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Gender IS Bulletin, August 2010

 

Gender and Information Society
Aug 2010 - Quarterly Bulletin

GREETINGS!
Check out our main activities from April 2010 to July 2010.

IN THIS ISSUE:
Publication: Journal of Community Informatics Special Issue on Gender
Research: "Women's Enterprise and Information Technology"
From the field: Photo Exhibition: Empowering Adolescent Girls in Rural Villages
Event: A Talk on "Locating Gender Politics in the New Techno-Industrial Complex"
Event: Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society Meeting

MORE NEWS ON ITfC:

Gender and IS Bulletin April 2010
ITfC Bulletin April 2010
Public Software News July 2010


VACANCIES:

Research Associate - Gender
Research Assistant - Gender

PUBLICATIONS

Journal of Community Informatics - Special Issue on Gender

IT for Change was invited by the Journal of Community Informatics to guest-edit a special issue on gender and community informatics. The Journal of Community Informatics (JoCI) is a focal point for the communication of research to a global network of academics, community informatics practitioners and national and multi-lateral policy makers. The articles in the recently-published special issue are from various countries across the world and discuss how information and communication technologies have a transformatory impact on gender relations. From e-governance approaches and virtual spaces that generate a sense of community and solidarity to migrant women's ICT networks, the special issue spans a variety of topics exploring the relationship between community informatics and gender dynamics. Please read the journal here

RESEARCH

New Research Project on "Women's Enterprise and Information Technology"

IT for Change's new research project titled, "Women's Enterprise and Information Technology" with Dr. Lisa McLaughlin from Miami University-Ohio, will explore ICT policies and practices that seek to integrate women entrepreneurs, especially from the informal and small business sectors, into formal and global markets. Data collection is currently underway in three sites located in three Indian states: Karnataka (AWAKE), Kerala (Kudumbashree), and Gujarat (SEWA).

FROM THE FIELD

Photo Exhibition: Empowering Adolescent Girls in Rural Villages

A two day photo exhibition was organised in the villages Hosavaranchi (on Jun 7-8) and Attiguppe (May 31-Jun 1), in Mysore district, to showcase to the community the learning of adolescent girls who participate in the 'Kishori Chitrapata' (Adolescent girls' expressions on the video screen) Project, a collaborative intervention of IT for Change, 'Mahila Samakhya' Karnataka, a women's empowerment intervention of the Government of India, and UNICEF. The project aims to empower them through Information and Communication Technologies like videos, audio recorders, digital camera and computers. Read More here

EVENTS

Talk on "Locating Gender Politics in the New Techno-Industrial Complex"

CIS - The Centre for Internet and Society, CSCS - The Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, and IT for Change hosted a lecture "Locating Gender Politics in the New Techno-Industrial Complex" by Dr. Lisa McLaughlin, Associate Professor in Media Studies and Women's Studies, Miami University-Ohio, USA, on July 23, at CIS, Bangalore. Dr. McLaughlin addressed the gendered ties that bind the "new global governance" to the "new information economy", with a focus on women, work, and information and communication technology. Read More here.

Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society Program Meeting

IT for Change held the inception meeting of the research network on 'Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society' from July 27th through July 30th 2010 in Bangalore. Scholars and activists from Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Bangladesh and India who are being supported by IDRC to conduct research in their respective contexts on the question of gender, new technologies and citizenship, came together for this meeting. IT for Change, as coordinator of the research network designed an intensive 4 day interaction that investigated the potential for social change through ICTs in the shifting paradigm of the information society. Click here to read more.

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