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Gender and ICTs

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' (Women of Equal Value) Karnataka, a women's empowerment intervention of the Government of India, and UNICEF.


'Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society' Programme

With about 10 days left for the deadline on pre-proposals for the Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society Program, we are rather hopeful that there will be in the next few days, a steady email flow of applications. Indeed, the past month after the launch of the Program has been exciting. We have had discussions with many organisations and scholars and feel rather affirmed by their interest in the Program. Having the Project advisors come on board was the first pat on the back; the issue of gender and citizenship in its indisputably organic link with the digital space that we all inhabit is an area that southern feminist scholarship needs to immediately look at.


Final Pre-Proposal Selection Announcement

After carefully reading through 34 detailed and fascinating project Pre-Proposals, the Advisory Group of the Gender and Citizenship in the Information Society Research Program have finally selected a small group of particularly outstanding and diverse ideas best suited for the overall objectives of the Program.  The Advisory Group and Program Secretariat devoted a significant amount of time, discussion, and critical thought into the final selection. Selection criteria focused on the following: First-order Consideration 1.


IT for Change Lectures at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy & Humanities, Manipal University

On July 9th, 2010 IT for Change will deliver two lectures at the Fifth Summer School on Philosophy for the Social Sciences and Humanities, at Manipal Centre for Philosophy & Humanities, Manipal University. Anita Gurumurthy brings the gender perspective to analyse the Information Society in her talk 'Fat-free ice cream, alcohol-free beer and feminism without women - How to make sense of gender discourse in the information society?'.


Journal of Community Informatics - Special Issue on Gender

The Special Issue of the Journal of Community Informatics on Gender, guest-edited by IT for Change, launched today.


Jul 23, 2010: Talk on "Locating Gender Politics in the New Techno-Industrial Complex” by Dr. Lisa McLaughlin

Talk on "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 Date: Jul 23, 2010 (Friday) Time: 4 p.m. Place: CIS - The Centre for Internet and Society No.


Mobile Plus - International Conference on Inclusive Growth through Mobile Applications

Chloé Zollman and Arpita Joshi had the opportunity to attend and participate in the Mobile Plus- International Conference on Inclusive Growth through Mobile Applications held in Chennai from the 15 to 17 September 2011. The three days of the conference were divided thematically. The first day looked at 'The emerging mobile landscape' covering a wide range of issues related to mobile development. The second day covered 'Strategies and applications' while the last day covered 'Communities and growth'.


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

IT for Change's new research project entitled, "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), Gujarat (SEWA) and Kerala (Kudumbashree).

Women, Citizenship and Participation

This post was a response by Anita on the discussion, Women, Citizenship and Participation: Beyond the Politics of Exclusion in the Gender Community e-mail list of Solution Exchange, India  It brings in some elements that pertain to the structural changes effected by digital technologies and the emergent information society, based on our work at IT for Change (

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