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By Carlyn Hambuba

According to this paper, published in the Southern African Gender and Media Diversity Journal, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are an effective instrument for increasing choices for women, for multifaceted empowerment. According to the paper, ICTs are enabling mechanisms for achieving specific goals. ICTs can be mechanisms for expanding knowledge and access to information among different cohorts of women, especially rural women, and can enhance their abilities to negotiate for their resource share and participation. However, despite the "revolutionary progress" made in Africa in the ICT sector, ICT accessibility for women in Africa is still a big challenge.

source: The Soul Beat Issue 152; http://www.comminit.com/en/node/316146/38

MDG3: Strengthening Women's Strategic Use of ICTs to Combat Violence against Women and Girls - Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Congo, Congo (DRC), Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Uganda

 Launched in January 2009 by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), this 2.5-year project explores the relationship between the growth in use of ICTs and the preservation and expansion of women's rights - in particular, the right of women and girls to live lives free from violence. The ultimate goal is to help create a global community of women and adolescent girls who are critically taking up ICT tools and using them to combat violence.
Contact Erika Smith Erika@apcwomen.org

Bridging the Gender Divide: How Technology Can Advance Women Economically

By Kirrin Gill, Kim Brooks, Janna McDougall, Payal Patel, and Aslihan Kes
This 2010 International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) document analyses the process of enabling women to increase their resources and economic opportunities and strengthen their ability to compete in market economies through technology. It offers recommendations on how to improve the way technologies are developed and deployed so that they benefit women and enable them to be more successful economic actors.

ICT as a Tool for Empowerment in Uganda

By Rikke Frank Joergensen
This paper investigates the role of ICTs for women's empowerment in Uganda. The case studies within it were identified through the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), a network of women's organisations who have been active in using and promoting ICT as a tool for women's empowerment since 2000. According to the report, the women involved in the study apply a broad understanding of ICT as covering various means of information collection, exchange, and distribution, including both conventional and new media. Different media platforms are used in a complementary manner and suggest a landscape of media diffusion rather than media convergence. http://www.comminit.com/en/node/312700/38

Global Girl Media (GGM) - Global

Global Girl Media (GGM) is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to nurture the voice and visions of girls and young women in under-served communities and developing nations, training them as citizen broadcast journalists to speak out about the issues that affect them most. GGM uses ICT to empower girls who have been unable to take part in the new media revolution. The organisation empowers girls to create media about themselves and communicate about the issues that affect them most by linking them with seasoned filmmakers, by providing media training and equipment, and by showcasing girl-created content in a news and information web network. Contact Amie Williams amieswill@gmail.com
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