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Women Mayors’ Link: Using ICTs to Mainstream Gender in Local Governance

Organization Name: Equal Opportunities for Women Foundation

[Central and Eastern Europe - Romania]

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Women mayors are often elected in small impoverished rural localities where men are not interested in taking responsibility for poorly paid and hopeless positions.
Women Mayors' Link is a networking initiative among women mayors in Romania, at the local community level as well as nationally in the 11 countries of the Stability Pact coordinated by Sanse Egale pentru Femei/Equal Opportunities for Women (SEF) Foundation. Women Mayors’ Link aims to foster cooperation between women mayors and local governments and local women's networks in preparing small projects to improve the quality of life of women and children in local communities.
The main objectives of the WML and GEM evaluation were to evaluate how and to what extent ICT tools influenced the networking process at the national, regional and international levels; and the building of partnerships to foster mainstreaming of gender in local governance.Read more

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Fifth Women: Raising Awareness about Violence Against Women in Slovakia

Organization Name: Initiative Fifth Women

[Central and Eastern Europe - Slovakia]

OĽGA Pietruchová (second from right) launches the Fifth Woman campaign

Fifth Woman was the first nationwide campaign on violence against women (VAW) in Slovakia, and has had a profound impact on public opinion. The campaign was launched by seven local women's organizations with an active history of working in this arena.
Since the impact of the campaign was already evaluated, they focused their GEM evaluation on two particular issues: on the use of ICTs in the Campaign itself and gender differences in the resulting discussions about the issue of violence against women. To find out about gender differences in the feedback about the campaign and on the issue of VAW, they did content analysis of comments given in the online discussion on the Fifth Women campaign website (www.stopnasiliu.sk), and on the articles about the campaign published on the Internet.
The evaluation findings provide very useful information for organisers of the VAW campaigns, as well as for all activities involving communication about the issue of VAW with the public.Read more

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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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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.Read more

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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.Read more

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