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Community Building

Developing Software in an Equal and Collaborative Environment

Organization Name: Community Communications Online (c2o)

[Asia/Pacific - Australia]

D3 maintains a database of still images and words

Community Communications Online (c2o) is an Australian-based applications service provider that targets local activist and civil society groups. One of the main services they provide is a web content management tool called Web Origami Kit (WOK), which allows for collaborative web-based multimedia projects. c2o tested and implemented an evaluation plan based on GEM on a project called D3, a prototype interactive story-telling engine that runs through the Melbourne Central Business District, gathering images and stories. D3 is currently being managed by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, with c2o providing creative and technical support for the project.
GEM was not utilized to specifically address the experience of women in using the WOK, but as a holistic ICT evaluation methodology. c2o were particularly looking into how gender, race and age affected the formal and informal roles the various project team members played for the duration of the development of the project.

 

ICT Skills Training for Women in Rural Communities in Nigeria

Organization Name: Fantsuam Foundation

[Africa - Nigeria]

Fatsuam Foundation

Fantsuam Foundation's overall objective is to promote access to ICT facilities and skills' training among women in rural communities in Nigeria. In partnership with these communities, the Foundation is setting up Community Learning Centres (CLCs), where trainings and access to ICT equipment is provided. The BayanLoco Community Learning Centre has been the most successful among the CLCs and received the first African Hafkin Prize. Part of the monetary award was set aside to provide scholarships to women and girls who enrolled in IT skills training at the Centre.
GEM evaluation was used to find out if the services provided in the CLC contribute to women and girls' empowerment. One of the main questions raised in their evaluation was how the CLC was able to address the biases and fears of women in relation to ICTs.

 

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.

 

ICT Advocacy

Fifth Women: Raising Awareness about Violence Against Women in Slovakia

Organization Name: Initiative Fifth Women

[Central and Eastern Europe - Slovakia]

OĽGA Pietruchová (second from right) launches the Fifth Woman campaign

Fifth Woman was the first nationwide campaign on violence against women (VAW) in Slovakia, and has had a profound impact on public opinion. The campaign was launched by seven local women's organizations with an active history of working in this arena.
Since the impact of the campaign was already evaluated, they focused their GEM evaluation on two particular issues: on the use of ICTs in the Campaign itself and gender differences in the resulting discussions about the issue of violence against women. To find out about gender differences in the feedback about the campaign and on the issue of VAW, they did content analysis of comments given in the online discussion on the Fifth Women campaign website (www.stopnasiliu.sk), and on the articles about the campaign published on the Internet.
The evaluation findings provide very useful information for organisers of the VAW campaigns, as well as for all activities involving communication about the issue of VAW with the public.

 

Using ICTs to Promote Women's Human Rights among Youth

Organization Name: Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation

[Central and Eastern Europe - Bulgaria]

Public Internet club full of young boys playing games and browsing the web

Communication for Advocacy Plan was the first project with an ICT component implemented by Bulgaria Research Centre. The idea was to use the website as an effective communication tool with young people, especially boys, in campaigns against violence against women. The project was very successful and got excellent feedback not only form young students themselves, but also from teachers and parents.
However the data that would enable BGRF to measure the real outreach of the website among the teenagers and the public in general were missing, as well as the data on Internet use by different social and age groups in Bulgaria. The project team decided to apply GEM to explore the deeper impact of the campaign. The main goal of their evaluation was to assess the effectiveness and possibility of using a website for campaigning against violence against women among youth, and to evaluate the influence of ICT usage on teenager participation in NGO initiatives. The specific gender goal was to understand how differences in how boys and girls view the project, as well as in their use of ICTs, particularly the Internet.

