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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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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.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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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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