[gender-it] FW: GenderIT.org Press Release **DISSEMINATE WIDELY** (English and Spanish)

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  • Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 09:43:00 +0800

Apologies for cross posting.  It would be really great if you could help =
us disseminate this announcement and call for feedback and contributions =
to your networks. Thanks!


Dear colleagues and friends,

The APC Women's Networking Support Programme is proud to announce the =
launch of our new Gender and ICT Policy Monitor, GenderIT.org.

GenderIT.org is a practical tool for women's organisations and =
policy-makers so that ICT policy meets women needs and does not infringe =
on their rights. We hope that GenderIT.org will help to promote the need =
for gender advocacy in ICT policy as well as the "how to" of pushing for =
policy change.  As a clearing house on gender and ICT policy issues, =
GenderIT.org is an open platform for ANY gender and ICT advocate to =
publish her/his resources and papers, and to register in the 'Who's who =
in policy' directory of key actors.

***We are looking forward to your FEEDBACK, and CONTRIBUTIONS at

Please help us to circulate the attached press release as widely as =

Katerina Fialova, Gender and ICT Policy Monitor coordinator

**Apologies for cross-postings**

PRESS RELEASE, April 11 2005:

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Gender and technology activists, the APC =
WNSP,have launched GenderIT.org, a new information and communications =
technology (ICT) policy portal for women and policy-makers.

ICT policy is not just about legislation of infrastructure and =
operators. Good ICT policy can promote economic empowerment.  It can =
counter the negative uses of ICTs, such as trafficking of women. =
GenderIT.org promotes the need for gender advocacy in ICT policy as well =
as the "how to" of pushing for policy change.

With the growth of infrastructure and access, ICTs are beginning to =
permeate even the most isolated regions.  Access or lack of access to a =
medium that in some places has become a principal means of expression, =
economic survival, and decision-making is vital for women. Kofi Annan, =
Secretary General of the United Nations, has observed that: "There is no =
tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women." =
However, the gender implications of ICT policy are seldom taken into =

The Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking =
Support Programme (APC WNSP) developed GenderIT.org to broaden awareness =
of gender and ICTs and to offer a practical tool for ICT advocates, =
especially women's organisations and movements to ensure that ICT policy =
meets their needs and does not infringe on their rights.

"ICTs can assist in bringing food to the table or in promoting a =
reproductive rights agenda," says Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng of the =
ISIS-Women's International Cross-Cultural Exchange in Uganda and a =
member of the APC WNSP's worldwide network.

What does GenderIT.org feature?

The issues: GenderIT.org spell outs technology policy issues and =
implications so that women's activists can clearly see the links to =
their work in the defence of women's human rights.

Worldwide perspective: GenderIT.org offers special focus on Africa, =
Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America.  Regular news =
features come from GenderIT.org's policy-writers living in those =

Events and Who's who in policy?: GenderIT.org presents the main actors =
and arenas for ICT policy from the global level right down to the =
national scene.

Resources and articles: GenderIT.org links local to global, to ensure =
that activists at home can take advantage of advances in international =
policy instruments and processes.  It highlights local and regional ICT =
policy examples and implications.

Policy-makers' section: GenderIT.org provides orientation for policy =
makers too on how to draft gender-sensitive national ICT plans.

Anti-jargon: GenderIT.org demystifies ICT policy and technical language.

As a clearing-house for all resources, papers, and articles on gender =
and ICT policy issues, GenderIT.org helps gender and ICT advocates keep =
informed on pressing ICT policy issues and frameworks being planned =
nationally, regionally and globally.

Who's using GenderIT.org?

GenderIT.org is an open platform for ANY gender and ICT advocate to =
publish her/his work.  It brings together diverse actors to build =
partnerships and alliances.

"The Monitor project is a critical and unique tool to build our =
technological literacy so that staff and partners have easy access to =
resources that help us to understand the issues related to access, =
content and policy," comments Deputy Director Joanne Sandler at the =
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).  "This is important =
for ongoing work to support women's rights organising and particularly =
timely in the lead up to the World Summit on the Information Society, =
where we need to secure a clear and unswerving commitment to =
incorporating women's interests and perspectives in ICT policy-making."

"Engendering policy is a hard-enough task.  The ICT-gender combination =
makes advocacy in developing countries that much harder.  You need to =
address multiple audiences and tailor communication to specific =
audiences.  The APC WNSP GenderIT site is a wonderful resource that =
addresses these needs and provides ammunition to gender advocates like =
me," says Anita Gurumurthy, Director of Advocacy at ITforChange.net =
based in Bangalore, India.

