The Gender Analysis for ICT Localisation Initiatives guide reflects the collective lessons of localisation initiatives in Asia which used APC’s Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs (GEM) to strengthen their gender perspective in project planning, monitoring and evaluation.
[Report prepared by Daphne Sabines Plou, GEM Regional Coordinator for Latin America]
The Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) had several uses in the field testing that took place in seven projects in five Latin American countries (Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil) between May 2002 and December 2003. The field testing process included a series of training workshops in the use of the GEM tool and in the comprehension of the GEM framework.
[Report prepared by Katerina Fialova and Lenka Simerska, GEM Regional Coordinators for CEE]
Significant Gender and ICT Issues
Only one from the six GEM testing organization in Central east Europe was "non-women" initiative, three of them are women's networks (2 regional, 1 national), and the majority of the evaluated projects target women as main beneficiaries. Even there were variety in gender and ICT issues addressed in the CEE tester's evaluations, the most emerging one, that rise naturally from the context of the evaluated initiatives, was, how ICT's support and affect the work of women's organizations and networks.
[Report prepared by: Cheekay Cinco, GEM Regional Coordinator for Asia]
The Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) Testing Process in Asia was participated in by a diverse set of initiatives from a variety of countries.From the Multi-purpose Community Telecentre in the Philippines, which aimed to provide basic access to remote areas in the country, to the multi-media web-based project in Australia, the GEM Testing Process tried to cover as much of the spectrum of the ICT scenario/s in the region. The deliberate attempt to partner with a range of initiatives aimed towards reflecting the overall ICT inequalities and diversities in Asia Pacific.
The GEM Team analysed lessons learned from the first two years of GEM evaluation findings and compiled these reflections in regional and global reports.
Gender Evaluation Methodology for Internet and ICTs: A Learning Tool for Change and Empowerment, Preliminary Results Analysis and Tester Case Studies
Presented at the World Summit on the Information Society in December 2003.
To read the rest of the Global Report, download the file.
GEM has also been used to evaluate many projects and programmes around the world. You can read about these evaluations findings from our GEM practitioners showcases.
GEM is a guide to integrating a gender analysis into evaluations of initiatives that use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for social change.
GEM provides a means for determining whether ICTs are really improving women's lives and gender relations as well as promoting positive change at the individual, institutional, community and broader social levels.
In 2002, the APC WNSP regional networks, partners and other selected organisations began testing GEM to enrich the methodology and customize it to their own ICT networking contexts and social spheres. The GEM project team has been working with 27 organisations in evaluating a variety of initiatives spread over 20 countries. Initiatives include: