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Women/Gender and ICTs:



Part of the Association for Progressive Communications, the APC Women's Networking Support Programme is a global network of women who support women networking for social change and women's empowerment, through the use of ICTs.  Their mission is to promote gender equity in the design, development, implementation, and use of information and communication technologies – with special focus on inequities based on women's social or ethnic background – through the provision of research, training, information, and support activities in the field of ICT policy, skills-sharing in the access and use of ICT, and women's network-building.



The APC group have recently developed GenderIT.org to broaden awareness of gender and ICTs and to offer a practical tool for ICT advocates, especially women's organisations and movements to ensure that ICT policy meets their needs and does not infringe on their rights.  As a clearing-house for all resources, papers, and articles on gender and ICT policy issues, GenderIT.org helps gender and ICT advocates keep informed on pressing ICT policy issues and frameworks being planned nationally, regionally and globally.



The WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) Gender Caucus is a multi-stakeholder group consisting of women and men from national governments, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and the United Nations system. The strategic objective of the WSIS-Gender Caucus is to ensure that gender equality and women's rights are integrated into WSIS and its outcome processes. The site provides access to resources under headings such as APC News, Gender Equality Headlines, Gender and Development; Gender and History and ICT for Development.



A home page for World Bank materials on gender and ICTs.  In particular, provides a link to the Engendering ICT Toolkit: a practical guide to ways to realise gender equality through use of ICTs, including checklists, evaluation tools, examples of good practice, case studies and other resources.  This page includes other links such as presentation materials from a seminar on gender and ICTs.


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GEM is a free, downloadable and on-line guide for conducting gender evaluations of initiatives that use ICTs for social change.: The guide provides users with an overview of the evaluation process, explores gender and ICT issues, and outlines suggested strategies and methodologies for incorporating a gender analysis throughout the evaluation process.



Access to papers presented at the CTA conference on Gender and Agriculture in the Information Society, held in The Netherlands in September 2002.



This is the web site of the Widening Women's Work in Information and Communication Technology EU research project. This European project (Information Society Technologies, 5th Framework Programme) hinges on the development of an integrated approach to the different aspects of gender disparity in the ICT professions. It combines explanatory factors linked to education and training, with the conditions of work and employment, and with the technical and professional culture of ICT. Research teams in seven countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and United Kingdom) have carried out in-depth empirical studies. They suggest targeted recommendations for agents of change in this area. Reports and leaflets are available in English, French, Italian and German.



This section of the itrainonline site – which is aimed at both trainers and end users – offers links to resources specifically targeted at women.  The resources are divided into the following categories: General women- and gender-related training resources; and Women-focussed ICTs resources grouped by topic.



Site of the US University of Maryland's Center for Women & Information Technology.  Includes a series of women & ICTs resources – global events calender, email lists, bibliographies, online articles.  Some elements are US-oriented.



The Webgrrls site is quite US-oriented but aims to be international and to provide "a forum for women in or interested in new media and technology to network, exchange job and business leads, form strategic alliances, mentor and teach, intern and learn the skills to help women succeed in an increasingly technical workplace and world."



The Women in Technology project for the Middle East and North Africa.  Provides IT-related training and capacity building for organisations serving women in the region.



Women and Enterprise:



This site bills itself as the only local (Malaysian based) portal that promotes the concept of working from home by providing resources and a platform for homemakers and homeworkers to teletrade and tele-exchange. Its mission includes: building an e-community of IT-savvy homemakers; providing a learning platform for homemakers to become teleworkers; encouraging homemakers, especially the disadvantaged, to generate income through home-based activities and networking homemakers, homeworkers and homepreneurs. It is clearly targeted at women.



In developing countries most microenterprises are owned and operated by women. In developed countries in addition to an increasing number of women business managers, more and more women are starting their own business and becoming women entrepreneurs. This page lists and rates internet resources related to women and business, women in business.



This is the part of the International Labour Organisation's web site that focuses on Women's Entrepreneurship Development and Gender Equity.  Details are available of ILO's work on developing the knowledge base, developing innovative support services and products, promoting advocacy, developing strategic partnerships and measuring impact. Many reports and resource guides are available and there are links to further sources of information.


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This is the Women's Entrepreneurship Portal set up by the European Commission to promote women's entrepreneurship. It contains details of and links to national and European organisations of women entrepreneurs, networks promoting women's entrepreneurship, projects promoting women entrepreneurs and female entrepreneurship and events related to women entrepreneurship.



The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) is a non-profit professional organization designed to promote women doing business in international trade by providing networking and educational opportunities. Members include women and men doing business in all facets of international trade including finance, public relations, government, freight forwarding, international law, agriculture, sales and marketing, import/export, logistics, and transportation.