The creators of GenderIT.org hope that the portal will encourage more =
women to become part of the ICT policy processes worldwide.  "Our =
participation in gender and ICT policy is critical because we need =
policies to enable every individual's right to communicate.  If we leave =
it as it is, it will be very difficult for us to agree that we are =
building an information society - as the majority will be left out," =
affirms Ojiambo Ochieng.

FOR MORE INFORMATION GenderIT.org: http://www.genderit.org.

The Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking =
Support Programme (APC WNSP) supports women networking for social change =
and women's empowerment through the use of ICTs.  The APC WNSP network =
comprises over 150 women from 38 countries.  Over three-quarters of =
members are active in regional WNSP networks in Africa, Asia, Central =
and Eastern Europe and Latin America. APC WNSP: http://www.apcwomen.org

The APC WNSP is a programme of the Association for Progressive =
Communications (APC).  APC is an international network of civil society =
organisations dedicated to empowering and supporting groups and =
individuals working for peace, human rights, development and protection =
of the environment, through the strategic use of information and =
communication technologies (ICTs), including the internet.  APC: =

CONTACT: Katerina Fialova, GenderIT.org project manager =

En Espanol


PRAGA, Rep=FAblica Checa - Activistas de g=E9nero y tecnolog=EDa del =
PARM de APC lanzaron GenderIT.org, un nuevo portal sobre tecnolog=EDas =
de la informaci=F3n y la comunicaci=F3n (TIC) para las mujeres y los y =
las responsables de la formulaci=F3n de pol=EDticas.

La pol=EDtica de TIC no se limita s=F3lo a la legislaci=F3n sobre =
infraestructura y operadores.  Una buena pol=EDtica de TIC puede =
promover el empoderamiento econ=F3mico.  Tambi=E9n puede contrarrestar =
los usos negativos de las TIC, como el tr=E1fico de mujeres.  =
GenderIT.org promueve la necesidad de contar con el activismo de =
g=E9nero en las pol=EDticas de TIC, as=ED como el "c=F3mo" de la =
presi=F3n por el cambio en dichas pol=EDticas.

Con el crecimiento de la infraestructura y el acceso, las TIC est=E1n =
empezando a permear las regiones m=E1s aisladas.  El acceso, o su falta, =
a un medio que en algunos lugares se ha convertido en uno de los =
principales medios de expresi=F3n, supervivencia econ=F3mica y toma de =
decisiones, es clave para las mujeres.  Kofi Annan, secretario general =
de la Organizaci=F3n de las Naciones Unidas, observ=F3 que: "No existe =
otra herramienta de desarrollo m=E1s eficaz que el empoderamiento de la =
mujer". Sin embargo, rara vez se tienen en cuenta las consecuencias de =
g=E9nero que tienen las pol=EDticas de TIC.

El Programa de Apoyo a las Redes de Mujeres (PARM) de la Asociaci=F3n =
para el Progreso de las Comunicaciones (APC) desarroll=F3 GenderIT.org =
para ampliar la conciencia de g=E9nero y TIC.  Se trata de una =
herramienta pr=E1ctica para los activistas de TIC, en particular las =
organizaciones y los movimientos de la mujer, a fin de lograr que las =
pol=EDticas de TIC respondan a sus necesidades y no violen sus derechos.

"Las TIC pueden ayudar a llevar comida a la mesa o a promover la agenda =
de los derechos reproductivos", dice Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng, de ISIS - =
Women's International Cross-Cultural Exchange de Uganda y miembro de la =
red mundial del PARM de APC.

=BFQu=E9 ofrece GenderIT.org?

Los temas: GenderIT.org detalla los temas de las pol=EDticas =
tecnol=F3gicas y sus consecuencias para que las activistas puedan ver =
con claridad las relaciones existentes en su trabajo en defensa de los =
derechos de la mujer.

Perspectiva mundial: GenderIT.org brinda un panorama con el foco =
especialmente puesto en Africa, Asia, Europa central y oriental, y =
Am=E9rica Latina.

Recibimos notas de representantes regionales de GenderIT.org sobre =
pol=EDticas de TIC en esas regiones.

Eventos y =BFQui=E9n es qui=E9n?: GenderIT.org presenta a los =
principales actores y escenarios de pol=EDticas de TIC tanto en el plano =
internacional, como nacional.

Recursos y art=EDculos: GenderIT.org vincula lo local con lo global, =
para que los y las activistas puedan aprovechar los avances en los =
instrumentos y procedimientos de pol=EDtica internacional.  Tambi=E9n =
presenta los ejemplos y las consecuencias de las pol=EDticas locales y =
regionales de TIC.

