|Gender and Information Society||April 2010|
IN THIS ISSUE:
• Call for Research Proposals on 'Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society'
• In Search of Economic Alternatives for Gender and Social Justice: Voices from India
MORE ITfC NEWS ON:
• Gender and Information Society Nov 2009
• ITfC Bulletin Dec 2009
• Public Software News Apr 2010
• Gender Research Associate
• Gender Research Assistant
Call for Research Proposals - IT for Change, with support from IDRC, has launched an Asia-Wide Research Program, 'Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society'. This initiative proposes to explore how the concept of citizenship may be useful to study the gendered context of the emerging techno-social paradigm. It aims to build a theoretical framework and generate policy directions from the standpoint of marginalised women in the region. The Program will award about 8 grants of up to 25,000 USD each, for one year of primary research. The deadline to send the Pre-Proposal is April 28th, 2010. For more information please go to www.gender-IS-citizenship.net.
Gender Dynamic Coalition: Contribution to the Internet Governance Forum - The Gender Dynamic Coalition, along with IT for Change, issued a statement on the Internet Governance Forum's potential to cast light on gender issues within the otherwise highly technical arena of Internet Governance. While the Coalition believes that the IGF mandate deserves renewal, it recommends significant structural improvements beyond 'formal' openness and procedural awareness of gender issues.
FROM THE FIELD
Radio and Women's Empowerment - On Feb 15 2010, IT for Change celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the Kelu Sakhi ('Listen, My Friend') radio programme, which is a key component of the Mahiti Manthana project implemented across rural villages from the Mysore district of Karnataka, India. The project encourages communities to use radio to tell their stories and assert their perspective through peer-to-peer communication. The radio is also used pedagogically as a space for organisation building.
Photo Exhibition - Young Girls' Perspectives - Adolescent girls (kishoris) from rural villages in the Mysore district were trained in audio and video content creation to promote contextual and participatory learning processes. IT for Change, in partnership with grassroots collectives of Mahila Samakhya Karnataka, a women's empowerment intervention of the Government of India, will hold a photo exhibition in April and May.
Locating Gender in ICTD Projects: Five Cases from India - The National Institute for Smart Government, under its 'ICTD project' has published research undertaken by IT for Change. The book is based on a study that sought to understand how principles of gender sensitivity can be incorporated into ICT projects through analysis of five interventions. Click here to have access to a pdf version of the book.
In Search of Economic Alternatives for Gender and Social Justice: Voices from India - The article 'Reclaiming Development in the Information Society' has been published in the book In Search of Economic Alternatives for Gender and Social Justice: Voices from India. Written by Anita Gurumurthy and Paraminder Jeet Singh, the article asserts that feminist analysis must focus on the spaces of resistance to transnational capital accumulation in the information society, to stress the collaborative over the competitive. New information and communication processes have the potential to empower marginalised groups' citizenship, particularly in the case of women. Read more.
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