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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.Read more

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Advancing Women’s Rights through Information Distribution

Organization Name: KARAT Coalition

[Central and Eastern Europe - Poland]

KARAT Coalition Logo

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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Ciberenredadas: Creating Positive Image of Women in Media

Organization Name: AMARC LAC Women´s Programme

[Latin America and Caribbean - Bolivia]

AMARC-ALC  Micro

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]

Modemujer-logo

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.Read more

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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).Read more

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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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ICTs as Tools For Rural Women's Empowerment

Organization Name: Isis-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE)

[Africa - Uganda]

ISIS-WICCE Logo

In 1993, Isis-WICCE relocated to Africa from Europe with an objective of developing relevant, efficient and effective mechanisms of generating and disseminating information about women in Africa, in order to make their issues visible to the global debates and agenda. In response to the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action calling for combating negative portrayals of women, ISIS-WICCE set up rural women’s information units in three districts in Uganda (Mubende, Iganga and Luweero).
One of them, the Mubende Rural Women’s Information Unit, was selected to be evaluated with GEM. The Information Units were set up as the central place for women to meet and acquire skills in generating, processing and disseminating information of concern to women’s issues. The Mubende Unit utilizes both old and new information and communication technologies, which include drama, radio, tape recorders, mobile telephones, television, photocopier, computer and video. In their evaluation ISIS WICCE aimed to document how women leaders are using different type of ICTs, identify areas for improvements, and find out how ICTs contribute to women's empowerment.Read more

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Identification of Equity Issues in ICT Educational Programme Planning

Organization Name: Popular Radio Schools Foundation

[Latin America and Caribbean - Ecuador]

ERPE- local women experimenting with the taperecorder

Fundación ERPE (The Popular Radio Schools Foundation) was created in the early 1960’s in Riobamba (Ecuador) by a local Catholic bishop, Mons Leonidas Proaño, who was a reknowned human rights activist and who struggled for the rights of indigenous people in Ecuador. He believed in communications as essential for development and social change.
The Foundation is currently planning to launch a new ICT programme for education and development by installing telecentres in rural schools, community centres and in organisations run by the people.
They decided to use GEM as a tool for gender sensitisation and pre-diagnosis of the equity issues related to the Educational Telecentres Project and other communications work produced by ERPE. Their evaluation explored issues such as equity in the participation of women and men in ICT projects, decision-making and implementation, taking into account race, language and age.Read more

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ICTs as Tools for Addressing Gender Issues by Women and Women's Organisations in Uganda

Organization Name: WOUGNET - Women of Uganda Network

[Africa - Uganda]

WOUGNET WorldSpace Satellite Radio Program

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) is a non-governmental organisation established in May 2000 by several women's organisations in Uganda to develop women's use of ICT tools for information sharing and to collectively address issues. WOUGNET's emphasis is directed towards email and the web, and how these technologies can be integrated with the traditional means of information exchange and dissemination for maximum outreach.
WOUGNET used GEM to evaluate its website and mailing lists. Specifically, they assessed the relevance of distributed information and the effectiveness of their information services. The GEM evaluation assisted them in identifying information needs of their constituency, and to draw attention to the challenges women and their organisations in Uganda face in making full use of the Internet.Read more

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Developing Software in an Equal and Collaborative Environment

Organization Name: Community Communications Online (c2o)

[Asia/Pacific - Australia]

Community Communications Online (c2o) is an Australian-based applications service provider that targets local activist and civil society groups. One of the main services they provide is a web content management tool called Web Origami Kit (WOK), which allows for collaborative web-based multimedia projects. c2o tested and implemented an evaluation plan based on GEM on a project called D3, a prototype interactive story-telling engine that runs through the Melbourne Central Business District, gathering images and stories. D3 is currently being managed by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, with c2o providing creative and technical support for the project.
GEM was not utilized to specifically address the experience of women in using the WOK, but as a holistic ICT evaluation methodology. c2o were particularly looking into how gender, race and age affected the formal and informal roles the various project team members played for the duration of the development of the project.Read more

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