Secci=F3n de los responsables de formular pol=EDticas: GenderIT.org =
tambi=E9n le brinda orientaci=F3n a los y las responsables de la =
formulaci=F3n de pol=EDticas respecto de c=F3mo dise=F1ar planes =
nacionales de TIC que sean sensibles a las cuestiones de g=E9nero.

Anti jerga: GenderIT.org desmistifica el lenguaje t=E9cnico de las =
pol=EDticas de TIC Como centro de distribuci=F3n de todos los recursos, =
documentos y art=EDculos sobre temas de g=E9nero y pol=EDticas de TIC, =
GenderIT.org ayuda a la comunidad de activistas de esa =E1rea a =
mantenerse informadas sobre las cuestiones candentes y los marcos de TIC =
que se est=E1n elaborando a nivel nacional, regional y mundial.

=BFQui=E9n est=E1 usando GenderIT.org?

GenderIT.org es una plataforma abierta para que todos los y las =
activistas de g=E9nero y TIC puedan publicar su trabajo.  Re=FAne a =
diversos actores para crear asociaciones y alianzas.

"El proyecto Monitor es una herramienta clave y =FAnica para llevar =
adelante nuestra alfabetizaci=F3n tecnol=F3gica a fin de que tanto el =
personal como nuestras socias puedan acceder f=E1cilmente a los recursos =
que nos ayudan a entender los temas relativos al acceso, los contenidos =
y las pol=EDticas", coment=F3 Joanne Sandler, subdirectora del Fondo de =
Naciones Unidas para la Mujer (UNIFEM).  "Esto es importante para el =
trabajo que ya se est=E1 haciendo de apoyo a las organizaciones que =
defienden los derechos de la mujer y, adem=E1s, cae justo en los =
preparativos de la Cumbre Mundial sobre la Sociedad de la Informaci=F3n, =
cuando se precisa un compromiso claro y firme con la incorporaci=F3n de =
los intereses y perspectivas de las mujeres en la formulaci=F3n de =
pol=EDticas de TIC".

"Ponerle g=E9nero a la pol=EDtica es una tarea bastante dif=EDcil.  La =
combinaci=F3n de g=E9nero y TIC hace que el activismo sea mucho m=E1s =
duro en los pa=EDses en desarrollo.  Hay que dirigirse a p=FAblicos =
m=FAltiples y dise=F1ar una comunicaci=F3n espec=EDfica con cada uno de =
ellos.  El sitio GenderIT.org del PARM de APC es un recurso estupendo =
que responde a estas necesidades y le ofrece municiones a las activistas =
de g=E9nero como yo", explica Anita Gurumurthy, directora de cabildeo de =
ITforChange.net, de Bangalore, India.

Las creadoras de GenderIT.org esperan que el portal aliente a m=E1s =
mujeres a integrarse a los procesos de TIC del mundo entero.  "Nuestra =
participaci=F3n en las pol=EDticas de g=E9nero y TIC es clave porque las =
precisamos para poner al d=EDa el derecho de cada individuo a =
comunicarse.Si dejamos las cosas como est=E1n, nos resultar=E1 muy =
dif=EDcil ponernos de acuerdo para construir una sociedad de la =
informaci=F3n - ya que la mayor=EDa quedar=E1 afuera", afirma Ojiambo =

POR M=C1S INFORMACI=D3N GenderIT.org: http://www.genderit.org.

ACERCA DEL PARM DE APC El Programa de Apoyo a las Redes de Mujeres =
(PARM) de la Asociaci=F3n para el Progreso de las Comunicaciones (APC) =
apoya a las redes de mujeres por el cambio social y el empoderamiento de =
la mujer mediante el uso de TIC. La red del PARM de APC incluye a unas =
150 mujeres de 38 pa=EDses. Las tres cuartas partes de las integrantes =
del PARM trabajan en redes regionales de Africa, Asia, Europa central y =
oriental, y Am=E9rica Latina. APC WNSP: http://www.apcwomen.org

El PARM de APC es un programa de la Asociaci=F3n para el Progreso de las =
Comunicaciones (APC).  La Asociacion para el Progreso de las =
(APC) es una red internacional de organizaciones de la sociedad civil =
dedicadas a apoyar y empoderar a los grupos e individuos que trabajan =
por la paz, los derechos humanos, el desarrollo y la protecci=F3n del =
medio ambiente mediante el uso estrat=E9gico de las tecnolog=EDas de la =
informaci=F3n y la comunicaci=F3n (TIC), incluso internet.
APC: http://www.apc.org

CONTACTO Katerina Fialova, coordinadora de proyecto de GenderIT.org =

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