 

ICT Education and Training

Capacity Building of Lithuanian Women through ICT and Networking

Organization Name: Women’s Issues Information Centre

[Central and Eastern Europe - Lithuania]

WIIC Logo

Women's illiteracy and lack of opportunities for better education are not issues in Lithuania. However the level of education does not ensure better-paid jobs for Lithuanian women. The project evaluated by Women’s Issues Information Centre (WIIC) aims to improve the economic status of women in five rural and less dynamic areas of Lithuania via application of ICT.
The overall goal of their evaluation was to get feedback from women who attended basic training courses, and to find out if the courses had an impact on their learning as well as in their lives. The evaluation questions formulated by a four-person evaluation team addressed the following ICT and gender issues: did ICTs respond to women's current needs; were women interested in free of charge ICT training sessions; was women’s access to the Internet ensured; how did computer rooms influence the decision to use the computer and the Internet. The WIIC evaluation employed questionnaires for collection of quantitative data and focus-group interviews for finding qualitative information.

 

ICT Training by Women, for Women

Organization Name: Asia Pacific Women's Electronic Network Training (WENT)

[Asia/Pacific - Philippines]

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The Asia Pacific Women's Electronic Network Training (WENT) began as an annual regional ICT training workshop in Seoul, Korea in 1999 to train key women’s organisations in the effective use of Internet-based communication tools in exchanging and disseminating information on the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) Review Process in Asia, and to enhance their overall ability to utilise new ICTs for ongoing national development programmes. Since then, WENT has held diverse, specialized regional and national trainings in the Asia-Pacific region.
WENT conducted the GEM evaluation to inform future planning of the training programme. Their evaluation focused on how WENT satisfied the ICT needs of women and their organisations, specifically if it was able to increase the capacity of women information and communication providers in making decisions on using ICT within their organisations. One of the methodologies used in their evaluation was the review of testimonials collected from the applicants of the WENT Award. The WENT Awards were opened to all regional and national WENT graduates, and presented a novel way of gathering qualitative data. The WENT-GEM Framework was used as a guide in designing the Awards.

 

Revitalization of the War-Affected Areas of Croatia Utilising ICT

Organization Name: ZaMirNET

[Central and Eastern Europe - Croatia]

ZaMirNET JOb Search Training

ZaMirNET is a non-governmental organisation that uses ICT to provide and create information relevant for civil society development in Croatia. ZaMirNET evaluated its Job Search Training, which aimed to increase the career planning skills and knowledge of people living in the war-affected areas of Croatia. Because of substandard living conditions and lack of employment opportunities, many people in these areas are reduced to passivity.
ZaMirNET's evaluation aimed to monitor the impact of the course on the increase of participants‘ skills, knowledge and motivation. Special attention was given to gauging the effect of the training on participants' self-confidence. Since ZaMirNET had experienced lower responses from women over 40 in its earlier ICT trainings, the evaluation team decided to measure not only gender, but age-related differences in impact and feedback.

 

News and Information

Advancing Women’s Rights through Information Distribution

Organization Name: KARAT Coalition

[Central and Eastern Europe - Poland]

KARAT Coalition Logo

KARAT is a regional coalition of organizations and individuals from 18 countries. The Coalition works to ensure gender equality in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.
Karat Coalition evaluated their electronic news bulletin distributed to members and non-member organizations and individuals throughout CEE and CIS countries. They conducted a questionnaire survey among their audience to gauge how effectively the KARAT News satisfies their readers’ needs. Their evaluation addressed several key gender and ICT issues such as local women‘s organizations access to information and internet, and the contribution of women-focussed information resources to women’s empowerment.

 

Ciberenredadas: Creating Positive Image of Women in Media

Organization Name: AMARC LAC Women´s Programme

[Latin America and Caribbean - Bolivia]

AMARC-ALC  Micro

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.

 

Women's Information for Empowerment

Organization Name: Modemmujer

[Latin America and Caribbean - Mexico]

Modemujer-logo

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.

 

Telecentre

Bringing ICTs to Philippine’s Remote Areas

Organization Name: Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)

[Asia/Pacific - Philippines]

MCT Volunteers

The Multi-purpose Community Telecentres (MCTs) project was initiated by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, a government agency of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The initiative brought seven personal computers and Internet access to Philippine’s remote areas to provide rural communities access to ICTs.
One of the valuable learnings from the first stages of the implementation of the project was the low utilization of MCTs by the community members. PCHRD realized the oversight and made a changes in the original project design. Their GEM evaluation examined the impact of the changes, and to what extent women and men in the community use the telecentre. The MCT evaluation employed a number of creative qualitative methodologies. The community members and MCT volunteers stories were gathered among others through journals that all MCT volunteers were required to keep. Another aspect that made MCT evaluation unique was the participatory approach to the process. The community members were involved in the evaluation, not only as subjects and respondents, but they participated in the analysis of the data gathered about the use of MCT.

