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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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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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Teleworking in Malaysia

Organization Name: Mothers for Mothers (M4M)

[Asia/Pacific - Malaysia]

M4M WORK@HOME

Mothers for Mothers (M4M), formed 1998, is a network of mothers involved in women’s networking activities to promote the concept of working from home. The network believes that through ICT, women can earn an income without having to leave their homes and sacrificing their responsibilities to their families. Their evaluation aimed to understand the problems faced by women and men teleworkers,and look into how ICT can help improve lifestyles in order to enable women to cope with their multiple roles (the triple roles of women manifested in child care, housework and income-earner). M4M’s evaluation team used a combination of methodologies including home visits, focus group discussions and a questionnaire survey. M4M will use evaluation results to guide the M4M national campaign promoting telework for women to the Malaysian government and corporations as well as a basis for further project development and fundraising.Read more

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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]

SEF Logo

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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Together for our Future: Gender Sensitive Communication for Community Initiatives

Organization Name: Chasquinet and Colinas del Norte

[Latin America and Caribbean - Ecuador]

Facilitation Team

Chasquinet used GEM to support planning and evaluation of a unique participatory community telecentre initiative in Colinas del Norte, located in the mountains that surround Quito, 3,100 mts high, and considered a "model community" by municipal authorities. Communication is one of the areas where the community has decided to focus their work. In order to do so, a group of young people were appointed to be responsible for this task. However teen-aged women’s participation in this project is not as active or as desired mainly because of cultural prejudices.
GEM provided a framework for analysis of the community communication strategies, and how to incorporate a gender perspective in it. Through the GEM evaluation process, several gender sensitisation workshops were conducted in the community. One of Chasquinet's evaluation outputs is a manual for working at telecentres and popular communications projects using GEM.

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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]

WIIC Logo

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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