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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]

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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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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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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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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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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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