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ICT Skills Training for Women in Rural Communities in Nigeria

Organization Name: Fantsuam Foundation

[Africa - Nigeria]

Fatsuam Foundation

Fantsuam Foundation's overall objective is to promote access to ICT facilities and skills' training among women in rural communities in Nigeria. In partnership with these communities, the Foundation is setting up Community Learning Centres (CLCs), where trainings and access to ICT equipment is provided. The BayanLoco Community Learning Centre has been the most successful among the CLCs and received the first African Hafkin Prize. Part of the monetary award was set aside to provide scholarships to women and girls who enrolled in IT skills training at the Centre.
GEM evaluation was used to find out if the services provided in the CLC contribute to women and girls' empowerment. One of the main questions raised in their evaluation was how the CLC was able to address the biases and fears of women in relation to ICTs.Leer más

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Using ICTs to Promote Women's Human Rights among Youth

Organization Name: Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation

[Central and Eastern Europe - Bulgaria]

Public Internet club full of young boys playing games and browsing the web

Communication for Advocacy Plan was the first project with an ICT component implemented by Bulgaria Research Centre. The idea was to use the website as an effective communication tool with young people, especially boys, in campaigns against violence against women. The project was very successful and got excellent feedback not only form young students themselves, but also from teachers and parents.
However the data that would enable BGRF to measure the real outreach of the website among the teenagers and the public in general were missing, as well as the data on Internet use by different social and age groups in Bulgaria. The project team decided to apply GEM to explore the deeper impact of the campaign. The main goal of their evaluation was to assess the effectiveness and possibility of using a website for campaigning against violence against women among youth, and to evaluate the influence of ICT usage on teenager participation in NGO initiatives. The specific gender goal was to understand how differences in how boys and girls view the project, as well as in their use of ICTs, particularly the Internet.

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Capacity Building of Lithuanian Women through ICT and Networking

Organization Name: Women’s Issues Information Centre

[Central and Eastern Europe - Lithuania]

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Women's illiteracy and lack of opportunities for better education are not issues in Lithuania. However the level of education does not ensure better-paid jobs for Lithuanian women. The project evaluated by Women’s Issues Information Centre (WIIC) aims to improve the economic status of women in five rural and less dynamic areas of Lithuania via application of ICT.
The overall goal of their evaluation was to get feedback from women who attended basic training courses, and to find out if the courses had an impact on their learning as well as in their lives. The evaluation questions formulated by a four-person evaluation team addressed the following ICT and gender issues: did ICTs respond to women's current needs; were women interested in free of charge ICT training sessions; was women’s access to the Internet ensured; how did computer rooms influence the decision to use the computer and the Internet. The WIIC evaluation employed questionnaires for collection of quantitative data and focus-group interviews for finding qualitative information.

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ICT Training by Women, for Women

Organization Name: Asia Pacific Women's Electronic Network Training (WENT)

[Asia/Pacific - Philippines]

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The Asia Pacific Women's Electronic Network Training (WENT) began as an annual regional ICT training workshop in Seoul, Korea in 1999 to train key women’s organisations in the effective use of Internet-based communication tools in exchanging and disseminating information on the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) Review Process in Asia, and to enhance their overall ability to utilise new ICTs for ongoing national development programmes. Since then, WENT has held diverse, specialized regional and national trainings in the Asia-Pacific region.
WENT conducted the GEM evaluation to inform future planning of the training programme. Their evaluation focused on how WENT satisfied the ICT needs of women and their organisations, specifically if it was able to increase the capacity of women information and communication providers in making decisions on using ICT within their organisations. One of the methodologies used in their evaluation was the review of testimonials collected from the applicants of the WENT Award. The WENT Awards were opened to all regional and national WENT graduates, and presented a novel way of gathering qualitative data. The WENT-GEM Framework was used as a guide in designing the Awards.Leer más

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Revitalization of the War-Affected Areas of Croatia Utilising ICT

Organization Name: ZaMirNET

[Central and Eastern Europe - Croatia]

ZaMirNET JOb Search Training

ZaMirNET is a non-governmental organisation that uses ICT to provide and create information relevant for civil society development in Croatia. ZaMirNET evaluated its Job Search Training, which aimed to increase the career planning skills and knowledge of people living in the war-affected areas of Croatia. Because of substandard living conditions and lack of employment opportunities, many people in these areas are reduced to passivity.
ZaMirNET's evaluation aimed to monitor the impact of the course on the increase of participants‘ skills, knowledge and motivation. Special attention was given to gauging the effect of the training on participants' self-confidence. Since ZaMirNET had experienced lower responses from women over 40 in its earlier ICT trainings, the evaluation team decided to measure not only gender, but age-related differences in impact and feedback.Leer más

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Advancing Women’s Rights through Information Distribution

Organization Name: KARAT Coalition

[Central and Eastern Europe - Poland]

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KARAT is a regional coalition of organizations and individuals from 18 countries. The Coalition works to ensure gender equality in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.
Karat Coalition evaluated their electronic news bulletin distributed to members and non-member organizations and individuals throughout CEE and CIS countries. They conducted a questionnaire survey among their audience to gauge how effectively the KARAT News satisfies their readers’ needs. Their evaluation addressed several key gender and ICT issues such as local women‘s organizations access to information and internet, and the contribution of women-focussed information resources to women’s empowerment.Leer más

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Ciberenredadas: Creating Positive Image of Women in Media

Organization Name: AMARC LAC Women´s Programme

[Latin America and Caribbean - Bolivia]

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The AMARC LAC Women´s Programme has around 250 members in Latin America and the Caribbean and reaches with its services several hundred community radio stations in the region. GEM was used to evaluate their e-news service “Ciberenredadas” on women´s issues produced by RED-ADA, from Bolivia. Through Ciberenredadas, AMARC expected to see an increase in gender perspective and women-focussed information in news exchange among the radio producers in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The GEM evaluation explored how this new service contributed in creating awareness on gender issues and gender equity within content production teams for AMARC’s member radio stations in the region.

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Women's Information for Empowerment

Organization Name: Modemmujer

[Latin America and Caribbean - Mexico]

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One of the first women's networks in the region to use email as a strategic dissemination and networking tool was Modemmujer in Mexico. Its mission is to contribute to the empowerment of women and organizations in the feminist movement, focusing on the use of ICT from a gender and social change view.
Modemmujer's evaluation team used GEM to review the gender perspective of their information dissemination activities, as well as the extent to which Modemmujer's work contributes to women's empowerment, and responds to the present needs of the women's movement in the region. They also wanted to see how their electronic lists encouraged the subscribers to use ICT tools in order to promote women’s rights. GEM results have helped them to reaffirm strategies and develop new possibilities for improving their work.Leer más

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Bringing ICTs to Philippine’s Remote Areas

Organization Name: Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)

[Asia/Pacific - Philippines]

MCT Volunteers

The Multi-purpose Community Telecentres (MCTs) project was initiated by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, a government agency of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST).Leer más

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Gender Sensitisation in Community Telecentres

Organization Name: Association for Interdisciplinary Work (ATI)

[Latin America and Caribbean - Colombia]

ATI -SocioDrama

The Association for Interdisciplinary Work (ATI, in Spanish) with the support of Colnodo works in the local telecentres in remote areas of Bogota with the aim of democratising access to new communication technologies and involving the community in the development of tools and contents according to their information needs and interests.
GEM was applied for gender sensitization of local women's groups on the gender and ICT issues and for incorporating a gender perspective into the planning and delivery of ICT training in two local communities.

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