The Voice of Women in Reporting

When using ICTs strategically, it is important to use them directly, strategically, and internally. More specifically, the article, ICT Enabled Development Plan 2010, states the vital factors for planning strategic uses of ICT. When reading the article, context analysis stood out as central to establishing successful ICT projects. Context analysis helps to establish “what is possible and affordable in current policy and market conditions, and highlight inequities or potential policy advocacy issues. Analysis of local information and communication contexts by community members, local organisations and government stakeholders should be a routine part of community consultations for strategic planning processes” (ICT Enabled Development PLan 2010, p. 13). Secondly, it is also important to report on stakeholders and key providers of skills and expertise. Nevertheless, ICT development work should also be reported on from within the targeted community in order to understand what it exactly is needed and how such needs can be met.

The Women’s Net and The Media & Diversity Agency presented a meeting named “The Johannesburg Agreement.” This meeting, and their ongoing project, is an example of thorough context analysis that successfully meets specific needs. Within the meeting, a series of workshops are performed to train “women journalists from community media (radio and television) in the practice of online and mobile citizen journalism in the wake of the COP17 conference and the Climate Change phenomena” ( Here, women are trained to act as community journalists, empowered to generate information that is apart from main stream media. The conference focuses on strengthening the importance of citizen journalism on climate change, therefore locating exact needs and successfully meeting such needs.

Participants will be trained on how their voices can be heard throughout the world, allowing for ICT development to be reported on within their own community from their own citizens.


One response to “The Voice of Women in Reporting

  • jessalynkunz

    I definitely agree with you that context analysis is one of the most important factors in creating a successful project. Without a preliminary look at your location and population that you will be trying to help, you cannot truly know their needs and the best ways to address them. The example you give about the Johannesburg Agreement is a cool example of this in practice. This is a great way to make context analysis analysis sustainable by getting local women to spear head it. It is also always great to hear about new ways that ICT is helping to promote gender equality and getting them into the field of journalism is a big step.

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