provides invaluable real life experiences that can be useful in discussions at international forums like the upcoming 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) whose theme this year is women, technology and education, writes Selina L Mudavanhu. She examines projects that are part of the MDG3 Take Back the Tech! small grants programme in the Congo.

The Gender Evaluation Methodology: Helping assess the gender impact of development work
"How exactly can GEM influence the discourse at the CSW, I think it is really to challenge the notion of development, or at least how governments understand it." The APC's Angela Kuga Thas speaks with GenderIT.org editor about the Gender Evaluation Methodology, what it is and the value it adds to grassroots work on gender and ICTs.

Science and technology in Latin America: women breaking the glass ceiling
Latin American women are attaining good levels of education and training for the labour market, including knowledge of ICTs, but APC WNSP regional coordinator, Dafne Sabanes Plou acknowledges that digital inclusion as a factor in economic progress is just beginning to appear on the regional horizon and that gender equity is still sidelined from ICT policy discussions. She speaks to GenderIT.org Spanish editor Flavia Fascendini about the progress women are making in science and technology in Latin America.

Poverty and culture: Key barriers to education and training of women and girls in Cambodia
In this article, the director of End Child Prostitution, Abuse and Trafficking (ECPAT) Cambodia, Chanveasna Chin, speaks with GenderIT.org English editor Sonia Randhawa about the challenges facing women and girls in accessing education and training, particularly in technology.

EroTICs: Sexuality and technology
Jac SM Kee and Sonia Randhawa explores the links between sexuality and the theme of this year's Commission on the Status of Women meeting, "Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal access to full employment and decent work".

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Importance of ICTs in women's Activities

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Janet C. Achora

Friday, 11th March, 2011

I agree with Christine that Technology plays a vital role in business, farming, Education name it. Besides cutting down on the time needed to do an activity, Teachers in schools should be enabled and equipped to transfer this technological skills to the younger generation. Janet

Value of ICTs for rural women

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Katerina F.

Friday, 11th March, 2011

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Dear Christine and Janet,

thank you very much for your interesting inputs on transforming effect of ICTs for women. So truth about the value of ICTs and importance of ICTs skills for rural women and their empowerment, however very often they deal with the issue of lack of infrastructure and lack of time to participate in ICT training and use. In 2002, my home organization, the APC (www.apc.org), has developed the Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants fund that aims to assist overcome some of these constraints and challenges encountered by rural women particularly. You can be interested to listen to some of the stories of this project participants how their lives are changing thanks to access to technologies http://genardis.apcwomen.org/en/node/146

Katerina F.

Infrastructure!!!

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Agnes Adjabeng

Friday, 11th March, 2011

Thx Katerina.

Reference to infrastructure. I think there  are  less highly sophisticated tools that can be used to reach the rural areas. For einstance the application of the Video Bloggerl to capture real life situations/stories -about women/girls and children. This information/content can be made available on CD-ROM and can be made accessible to the women using a simple Personal Computer that is run by a generator.  

Agnes

Importance of ICTs in women's Activities

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Agnes Adjabeng

Friday, 11th March, 2011

The importance of ICTs in women's activities  and Life  cannot be overemphasised.  What is more than empowering the women in all spheres of  human endeavour.  As they engage themselves in social networks  this will enhance and promote aspects of  networking,  collaboration,  sharing and exchange of ideas. This will enhance awareness creation and access to information  on certain cultural (negative ) practices that have plagued our dear and less endowered women.

Hi Agnes, i absolutely agree

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Katerina F.

Friday, 11th March, 2011

Hi Agnes,

i absolutely agree with you about importance of social network for women's empowerment. we try to employ social networkings and collaboration to end violence against women. Check out our campaign Take Back The Tech! (www.takebackthetech.net) that calls on all ICT users – especially women and girls – to take control of technology and strategically use any ICT platform at hand (mobile phones, instant messengers, blogs, websites, digital cameras, email, podcasts and more) for activism against gender-based violence. I have also find fascinating this presentation from one of our partners on their approach to technology in addressing violence in post-conflict situation
http://www.genderit.org/r... (alternatively you can use this link )

Best,
Katerina

IMPORTANT OF ICT IN WOMEN' S ACTIVITIES

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Christine Kafulo

Friday, 11th March, 2011

Technology plays a vital role in the lives of women if only they possess the skills of ICT, for exmple women who are in business can carryout their transanctions through the use of Paypal systems where they can order for any services they deal with online, for those women who are farmers, they cn use ICT to market their products to their fellow women who are in other countries. ICT is very cardinal in teaching and learning where female teachers can have discussions online with other teachers who may be very far away from, this can either through the use of facebooks, skype, youtube etc in exchanging ideas that will improve their teaching.

Thanks for now.


Christine