 

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.

 

ICTs as Tools For Rural Women's Empowerment

Organization Name: Isis-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE)

[Africa - Uganda]

ISIS-WICCE Logo

In 1993, Isis-WICCE relocated to Africa from Europe with an objective of developing relevant, efficient and effective mechanisms of generating and disseminating information about women in Africa, in order to make their issues visible to the global debates and agenda. In response to the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action calling for combating negative portrayals of women, ISIS-WICCE set up rural women’s information units in three districts in Uganda (Mubende, Iganga and Luweero).
One of them, the Mubende Rural Women’s Information Unit, was selected to be evaluated with GEM. The Information Units were set up as the central place for women to meet and acquire skills in generating, processing and disseminating information of concern to women’s issues. The Mubende Unit utilizes both old and new information and communication technologies, which include drama, radio, tape recorders, mobile telephones, television, photocopier, computer and video. In their evaluation ISIS WICCE aimed to document how women leaders are using different type of ICTs, identify areas for improvements, and find out how ICTs contribute to women's empowerment.

 

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.

 

Womens Networking

ICTs as Tools for Addressing Gender Issues by Women and Women's Organisations in Uganda

Organization Name: WOUGNET - Women of Uganda Network

[Africa - Uganda]

WOUGNET WorldSpace Satellite Radio Program

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) is a non-governmental organisation established in May 2000 by several women's organisations in Uganda to develop women's use of ICT tools for information sharing and to collectively address issues. WOUGNET's emphasis is directed towards email and the web, and how these technologies can be integrated with the traditional means of information exchange and dissemination for maximum outreach.
WOUGNET used GEM to evaluate its website and mailing lists. Specifically, they assessed the relevance of distributed information and the effectiveness of their information services. The GEM evaluation assisted them in identifying information needs of their constituency, and to draw attention to the challenges women and their organisations in Uganda face in making full use of the Internet.

 

Teleworking in Malaysia

Organization Name: Mothers for Mothers (M4M)

[Asia/Pacific - Malaysia]

M4M WORK@HOME

Mothers for Mothers (M4M), formed 1998, is a network of mothers involved in women’s networking activities to promote the concept of working from home. The network believes that through ICT, women can earn an income without having to leave their homes and sacrificing their responsibilities to their families. Their evaluation aimed to understand the problems faced by women and men teleworkers,and look into how ICT can help improve lifestyles in order to enable women to cope with their multiple roles (the triple roles of women manifested in child care, housework and income-earner). M4M’s evaluation team used a combination of methodologies including home visits, focus group discussions and a questionnaire survey. M4M will use evaluation results to guide the M4M national campaign promoting telework for women to the Malaysian government and corporations as well as a basis for further project development and fundraising.

 

Women Mayors’ Link: Using ICTs to Mainstream Gender in Local Governance

Organization Name: Equal Opportunities for Women Foundation

[Central and Eastern Europe - Romania]

SEF Logo

Women mayors are often elected in small impoverished rural localities where men are not interested in taking responsibility for poorly paid and hopeless positions.
Women Mayors' Link is a networking initiative among women mayors in Romania, at the local community level as well as nationally in the 11 countries of the Stability Pact coordinated by Sanse Egale pentru Femei/Equal Opportunities for Women (SEF) Foundation. Women Mayors’ Link aims to foster cooperation between women mayors and local governments and local women's networks in preparing small projects to improve the quality of life of women and children in local communities.
The main objectives of the WML and GEM evaluation were to evaluate how and to what extent ICT tools influenced the networking process at the national, regional and international levels; and the building of partnerships to foster mainstreaming of gender in local governance.