Yesterday’s guest speaker got us all thinking about the different kinds of obstacles faced by younger women in the developing world. Young women have the potential to truly impact their communities in the long run provided they are given access to the appropriate tools. Information and Communication Technology can be used in unique ways by and for women to help them become more participatory members of their communities, to help them overcome gender-barriers, and be more able to take care of their families. However, policymakers and implementers must proceed with caution. As with all development projects, the framework and goals of the project must be aligned with the needs of the stakeholders. Policy discussion and implementation methods are vital to the success of a project. While researching ICT4D and women, I came acrossgenderITorg. This blog-style website was developed by theAssociation for Progressive Communications Women’s Rights Programme. According to the site its aims are:

*To develop an information resource/knowledge sharing site for gender and ICT advocates, civil society organizations and policy makers that wish to be active in gender and ICT policy.
* To raise awareness among civil society organisations, specifically in women’s movements, regarding gender and ICT policy issues.
* To empower women’s organisations and networks in collaboration with other civil society actors to take action on ICT policy issues and develop ICT policy that meets their needs. To encourage them to lobby for an information society that builds social justice and human rights, at the national, regional and global level.

It classifies, interprets, monitors, and analyzes the ICT policies of countries in Latin AmericaAsia-PacificCentral Eastern Europe, andAfrica. Users can find information by country, policy issue, or specific organization (most of the content is available in English and Spanish). The site also has a glossary of terms frequently used in ICT and gender discussions. While the site isn’t as flashy or smartly-arranged as some of the other development websites we’ve seen- the amount of information is staggering. Furthermore, the site allows for interaction between users to discuss policies and project ideas.

See their twitter feed here!



  • veggiemunster

    I wonder if the WRP was developed in Great Britain from how they spell “organisations”. I went through the GenderITsite, and it is frustratingly set up—the top tabs are even layered over each other so you cannot even read them and when you click on pages there is no margin, so the words fall against the edge of the page. Its showing a horrible front for a website that wants to develop ICT policy—the basics of which is all about image: if the public cannot easily manipulate your website, they will not think well of you. Under the “Who’s Who in Policy” tab, I decided to search my country, Zimbabwe, and there was no content to display, so I broadened my search to Southern Africa, and only links from the Republic of South Africa showed up. If all the GenderIT site is going to link me to is the government policies on Communication, and not even highlight or talk about the parts relating to women, then I’m not impressed. Maybe someone else can find something I didn’t on this site that actually monitors and analyzes?

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