Nothing is as important today in the political economy of development as an adequate recognition of the political, economic and social participation and leadership of women (Sen, 1999)
When ICTs are applied to social change and development, a gender perspective is often missed. But ICTs can have a huge impact on women’s life, both in a positive and a negative way. Internet forums and radio stations, for example, scale up and empower the presence of networks to fight discriminatory practices and violence against women; e-commerce systems shape the ability of business -women to access new markets and raise salaries; girls can achieve higher education by e-learning platforms and, in some cases, women are acknowledged a leadership role thanks to blogging activities. At the same time, global access to ICTs is not balanced, if we consider that women are still 21% less likely to own a mobile phone than men. Moreover, some claim that the so-called “technology revolution” has brought new types of gender-based violence, including online discrimination, cyberbullying, cyberstalking, blackmail, and hate speech.
Given the current situation, how can NGOs, international organizations, local associations, civil society and even governments use ICTs to boost women’s empowerment in their own communities?
Guided by some female experts, in this webinar we will try to answer this question to discover how ICTs can positively affect women’s life and, consequently, improve societies at large. We will start from a theoretical point of view, analysing pro and cons, challenges and good practices to finally set up a toolkit. Case-studies and stories from Zambia, Burundi and Middle East will provide concrete examples and contextualize the link between gender equality and technology empowerment.
How to participate?
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During the event you will see the speaker’s slideshow presentations in real-time and you will be able to ask questions and participate as you were attending a normal public meeting.
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Developed under the Ong 2.0 AID 10111 framework, thanks to the support of the following organizations: Foreign Affair Minister, CISV, ACCRI, ADP, CELIM, COPE, EsseGiElle, LVIA, OVCI. Please note that any views or opinions presented in this website are solely those of the promoters and do not necessarily represent those of the Foreign Affair Minister.
The webinar has been organized in partnership with the Italian NGO CCM – Comitato Collaborazione Medica in the framework of the project “Projet pilote de décentralisation des services de prise en charge des violences sexuelles dans 3 provinces du Burundi” DCI-Santé/2011/275-783 financially supported by the European Union. Please note that any views or opinions presented in this activity are solely those of the promoters and do not necessarily represent those of the European Union.
April 9, 2015
6 pm – 7:30 pm CET
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Lecturer in Computing Science at Milan Polytechnic. She is a founding member and president of the PONTES association of Tunisians in Italy, and writes for various publications both in Italy and Tunisia on the issues of immigration and the Arab Spring. She is co-author of La rivolta dei dittatoriati (2013).
She is an international gender, research and facilitation consultant living in the Western Cape, South Africa. Having been one of the pioneers of women’s studies in the seventies in Europe, she currently leads the GRACE Network involving 28 research teams in 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East.
She is a Zambian independent ICT journalist and a leader of a media company called the African New Media Group specialised in delivering Web 2.0 services to it clients and also offers media consultancy. She has interests in reporting on Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), science, agriculture, gender and social issues. You can find her blog here.
She is an Italian freelance journalist at foreign desk of Corriere della Sera, the second most read daily in Italy. Author of the book Storia di Malala (Mondadori Ragazzi, 2013). She has lived and worked in Turin, Catania, New York, Cairo and Milan.
She works in the field of communication for development. She managed some in-field projects on gender based violence response and prevention in Benin and on gender mainstreaming in Burundi. She has a special interest on ICT4Dev and she has recently collaborated with CCM NGO and ISV-Centre Seruka for the implementation of a crowd-sourced mapping tool focused on gender based violence and a SMS-alert system in Burundi.