WorldWIT (Women. Insights. Technology) is a major global online and offline network for women in business and technology.  Based in Boulder, Colorado, it provides resources to support the advancement of women at the intersection of work and life.  Daily, interactive dialogue is intended to help women get support in their careers, with business issues, on financial matters, with technology, and with a wide range of general "life" needs from attorneys to chiropractors to childbirth techniques.  Membership is free.



ICTs and Enterprise:



eCommunityLink is a not-for-profit voluntary network whose goal is to support economic and social entrepreneurs pursuing innovative businesses and social enterprises in developing countries that provide connectivity to local communities, support local content creation, and utilise ICT for socially valuable purposes, such as education, health, governance, gender equality, rural development, environmental management; and that create income-generating activities in poor communities.



Toolkit that "aims to assist and provide guidance for those wanting to explore setting up an ICT-enterprise in developing countries." via stories, lessons and checklists.



ICTs and Development:



Bridges.org is an international non-profit organisation that promotes the effective use of ICTs in the developing world to reduce poverty and improve people's lives. It aims to tackle the obstacles to effective ICT use throughout society and work with initiatives focused on socio-economic development to help people use ICT to make a real impact.



The Development Gateway's ICT for Development page promotes the sharing of information on how information and communication technologies can be harnessed as an effective tool for addressing socioeconomic development needs.  Its primary focus is the dissemination of lessons learnt and successful practices for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.  It provides a collection of knowledge resources to help decision makers and ICT professionals to: identify individuals and organisations working in this area at national, regional and international levels; become aware of the current needs of the developing world in the area of information and communication technologies; draw from the experiences of completed and ongoing initiatives; and identify opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.



Digital Opportunity Channel is a joint endeavour of OneWorld and the Digital Divide Network.  By joining hands, the two organisations seek to bring in a global perspective to the discussion over ICTs and the digital divide.  While access to ICT is increasing, so is the imbalance between resources for the rich and the poor, between the powerful and the marginalised.  The challenge is to bridge this widening gap and ensure equal opportunities for all. Digital Opportunity Channel is a tool to meet that challenge. See especially the Digital Opportunity Channel's section on gender.



The Acacia Initiative: Communities and the Information Society in Africa Program Initiative is an international programme to empower sub-Saharan communities with the ability to apply ICTs to their own social and economic development.  This initiative is designed as an integrated programme of research and development and demonstration projects to address issues of applications, technology, infrastructure, policy, and governance.  Conceived and led by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Acacia supports Canada's contribution to the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) which was endorsed by African governments as an action framework to build Africa's information and communication infrastructure.



The aim of the ELDIS resource guides is to bring together information from their databases and to present it for quick access.  Each of the guides is overseen by an editor or editorial team.  This is the ICT resource guide, providing access to many online documents, a latest news section, a weblog, a newsfeed, access to key ICT websites, latest email newsletters and more…



Gender and Development:



The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) was set up in 1988 to share information, experiences, ideas and strategies among African women's non-governmental organisations (NGOs) through communications, networking, training and advocacy so as to advance women's development, equality and other women's human rights in Africa. It also aims to provide an infrastructure for and a channel through which these NGOs can reach one another and share information, experiences and strategies to as to improve their input into women's development, equality and other women's human rights in Africa.



Isis is a feminist NGO dedicated to women's information and communication needs. Documenting ideas and visions. Creating channels to communicate. Collecting and moving information. Networking and building links. They focus on those advancing women's rights, leadership and empowerment in Asia and the Pacific. With connections in over 150 countries, they also keep up with changing trends and analyses concerning women worldwide. Starting in Rome, Italy, and Geneva, Switzerland, today Isis International has three independent offices in Asia (Manila, Philippines), Africa (Kampala, Uganda) and Latin America (Santiago, Chile), reflecting a commitment towards South-South cooperation and South-North linkages.



Siyanda aims to be an ever growing resource to support practitioners in implementing gender programmes and in mainstreaming gender equality concerns, whether they are gender specialists or not. Their main objectives are: presenting short summaries of on-line work; enabling users to download full-length materials quickly and easily, free of charge; facilitating a culture of sharing information and materials on gender and development among people working in this field and working with partner organisations across the world to build an online space that reflects their interests and needs and that connects them with like-minded colleagues.



WEDO is an international organisation that advocates for women's equality in global policy.  It seeks to empower women as decision makers to achieve economic, social and gender justice, a healthy, peaceful planet and human rights for all.  WEDO defines its goals as: advancing women's equality in decision making by pushing for a gender-balance at local, national and global levels; challenging the current economic system and promoting a model that seeks to achieve human rights, economic and social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication; promoting multilateralism and international cooperation to advance peace, human rights, and human security.  In order to achieve these goals, WEDO undertakes advocacy in key global forums such as the UN, supports the efforts of women's organisations worldwide, and engages US women on foreign policy.


The "Women's ICT-Based Enterprise for Development" project is coordinated by the University of Manchester's Institute for Development Policy and Management.  The project is funded by the UK Department for International Development's Knowledge and Research programme.



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